We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well sure, anybody's gonna look dumb if you ask them about facts. But facts don't matter, it's all about how you feel. Who do you feel won the Civil War? There's no wrong answer to that - if you feel the Chinese won the Civil War, why, who has the right to question the validity of your feelings? If you feel like a woman, if you feel like you're black, if you feel like all white people are racists and all men are rapists, nobody can take that truth away from you by citing mere facts.
Every time I see one of these vids I console myself that there were probably ten times more people who answered correctly and it's not as bad as he makes it look. Maybe I'm right, or maybe I'm just trying to console myself....
I went to school in the 40's and 50's. We had 4 years of American history. The Civil War was part of that every year. Do they not teach American history anymore? If they do what is it that they are teaching that the Civil War doesn't seem to come up?
Believe it or not, many of these people went to college. I know because I was a college professor for 10 years and they were in my classes! With respect to their cluelessness--I repeatedly told them that they needed to get out more.
Well, rocdoctom, they heeded your advice to great excess. They went out: out to get drunk, stoned, wasted, inked, yea, stupid. They needed to be told to stay in...in the damned library and the books. They chose poorly.
The only comforting thought after watching this parade of buffoons is that it is unlikely that any of the idiots interviewed actually voted, has ever voted or ever will vote in their lifetime. Voting takes commitment, forethought, planning, following through and (hopefully) at least a passing knowledge of current events. That requires something more than a cavernous hollow between the ears which is all I saw in any of those interviewees.
I wish the followup question had been not "Did you vote?" (too easy to lie) but "Where and when did you vote, and who was running for various offices?" I doubt any of the interviewees could have answered those questions. They're too busy catching rays, man.
That reminds me of hitching coast to coast to California after graduating from high school and meeting my LA cousins for the first time. They were not scholars, shall we say, but they knew how to have a good time. My conclusion is that the knowledge of young residents of LA hasn't deteriorated over the decades- it was just as bad back in the day.
The beach is more fun than the library. That was true decades ago, and is still true.