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Thread: Majority of Americans can't name a single supreme court justice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Arrow View Post
    Most people find politics boring. There's a reason we average a dismal 55% voter turnout (in presidential election years). That's fine. Nobody should be obligated to care about politics. Some people just want to live their lives and do their best to get by.

    Time to stop shaming people for not devouring politics like political junkies like me.
    People should know the basics, regardless of their private interests. For example, local candidates, basic US history, their rights, so forth. Something that disturbs me is how few people fully understand their rights in legal situations. I honestly don't know the answer to this, but are US high school students not required to take mandatory civics and history classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaide View Post
    People should know the basics, regardless of their private interests. For example, local candidates, basic US history, their rights, so forth. Something that disturbs me is how few people fully understand their rights in legal situations. I honestly don't know the answer to this, but are US high school students not required to take mandatory civics and history classes?
    In fairness, the identities of local candidates are not always easy to find. Even harder to find is their political views. As I said, that all depends on where you live.
    "We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself."
    - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), American labor leader

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    I disagree. I simply think most Americans are ignorant and don't take the time to educate themselves.
    Because there is little point from their perspective in becoming informed. The deck is stacked against them and they realize this on some level.
    Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Because there is little point from their perspective in becoming informed. The deck is stacked against them and they realize this on some level.
    Bingo! Rational ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texan View Post
    We have representatives?
    Well, not at tPF where there are no elections, but in the United States, yes.

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    That is sad. I make it a point to know these things. I write letters. Make calls. Generally let them know that I'm out here watching them. I've called Sherrod Brown regularly. I think they track the calls. I live in a county that hasn't voted democrat in 200 years. I'm not sure he could even find it.
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    Notice @Common has NOTHING to say about the SMACKDOWN Donnie Dark got today ...

    SO we'll go with silly Gorsuch Crap and the ignorance of the American People.

    AWESOME!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Because there is little point from their perspective in becoming informed. The deck is stacked against them and they realize this on some level.
    Well that and the Bachelorette is on at 8:00 PST...
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    Well that and the Bachelorette is on at 8:00 PST...
    Immediately followed by celebrity apprentice.

    Neither show have I seen.

    How about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Most people are drooling idiots, that's evidenced by a lot of the $#@! we see here.

    Hooray for democracy...
    Aren't you one of those geniuses who believes the 14th amendment is somehow unconstitutional?

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