The American Revolution Center commissioned the first national survey to assess adult knowledge of the American Revolution. The results show that an alarming 83 percent of Americans failed a basic test on knowledge of the American Revolution and the principles that have united all Americans. Click here to see the results...
GLENN: Let me share with you the state of America, a new poll that has come out from the American Revolution Center. Do I have that right, Stu? I mean, Pat?
PAT: Yeah, American Revolution Center.
GLENN: Okay, good. I had never heard of it quite honestly before, the American Revolution center. And they contacted the 9/12 project and I got this on my desk this morning and I read it and I was fascinated by it. There's a couple of things that are just, you know, that are stories, that are questions about the American Revolution. We'll get to here in a second to find out how much do people know about the founding of our country. But I found this more relevant, more concerning on the surface, a quicker death, if you will. If I asked you, do you find this right to be essential, important but not essential or not that important, how would you answer? Let's see where you are. The right to a fair trial. Essential? Important but not essential, or not important at all? How would you answer?
PAT: Did anybody say not essential?
GLENN: Not that important was 1%. Important, the right to a fair trial, important but not essential. 14%.
PAT: So that's 15% between the two.
GLENN: Yeah. 15% are like, fair trial, you get one, you don't get one, whatever. Shoot them in the head; don't shoot them in the head. The right to practice the religion of your choice.
PAT: Same three.
GLENN: Is it essential, important but not essential, not that important. 2% say, no, not that important. 18% say important but not essential. 80% say it is. The right to privacy: Essential? 76%. The right to privacy: Important but not essential, 22%. Not important, 2. 20, almost 25%, a quarter say you don't really have a right to privacy. The right to speak freely about whatever you want. This is what I like to call the right to free speech. The right to speak freely about whatever you want. Essential? Well, 2% say not that important. 28% say important but not essential. And only 70% say it is essential. The right to practice no religion, that's what I like to call freedom of religion because atheism is a set of ideas that guides your life. There is no god. You have a right to practice it and you must retain that right to be an atheist. 66% say it's essential to protect the right of people to say there is no god. Only 66%. The right to assemble, march, protest, or petition the government. Think of this. How important is it to be able to petition the government? To be able to collect signatures and say, hey, knock it off. How important is it for you to be able to assemble in your town square? Do you think that right is essential in America? 6% say no. 29%... and 65% say it is essential. How does a country survive when only 65% say the right to assemble is essential. Only 70% say a right to speak freely is essential.
STU: I mean, that's basically saying that the right to speak freely and assemble is about as common as the view of we don't like the current healthcare proposal. I mean, that's like, there's like that debate going on in this society over the freedom to assemble?
GLENN: That is amazing. Try this one on for size. Remember, right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness, what is that? What was it originally? Originally they changed it to take away power or future arguments from the South. It was originally life, liberty and property. The right to have your property not searched or seized. So in other words, the government can't come in and just say, I'm taking your property. The government can't come in and just say, I'm going to search it. Whoa, whoa, whoa, what right do you have? Only 59% think that that's a right. They can come in and search your property if they want to. They are the government. Only 59% think that that's essential. The right to own firearms, 19% say that's not important. 35% say it's important but not essential. Only 45% believe that you have a right to bear arms and it's essential to being a free nation.
Now let me give you some good news here if there is some. The right to own firearms? Last time they took the survey it was 33%. Now it's 45. The right to have your property searched or seized? That's actually down from the last survey. It was 60%. Now it's 59. The right to assemble and march and protest and petition the government. It was the last time 56%. Now it's 65. The right to practice no religion is steady at 66%. The right to speak freely is actually down from 72% to only 70 now. The right to privacy has gone from 78% to 76. The right to practice your religion of choice has gone from 81% to 80. And the right to a fair trial has gone from 86% to 84. Good news on the right to bear arms and the right to assemble. Pretty much bad news every place else. How does that happen to a nation? Well, I'll give you the theory that the American Revolution center has come up with. Because it's the rest of the survey. I think it's a pretty tough survey myself. There are a couple of questions there that I didn't know and I'm reading the founding fathers all the time. And a lot of people will say it doesn't matter if you know this kind of stuff. It obviously does because I do think that they are directly related to right to a fair trial? What? That's essential but not that important. The right to free speech and assemble?