How ignorant are Americans of their own country's history? This ignorant:
A majority in every state except Vermont has failed the U.S. Citizenship test, the latest sign that Americans aren’t very good history students. In the multiple choice version of the test given to immigrants seeking citizenship, 53 percent of Vermonters passed.
More than half of those in every other state failed, and in Washington, D.C., 58 percent failed, said the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, which does the survey. Only one-in-four nationally passed the 20-questions. In its latest test, the Foundation said that 15 percent of adults knew the year the Constitution was written and only 25 percent knew how many amendments there are.
Also, of 41,000 quizzed, 25 percent did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment, and 57 percent did not know that Woodrow Wilson was the commander in chief during World War I. The top states were Vermont are Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, and Virginia. At the bottom were Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
No surprise here. For decades, history of all kinds has been de-emphasized (unless it's taught as a litany of race, sex, and class transgressions), the better to sever the connection between Americans and their own country.
“Unfortunately, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation has validated what studies have shown for a century: Americans don’t possess the history knowledge they need to be informed and engaged citizens,” said Foundation President Arthur Levine.
How about that!
Five dead in the Aurora shooting, according to police. The shooter has been identified as Gary Martin.
Five police officers were shot, but they are not among the dead. They are recovering in the hospital, according to Fox News.
Kamala Harris is still the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination next year: she checks all the boxes of race, sex, class, etc. She's the female Barack Obama, and the Democrats think they can whip Trump with her via their coalition of the disaffected. But her fundraising might be falling a little short:
Some 17 days after announcing her 2020 Democratic presidential bid before a sizable crowd of 20,000, California Sen. Kamala Harris has issued an urgent email headlined “Falling Short.” In it, her campaign pleads for donations in time for the next Federal Election Commission reporting period, which campaigns use to show if they have the needed financial support to push through the Iowa caucuses.
“I need to be direct: right now, we are at a real risk of falling short of our February fundraising goals,” said the email signed “Kamala.”
Maybe, maybe not. Politicians are always broke, even when they're rolling in chips. And, in a potentially crowded field, Harris wants to get off to a fast start (especially in California) and clear the field as quickly as possible.
Democratic campaign experts said that it will cost candidates $50 million to $100 million just to get to the early 2020 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Several campaigns are competing with each other for donations and staff. Often as FEC deadlines near, campaigns issue dire warnings not because they are falling short but because they want to pump up their final number.
Whatever. Harris -- whom I've called the Most Dangerous Democrat in America -- is both photogenic and mean as a snake, and you can bet she'll go after Trump in a campaign that will make '16 look like a kindergarten class.
Cue the world's tiniest violin:
Couldn't happen to a better dirtbag.
'Thanks Lieutenant Dan!': A-listers, including former co-stars Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Jay Leno line up to pay tribute to Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise for helping veterans as the iconic movie turns 25 this year.
Just click over and watch the video. But understand that this one comes with an official Three-Hanky Warning.
The latest on the Aurora shooting:
According to reports, multiple people have been shot. Thankfully, according to Fox News, none of the injuries are life-threatening.
The suspect has been apprehended. He reportedly worked at the Henry Pratt Company, the manufacturing facility where the shooting occurred.
Police will be holding a news conference shortly.
The latest on the shooting in Aurora:
Live feeds of the active shooting situation in Aurora, Ill., where several people, including four police officers have reportedly been shot:
Via Fox News, live helicopter footage of an active shooting situation at the warehouse in Aurora.