The Dumbed-Down Democracy

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    Alfredo_T
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    Did you know that people wishing to become naturalized citizens, so that they can vote and become eligible for a US passport, have to pass a US civics exam? Did you know that some 90% of the people seeking to become naturalized pass this exam, yet most native-born Americans would fail? (Here is a sample test you can try.)

    Did you know that the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858 were presented at a roughly 12th grade level, whereas by the year 2000, Presidential debates were at a level slightly below middle school? What went wrong?

    #24843
    Andy Brown
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    What went wrong is the rise of Republican conservative power beginning with Reagan. They don’t want educated Americans and 30 years later we are now seeing what that has brought us.

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