Dinner Topics for Thursday
North Dakota is Teaching American Greatness
RUSH: This is from the Independent Journalism Review. You know, there’s a lot of young bubbling up there effervescent conservative websites out there. There are a lot of them and they are disdainful of the Drive-By Media, and some of them are even disdainful of the so-called existing conservative media, guys like James O’Keefe and Jason Mattera, but there are a bunch of others, the Campus Reform guys, GotNews.com.
There are a bunch of really pedal-to-the-metal young conservative — Conservative Review is one — websites out there, and they are take no prisoners. Independent Journalism Review is one of them and there’s a story here about North Dakota is taking a new approach to ensure that its youths learn the value of the greatness of the United States.
“In an effort to ensure that high school graduates are aware how the U.S. government operates, the state legislature in North Dakota is considering a new bill, which would impose one more requirement on seniors prior to graduation. From the Jamestown Sun newspaper: ‘A bipartisan bill being introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would require high school students to pass the same civics test as new Americans seeking citizenship before they could graduate.’
“The proposed bill has many backers, including the Civics Education Initiative, whose goal is to have similar laws enacted in every state by September 17, 2017 — the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Some of the questions from the civics test that would be embodied by the new legislation involve American government, history, and integrated civics.”
You want to hear some of these questions? Okay, here we go.
Number one: “What is the supreme law of the land?”
See, now, Snerdley, there you go arrogantly, condescendingly answering the question as though everybody knows. Not everybody can answer that question. How many people — I gotta be very careful here. What is your answer to that question, what is the supreme law of the land? (interruption) That’s right, okay, you get a gold star. It’s the Constitution, 1787.
Now, you understand there are a lot of communities in this country you can go to, they’d be clueless, wouldn’t even know what you’re talking about. What do you mean, supreme law of the land? You mean cops can kill anybody they want? What do you mean, supreme law of the land? Understand there are a lot of people that wouldn’t even comprehend what’s being asked.
Question 2: “What is freedom of religion?”
Answer: It doesn’t mean belief in global warming. (interruption) Right, okay, okay, I know you can answer it. Right. You can answer it. The point is, they want to put these questions on a test in North Dakota that you can’t graduate ’til you know these things.
Number three: “What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?”
The answer today is “nothing.” If you’re the executive branch, nothing. But the answer, of course, is… (interruption) Separation of powers. Exactly right.
Number four: “What are two cabinet-level positions?”
Okay, now, you answer those easily, but not everybody else could. Secretary of state, secretary of Treasury, you know, police chief.
“Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?” Taxation. Okay, cool.
“Name one right only for United States citizens.”
You say it used to be voting? What about life and liberty? What about pursuit of happiness? Name one right only for US citizens. The right to carry arms. It could be a trick question. Some people say a trick question.
“What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?”
Ah, this is a trick question. (interruption) Right. It did nothing at the time, but it is perceived to have freed black people, so that’s true.
“Who was president during World War I?”
Predecessor Barack Obama, that’s right, Woodrow Wilson.
“Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States?”
Okay, Mississippi. What is the next longest, or what is another longest river? (interruption) No. Not the Rio Grande. The Missouri River. The Missouri River is huge. There’s a Missouri River, it bisects the state of Missouri north to south. Missouri River, oh, yeah.
“Why does the flag have 13 stripes?”
[It stands for the 13 original colonies.]
Do you know how few people know that? I mean, that question befuddles people like you can’t believe. Anyway, there are people that oppose doing this, do you understand this? There are people in North Dakota who oppose this, and those people should be voted out of office as soon as possible. This is just a baseline requirement. What can there possibly be to object to in this?
You can’t say it’s too hard. You can’t say it’s discriminatory. You can’t say it’s racist. You can’t say it’s sexist. You can’t say it’s bigoted. How is it discriminatory? (interruption) Oh, it’s discriminatory because it discriminates against people who don’t know. Right. They don’t have white privilege and haven’t been taught this stuff. Right, right, right. Okay, anyway. Here again, folks, if I may… (interruption) Well, look, these are not all the questions. It stops here at number 10.
The question on when did the United States steal Mexico is not here. It’s just not here. They only had space to publish 10 of the questions. So when the United States stole Mexico is probably, I don’t know, question 18.