Too bad we can’t declare independence from a wildly failing system of public education/indoctrination (not necessarily in that order).

From the NY Daily News:

How dumb are we?

Apparently, pretty dumb.

At least according to a new Marist poll, which says 26% of people in this country don’t know that the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain.

That includes 20% who were unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation.

So what country do people think the U.S. achieved its independence from?

Among the countries mentioned were France, China, Japan, Mexico and Spain.

Can you imagine somebody actually saying we declared independence from Mexico? The Obama administration is about a week away from declaring independence from Arizona in order to avoid declaring independence from Mexico.

And China? Oh, I wish.

Why am I guessing that if you broke down this poll along party lines, the vast majority of this 26% voted for Rainbows, Gumdrops & Unicorns?

Let’s close with a famous quote from Ronald Reagan: “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July; Democrats believe every day is April 15th.”

Happy Independence Day all!

Update: Watch this clip from Jay Leno and the above percentage will start to seem a little low — in particular I like the woman who says the US gained independence from Greece, and the college professor who thinks we won independence in… 1922:

Comments

2 Responses to “26% of Americans Don’t Know Who US Declared Independence From”

  1. Tech on July 5th, 2010 3:13 am

    It's not surprising. Every year they celebrate without knowing why.

  2. Barb Chansky on July 5th, 2010 4:05 pm

    …and grandpa probably went to school before the great war on poverty, department of education, and other wonderful inventions

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