In National Citizenship Poll, some people believe the “cold war” was caused by “climate change”

From the “altered state” history department and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation comes this worrying revelation that popped out of a survey. See red emphasis below.


PRINCETON, N.J. (Oct. 3, 2018) – Only one in three Americans (36 percent) can actually pass a multiple choice test consisting of items taken from the U.S. Citizenship Test, which has a passing score of 60, according to a national survey released today by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Only 13 percent of those surveyed knew when the U.S. Constitution was ratified, even on a multiple-choice exam similar to the citizenship exam, with most incorrectly thinking it occurred in 1776. More than half of respondents (60 percent) didn’t know which countries the United States fought in World War II. And despite the recent media spotlight on the U.S. Supreme Court, 57 percent of those surveyed did not know how many Justices actually serve on the nation’s highest court.

“With voters heading to the polls next month, an informed and engaged citizenry is essential,” Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine said. “Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test.  It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment. Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today.”

Levine went on to say that knowledge of American history is not an academic exercise, and that the future demands it.  “Americans need to understand the past in order to make sense of a chaotic present and an inchoate future. History is both an anchor in a time when change assails us and a laboratory for studying the changes that are occurring. It offers the promise of providing a common bond among Americans in an era in which our divisions are profound and our differences threaten to overshadow our commonalities,” Levine added.

Most Americans Don’t Know the Facts About Country’s Founding

The poll, conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, a nationally recognized full-service analytic research firm that partners with corporate and non-profit clients around the globe to meet all of their research and data needs, has a margin of error of ±3 percent with a random sample of 1,000 American citizens. The survey also found that:

  • Seventy-two percent of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states;
  • Only 24 percent could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37 percent believing he invented the lightbulb;
  • Only 24 percent knew the correct answer as to why the colonists fought the British;
  • Twelve percent incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led troops in the Civil War; 6 percent thought he was a Vietnam War general; and
  • While most knew the cause of the Cold War, 2 percent said climate change.

Despite the enormous struggles to demonstrate a basic understanding of American history, most respondents said U.S. history was an appealing subject during their time in school, with 40 percent noting it was their favorite and another 39 percent saying it was somewhere in the middle of favored courses of study.

Age Gaps Exist

Surprisingly, the poll found stark gaps in knowledge depending on age. Those 65 years and older scored the best, with 74 percent answering at least six in 10 questions correctly. For those under the age of 45, only 19 percent passed with the exam, with 81 percent scoring a 59 percent or lower.

American History Initiative

The teaching of American history has traditionally focused on memorization, dates, names and events. This poll shows that these methods of learning history have not been effective. In early 2019, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation will announce a new program designed to change the way in which history is taught and learned.


About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ( identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

I’m actually surprised it isn’t greater than 2 percent, given the low-information types that usually rally around climate change issues. OTOH, it may be that people reached by telephone were just messing with the pollsters by throwing out the wildest possible answer to the question about the cold war.

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Joel O'Bryan
October 3, 2018 12:35 pm

The most important lesson of history is that we humans are determined to ignore history.

The Left exploits this willful ignorance of history to their advantage.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 4, 2018 1:11 am

The left/progressives can only exist with an ignorance/poor population. That’s why they took over the school system to create Obama Phone Food Stamp generations. You want to stay poor vote progressives BIG government into office.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 4, 2018 5:06 am

“Only 24 percent knew the correct answer as to why the colonists fought the British.”

I understand the Americans thought they could get a better leader than mad King George III.

And America sometimes succeeded – there were some good leaders along the way, but then recently they have experienced difficulties – Bill was a problem – couldn’t keep it in his pants; Obama was a Harpo Marxist, bent on destroying the country, and Hillary would have been worse – and she sometimes appears as mad as old King George.

Trump, despite his bombastic nature, will probably do all right. He gets energy right, which is critical. He is also calling out the pervasive Marxist infection of American society, especially its educational system and media, which brought us fake news, fake global warming, fake energy, fake memories, fake sexual assault and fake everything else.

Many of these leftists are so deceitful that if they ever told the truth they would probably explode. 🙂

Mike Ozanne
October 4, 2018 10:49 am

“I understand the Americans thought they could get a better leader than mad King George III.”

Miserly buggers didn’t want to pay their taxes, after we saved them from the French….

Richard Patton
Reply to  Mike Ozanne
October 4, 2018 6:45 pm


Reply to  Mike Ozanne
October 4, 2018 8:55 pm

Who is going to save us from the French? We Canadians, that is.

Quebec politics have been batsh!t crazy for 50 years – and corrupt as Hell for longer than that!

All they do is drag down the entire country with their selfish nonsense.

It’s time to restart the Quebec Separatist Movement – this time we’re going to hold a Referendum in the Rest of Canada and TELL THEM TO LEAVE!

william Johnston
October 3, 2018 12:36 pm

“This poll shows that these methods of teaching history are not effective”. Any possibility that it shows that history is not being taught at all????? Or at least a dumbed down version. If older people know the dates, etc maybe it is because they were taught.

Reply to  william Johnston
October 3, 2018 12:56 pm

Yes, when I went to school as a Baby Boomer, we had to memorize dates and what happened of significance on those dates. But our generation decided that such knowledge was useless and we forced huge changes in the educational system. Now we can look back and see just how dumb we were….

Reply to  Pamele Matlack-Klein
October 3, 2018 4:00 pm

Pamele Matlack-Klein
October 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Yes, there were many dumb “experts” back than as there are now in the climate field.
However, the wonderful Climate Skeptics conference you organised in Porto last month was a great step towards a new future. Lots of good ammunition (and some whacky bits too) for us to use to try and change the crazy carbon free future the “experts” are trying to impose on us, even here in NZ with our new Climate Commission.
Many thanks for all the time you all spent on organising the conference for us all.

Reply to  Alastair Brickell
October 4, 2018 4:19 am

You are most welcome, Alastair. It was a great conference but all we did was provide a place for people like yourself to gather and discuss the science of a changing climate without resorting to alarmism or hyperbole. And we did it on our own, without funding from anyone, something that is lost on the CAGW folk who never seem to dip into their own pockets to pay for the exotic holidays in foreign cities.

Reply to  Pamele Matlack-Klein
October 3, 2018 6:08 pm

I’m a retired professor. The most common complaint I got from students was why should I know or memorize this, I can always look it up on Google.

Reply to  Allencic
October 4, 2018 7:19 am

The Greatest Speech Every Student Should Hear

Jordan Peterson

Reply to  william Johnston
October 3, 2018 1:07 pm

Most people will learn what they believe is important to them. A good teacher will imbue their pupils with a reason why what he is teaching is important. Knowledge without understanding is hard to build upon.

Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 3, 2018 3:17 pm

On the other hand, understanding without knowledge is impossible.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  william Johnston
October 3, 2018 1:33 pm

Even teachers who want to maintain standards are not being allowed to by Liberal, feel good, school administrators.

Teacher fired after refusing to give credit to students who didn’t turn in homework
“Diane Tirado has been a teacher for years, but she started at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie in August as an eighth grade U.S. history teacher.

“Teaching is a calling for me,” she said.

She assigned an explorer notebook project, which she said she gave students two weeks to complete.

When several students didn’t turn it in, Tirado found out about what she calls a “no zero” policy, which is reflected in the West Gate student and parent handbook. Below the grading rubric, in red lettering, the handbook states “NO ZEROS- LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%”

“What if they don’t turn anything in?” Tirado said she asked administrators. “‘We give them a 50.’ I go, ‘Oh, we don’t.’ This is not kosher.’”

Tirado was terminated on Sept.14, but there’s no specific cause mentioned in the letter from the principal because she she was still in her probationary period, according to the letter.

On her last day after she was informed, she had to pack up her classroom, Tirado wrote the message to her students on her whiteboard before she left and sent out a picture of it through a class app. Several students responded in support.

“You were right about not giving people 50s because why would you give them half credit for doing nothing?” wrote one student.”
source and read more at:

The intentional dumbing-down by the Left of American kids about history and government/civics starts in Jr High and proceeds through High School and College.
Justified under “participation trophy”-like virtue, the Left is leaving the American public malleable
to their manipulations. It is not just a US problem, but at least extends to Canada as well.

Dr Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology and University of Toronto discusses this with one of his classes here (a very excellent short YouTube video worth watching):
(you can skip ahead to 5:00 minute mark and get the last 2 1/2 minutes)

“communist system has an extensive network of admireres in the West, … especially in academics.”

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 3, 2018 2:28 pm

True story, told to me by one who was there.

There was a professor of Asian extraction who taught statics and dynamics at my school. Widely recognized as a superior teacher, his classes were always loaded. He was also a brutal grader. One innocent went to him after a test and complained about getting a zero for one of the problems.

“Professor, I set up the problem correctly, with all the right formulas and values. I just made a math error. Shouldn’t I get at least partial credit?”

The professor eyed the student for a bit, then replied:

“You graduate Stevens. You engineer. You build bridge. Half of bridge fall down. Noooo partial credit.”

Thus endeth the lesson.

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 3, 2018 3:12 pm

D. J. Hawkins

In the 70’s I sat my Scottish ‘H’ (Higher) grade technical drawing exam.

I miscalculated and positioned my drawing on the page incorrectly. 90% of the drawing was perfect, 10% was missing because it was off the drawing sheet.

I failed the exam.

My own stupid fault. If I couldn’t get the basic orientation calculation right, why should I pass the exam?

Today I would probably have been given 70% for submitting a worthless drawing.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  HotScot
October 3, 2018 6:37 pm

In a similar vein, I failed a Technical Drawing exam (what was then called U.E., or the University Entrance examination) by placing either (I forget which) sight line or horizon line a little bit high (or low). Only mark available to be given, zero.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 3, 2018 3:16 pm


You just identified the reason behind college age people self sorting themselves into Engineering and Science pursuits or into Liberal Arts degree programs.

Reply to  william Johnston
October 3, 2018 3:16 pm

There are so many hours in a school day.
The time that used to be taken up by subjects such as history are now being used to make sure that little Johnny is up to date on how CO2 is killing the planet, and why he’s entitled to have everything he wants provided via taxes on people who have more than he does.

October 3, 2018 12:39 pm

Having recently sat through a introduction to political science course with a classroom full of 18-20 year olds, it does not surprise me that the younger tier of their survey scored a 19%. Some of the members of the class couldn’t name the three branches of government, what responsibilities each had, or what document assigned them those responsibilities. It is sad, but not unexpected.

Lucius von Steinkaninchen
October 3, 2018 12:39 pm

Wait until actual climate alarmists make that claim. Indeed, I am surprised that they have not said yet that Global Warming caused no only the Cold War, but also the two world wars…

Reply to  Lucius von Steinkaninchen
October 3, 2018 12:53 pm

It is well known that SST dropped by 0.5 deg in 1946. The UK Met Office said so.

That is what started the cold war.

In the 1970s after 30y of the cold war it was the scientific consensus that we could be on the verge of a new ice age.

In 1990 the Russians stopped the cold war, leading to rapid run-away warming and a massive spike in 1998. Leading scientists like Jimmy Hansen were even warning the world about this as early as 1988 but no one would listen to him.

The rest is history. The Russians did it.

Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 1:03 pm

you got a good point there

October 3, 2018 12:43 pm

“some people believe the “cold war” was caused by “climate change”
Correct !
political climate of warm cooperation between the USA and USSR prevailed during ‘hot war’ 1939-1945. Subsequently in period 1947 – 1991 political climate cooled down descending into ‘cold war’

October 3, 2018 12:44 pm

“Only 24 percent knew the correct answer as to why the colonists fought the British”

Simple : because the King would not give them a refund on their teabags.

Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 1:10 pm

yeah…something along those lines, that and granting a state sanctioned monopoly.

Percy Jackson
Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 2:09 pm

well actually it was because the King did give them a refund on their tea making it cheaper
than smuggled Dutch tea causing smugglers to lose money so they responded by dumping
tea into the Boston harbour.

Earl Smith
Reply to  Percy Jackson
October 3, 2018 6:12 pm

What was kept secret from me over 60 years ago was the fact that the ships and cargo were owned by other Americans. John Hancock was the merchant who smuggled Dutch tea and would suffer substantial losses if the tea were allowed to unload. So his friend John Adams and other rabble dressed up as Indians to eliminate the competition.

So you can attribute the Revolutionary War to Mafia tactic employed by the Yankees years before anyone noticed the Italians organizing Mafia. (which actually originated as an Italian patriotic organization Mote Ale Franciosi Italia Alia (sp) formed to drive French conquerors out of Italy)

Earl Smith
Reply to  Earl Smith
October 3, 2018 6:13 pm


M Courtney
Reply to  Earl Smith
October 4, 2018 11:15 am

And if you really want to know why the white Americans rebelled against their Government look up “West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State” by the Federal Writers’ Project.

The Government in London listened to the complaints of the Iroquois British who felt they were being pushed off their land. King George III forbade expansion into the Allegheny Mountains by the White British. But this was felt to be a denial of their manifest destiny by the White British in the Americas.

The rest is a history of genocide.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 3:12 pm

Amazingly, tea bags or tea does not appear anywhere in the following.
So let me help you out here:

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 3, 2018 6:42 pm

I didn’t see anything about tea in there.

I did see numerous grievances though. It looks like declaring independence was the only thing left to do, if one doesn’t like being ruled by a tyrant.

Thanks, for that reminder, Joel.

Russ Wood
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 8, 2018 6:36 am

Reminds me a lot of England’s Magna Carta. I saw one of the originals a couple of years ago, with a ‘translation’ into modern English. Very detailed set of complaints, down to removing fish traps that were impeding river navigation. So, when one is (can we say it) royally teed off, listing all of the problems is a good way to start a solution. Pity the modern British Government has forgotten about that!

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 3, 2018 10:40 pm

Remember, this was written after the blood had already been shed. Some, want everyone to think it was only about tea, taxes and making a profit.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 5, 2018 3:43 am

Reply to Joel:

Jesus Joel! What a bunch of complainers… bitch, bitch, bitch…

Do you think the peasants back in Britain had it any better, or the serfs in Scotland and Ireland or the colonies?

If you guys don’t stop your chronic complaining, pretty soon you’ll be dividing into warring camps and tearing each other apart in a brutal Civil War – the most deadly, destructive (and unnecessary) war in USA history. Oh, wait a second – you already did that!

If you guys don’t stop your chronic complaining, pretty soon you’ll be dividing into warring camps and tearing each other apart in a new Cold War, complete with the usual disinformation campaigns – with fake news, fake global warming, fake energy, fake memories, fake sexual assault and fake everything else. You will tear up Clauses 39 and 40 of Magna Carta, the very foundation of our Rule of Law and our prosperity, and criminalize every man – based on the lies of every sociopathic woman. Oh, wait a second – you’re already there! 🙂

Seriously Joel, the USA is the hope of the world. Over 100 countries have fallen into the cesspool of Marxist degradation, and you elected Bill and Obama and then almost elected Hillary – she probably would have finished you off as a free nation.

For all his bombast, Trump gets energy right, and cheap reliable abundant energy is the lifeblood of society. Obama and others were on the road to destroying your energy systems, which means destroying your country. Trump gets a lot of other things right too, and may turn out to be the savior of your nation.

For those who hate Trump, I suggest you consider the alternative. You flirted with disaster with Bill and Obama and dodged a bullet with Hillary. So far, so good – but just barely!

Best personal regards, Allan 🙂

Barbara Skolaut
Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 5:03 pm

** snork! ** 😀

Barbara Skolaut
Reply to  Barbara Skolaut
October 3, 2018 5:05 pm

Reply to Greg.

October 3, 2018 12:48 pm

If it was multiple choice the weirdest answers are just the result of random choice. People don’t necessarily believe these things, they just have no idea and don’t really care.

Reply to  Susan
October 3, 2018 1:02 pm

Yes, this was certainly a multiple choice format.

What caused the cold war?

1. Russia
2. Russia
3. Russia
4. Russia
5. Russia
6. Global warming
7. Russia

[ Hint : if you want a passport, say Russia ].

October 3, 2018 12:52 pm

I find perfection of the spotless sun somewhat mesmerizing
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October 3, 2018 12:52 pm

“The teaching of American history has traditionally focused on memorization, dates, names and events. This poll shows that these methods of learning history have not been effective. ”
What? Us old folks were taught by memorization. It wasn’t fun (for me), but I sure knew all the answers to the above questions – with considerable background and dates for each. I went to school in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, California, Washington, and Kansas. (Yeah, we moved around a lot!) It was all memorization – even in California (’67-’68). According to the poll above, the old folks scored best. I seriously doubt they use such methods now. From what I’ve seen on Watter’s World, you must be passing if you just come to class occasionally.

Reply to  KaliforniaKook
October 3, 2018 1:13 pm

But, us ‘old folks’ had less history to memorize. 🙂

Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 3, 2018 1:35 pm

Yes. What they call history is what we call current events

Reply to  KaliforniaKook
October 3, 2018 1:14 pm

Yes, this logical aberration seems odd until you realise that the ones making this decision and designing the new “program” are the same generation which failed to learn anything at school.

They are told that PAST temperatures can get colder and colder each year.

They think that doctors can make a mistake when they ignorantly “assign” your gender at birth.

What you fail to realise ( as an older person who knows something ) is that millennials find being expected to know something very “offensive”. How dare you question them? It’s not “OK”.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Greg
October 3, 2018 7:16 pm

Saw a millennial MP dodge a couple of simple questions with…….

”stop pub quizzing me” when asked about her claims.

Dead from the neck up, mouth on auto-play.

Reply to  KaliforniaKook
October 3, 2018 3:22 pm

The older folks, the ones who were taught via memorization got the answers right.
The younger ones who have been through school since memorization has been abandoned did not.

And this proves that memorization doesn’t work?

Sounds like this poll was put out by a education major.

nw sage
Reply to  KaliforniaKook
October 3, 2018 5:54 pm

First, you no longer have to pass – you merely need a participation trophy!
Second, the subject we used to call ‘Civics’ and ‘American History’ are considered too boring to keep the little darlings awake so the circula has been sweetened up and diluted until nothing is learned. The teachers like it because they don’t have to show their students learned anything in order to show they teach nothing.

October 3, 2018 12:53 pm

…but 64% are absolutely positive Ford was telling the truth…and Trump lies


October 3, 2018 12:53 pm

You can’t fix stupid! Our education system fails on so many levels.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  Pamele Matlack-Klein
October 3, 2018 1:21 pm

Yep. Two relevant comments:
1. Since when is 60% a “passing grade”?
2. Never forget that 50% of the population is below average.

Reply to  Louis Hooffstetter
October 3, 2018 1:57 pm

When you go out in public…
…never forget that half to people you see

Are totally figging nuts

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Louis Hooffstetter
October 3, 2018 2:41 pm

Or as George Carlin said, “Think how stupid the average person you know is, and understand that half the people are dumber than that.”

Ill Tempered Klavier
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 7, 2018 9:11 pm

Thank the Great Spirit that half of them are at least a little smarter than that and a few of them are a whole lot smarter. 🙂 🙂

October 3, 2018 12:58 pm

The Millennials are greatly misunderstood. Think of them as the jokester generation and late night comedy shows and Facebook are their news sources.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 3, 2018 1:14 pm

Sadly, they don’t understand why nobody takes them seriously.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 3, 2018 7:51 pm

And even sadder is the fact that many of them are humorless snowflakes.

Russ Wood
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 8, 2018 6:39 am

And having been ‘the encyclopaedia’ to my sons when they were little, now my eldest (who DOES get his news from the American late-night shows) regards me as a know-nothing crumbly.

Terry Gednalske
October 3, 2018 1:14 pm

It was Woodrow Wilson, along with Teddy Roosevelt who started the “Progressive” movement which has resulted in all of today’s nonsense; including the dumbing down of history education!

Petit Barde
October 3, 2018 1:19 pm

I wonder if there is one negative event that has not been caused by CAGW :

– This morning my toast fell on the wrong side.

Reply to  Petit Barde
October 3, 2018 10:47 pm

If the weather hadn’t been so warm it wouldn’t have mattered as the butter would have been harder so there wouldn’t have been a wrong side. Damn global warming did it again.

Lisa G
October 3, 2018 1:19 pm

So I’m curious and I clicked on the ( link….. VERY DISAPPOINTED to see the prominent person smiling front page and center…… is a dark skinned muslim woman covered in a burkha…..

I get the “we are virtue signaling our patoots off, please like us…” vibe whenever I see that tripe.

sorry Woodrow org… not for me… Islamists burka-izing their wominz because the wominz can be stoned to death because they “make” the men be sexually attracted to them… and are equal to status of CATTLE….

really turns me off………

Reply to  Lisa G
October 3, 2018 1:51 pm

in London we had unusually hot July. On number of occasions seen young men in their late twenties or thirties in a t shirts, shorts and sandals and female companions assume of a similar age, more often than not wrapped head to toe in the black robes.
I don’t think my wife (or sister if I had one) would tolerate such attire inequity, but again the UK is free country, but for some not always.

Reply to  Lisa G
October 3, 2018 6:19 pm

You know who else has a burqa?

Multi-evaded multi-recidivist gangster Redoine Faïd (and his brother).

Peta of Newark
October 3, 2018 1:32 pm

So what’s the problem here.

This is the age of the buck pass – we have the interweb to answer all these dumb questions *and*, get this, its made of computers.
= perfect machines that *never* get anything wrong, never switch off, hence leading to a Utopia where Sputniks never burn, airplanes never crash, dams never overflow, trains & cars never wreck, finance systems are always rock solid. Even before weather/hurricane/tsunami *and* climate forecasts are always perfect.
How can there be *any* sort of problem.

And if anything does go wrong, we have lawyers to put it right.

I *do* like the ‘age’ part of it = “under 45s are clueless”
Nicely corresponds to the near total demonisation of saturated fat and its replacement with sugar

There it is – Eat a nutrient-free diet and you get nutrient-free people.

Mothers say that to their children, but what do they know?
Mothers are made of feelings, intuition and instinct.
A lot like their children until Coca-Cola gets in the way……. and then, even computers cannot repair the damage, they only serve to compound it.

October 3, 2018 1:54 pm

Two percent got it right! When the Soviet Union lost the Cold War they moved in to take over the environmental movement — Gorbachev started the Green Cross and gave global warming environmental speeches along with Gore. They knew the way to take over the West was not military war but NGO subversion.

Reply to  Alan
October 3, 2018 2:06 pm

Russia and Canada would be main beneficiaries of prolonged and sustained warming, but alas the GW appears to be over.
Last February Moscow had the HEAVIEST snowfall in 100 years. Today Calgary had the heaviest October snow in 60 years (according to the BBC’s weather man)

October 3, 2018 2:00 pm

“Only one in three Americans (36 percent) can actually pass a multiple choice test consisting of items taken from the U.S. Citizenship Test, which has a passing score of 60..”

Wow, that sure is a dismal state of affairs that the vast majority of USA citizens can’t pass a multiple choice citizenship test with a score above 60%. No wonder the national sentiment about immigration gone off the rails. Although maybe an immigrant or even a Green Card holder has a higher pass test than that, because they are trying harder to be a citizen some day. That is barely above answering random odds. And multiple choice at that. Sure is food for thought about maybe what is really wrong with the country. Are there that many people (citizen’s) that actually just don’t care, that ignorant that they can’t pass a citizenship test? If these people are hearing climate misinformation in this day and age of fake and opinionated news, then what hope do they have to understand the climate science in this debate? This is really disturbing news…I hope it isn’t true because if it is, I think we are in deeper trouble than from any future climate warming.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Earthling2
October 3, 2018 6:55 pm

The schools *are* in trouble because the socialists have taken them over and are using them to spread their lies and propaganda. This means the nation is in trouble. All it would take is enough of these ignorant people to put the Democrats back in power and then we will really be in trouble. Trouble we may not be able to recover from.

This coming November election is going to show us the relative strengths of the conservatives and the Liberals. Let’s pray we outnumber these fools or we will be headed back down the road to ruin that Barack Obama had us on..

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 3, 2018 9:27 pm

I saw an item on the news tonight about a Grade 10 school actually having a test in Social Studies where the correct definition of the political right was one of disparaging description. Conservatives they said were racists and practised misogyny, amongst other negative connotations. It is unbelievable that this can become official curriculum in high school. And it even starts earlier, in kindergarten on many issues we have all read about for years. The teachers union should not have that much control of what the curriculum actually is. That should be set by some process that gives young students balanced and standardized teachings so that they have the skills to make their own decisions about the world around them.

October 3, 2018 2:03 pm

Gorbachev’s speech:
““Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep.” -Mikhail Gorbachev, speech to the Soviet Politburo, November 1987”

October 3, 2018 2:19 pm

Now do a survey to ask how many knew that Crimea was seized by Russia from Ukraine and the South China Sea was claimed by China during Obama’s time in office. That is not asking them to identify those areas on a map either.

October 3, 2018 2:55 pm

Citizenship tests are pointless. As if answering a few questions by rote will stop a radical coming to the UK/USA intent on murder or installing a caliphate insidiously birth by birth. These people will never adopt OUR values. It’s lip service to integration that will never happen. It’s meant more to convince the indigenous population that something is being done. Nobody cares when an impostor is payed to take the test or the invigilator gives them the answers.

October 3, 2018 3:24 pm

The Democrats and their supporters are really dumb and ignorant and would like everyone else to join them in their darkness. They are doing their best to bring this about.

michael hart
October 3, 2018 4:10 pm

“And despite the recent media spotlight on the U.S. Supreme Court, 57 percent of those surveyed did not know how many Justices actually serve on the nation’s highest court”.

That doesn’t strike me as so bad, assuming that the remainder did know.
We’ve had these surveys before, showing how many people actually thought that Germany was on our side in WWII, and who couldn’t find the USA on a world map.

Look on the plus side: Hillary & Co. probably thought a lot of people might give a flying f if they could be persuaded that Russia had been trying to interfere in US elections. They didn’t bother to stop and ask how many people also thought Russia was one of the contiguous US States. It’s often not the answers that matter, but the questions. Team Trump probably asked themselves better questions.

Walt D.
October 3, 2018 4:41 pm

At the end of the Cold War, the Communists decided that environmentalism was the best chance they had of overthrowing capitalism.

Why choose Global Warming instead of Global Cooling? People in the old USSR had experienced and were not afraid of brutally cold winters. So they chose Global Warming with all the exaggerated bad outcomes.

Barbara Skolaut
October 3, 2018 5:10 pm

Some people think the cold war was caused by “climate change.”

“Too stupid to live” really should be a valid diagnosis. 🙁

Evan Jones
October 3, 2018 5:35 pm

Well, it’s good we won it before they had a chance to thaw out.

October 3, 2018 5:35 pm

I believe I’ve only been questioned in one phone poll.
If my memory serves me correctly, it had something to do with the latest disaster facing humankind.
Of course that might be a false memory, it must have been 2 or 8 years ago.
Don’t they record these things ??, I did a really good job of laying out my position.
Kinda wish I could hear the replay, (or maybe not).

Tom in Florida
October 3, 2018 5:46 pm

Since we are on the subject, how many of you know that originally in the Constitution Senators were to be chosen by the legislatures of each State. They were to represent the State in the federal government not people. The passing of the 17th Amendment changed that to a direct election and we have been worse off ever since.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2018 8:37 am

Well not if it meant ending up with UK and Aussie style political science chaos or Italian government roulette.

Anna Keppa
October 3, 2018 7:28 pm

What’s ironic here is that Woodrow Wilson was decidedly anti-Constitutional, deriding the Bill of Rights as “4th of July pieties”.

He, of course, was a progressive, believing that government existed to discern and foster the collective desires of the people.

Oddly–and consistently with other progs—he was silent on the mechanisms for the government to discern and act on changes in the desires of the people. Surely, the US couldn’t have a hundred-page referendum every few years….

But “experts”, you see, would figure all that stuff out. Just as they did in the USSR and in Venezuela today.


Patrick J Wood
October 3, 2018 7:31 pm

As others have written above. “communists” have taken over the shaping of the minds of our youth. I live in the New Orleans area. Not only have the cultural Marxists taken over and wish us to forget history, but they are also attempting to “erase” history. The statue and monument desecration is just the beginning.

Staffan Lindström
October 4, 2018 2:10 am

Lisa G, it’s a hijab not a burqa she’s wearing…

Reply to  Staffan Lindström
October 4, 2018 5:00 am

If you want to know anything about islamic traditions and culture, ask someone from sweden.

Reply to  Belf
October 4, 2018 11:47 am

Wow, that one cuts to the quick.

October 4, 2018 6:09 am

An ignorant populace is a manageable populace; an ignorant populace is unquestioning, malleable. Sheeple, bleating whatever the powers that be tell them to bleat.

D. Anderson
October 4, 2018 7:39 am

2% believe what the headline blares. That headline is close to click-bait.

Staffan Lindström
October 4, 2018 11:19 am

Belf, I could have been from Finland , swedish-speaking “Finlandssvensk” or even Norwegian/Danish. I’m in southern Finland rather often as my gf is from Esbo… (Just west of Helsinki)
Apparently Lisa G didn’t hear Boris Johnson’s joke about burqa-wearing women looking like letterboxes…
SMHI reporting snowcover every day since September 24… even some inland stations…

Robert B
October 4, 2018 2:47 pm

“with 74 percent answering at least six in 10 questions correctly. For those under the age of 45, only 19 percent passed with the exam, with 81 percent scoring a 59 percent or lower.”
I’m guessing natural selection at work.

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