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#31 9 years ago
NiteStryker;4954384Yes it is. Our entire country's system of government that have lasted over 200 years was created by a few great men. And our country came from a mere colony to a world superpower based on those ideals set forth by those "few great men". Without them, I doubt we would exist or have existed for so long.

I suppose the thousands that died in the Revolutionary war had nothing to do with it?




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#32 9 years ago
I suppose the thousands that died in the Revolutionary war had nothing to do with it?

That.




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#33 9 years ago

A democracy depends on an informed citizenry. When the general population is ignorant of the manner their government works then they allow themselves to be taken advantage of. By lacking general knowledge of their country the gp cedes control to those in power whom, without anyone to stop them, are free to do as they wish, a situation that will result in the powerful taking advantage of the ignorant. An informed citizenry, one that knows its rights, knows the principles those rights were founded on, and the history that led to the development of its rights is better prepared to protect itself from losing those rights.

I’m reminded of the book, Animal Farm, where the animals began with one set of principles that were slowly corrupted by the leaders. Their lack of attention to their principles resulted in the loss of the privileges they had attained. When a person is only narrowly concerned with their job, or their personal life, or whatever you will, and ignores the larger environment in which they exist and which affects them even though they don’t pay attention to it, they risk having that environment changed without their input and therefore put themselves at risk to be negatively affected by any changes that occur.

By being knowledgeable about rights, founding principles, and the history behind those rights and principles, people are better able to retain their rights.

Thomas Jefferson has a lot of good quotes on this subject, including one that influenced the first line of this post. Here’s a good one:

"If once (the people) become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions." -- Thomas Jefferson



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#34 9 years ago
Afterburner;4954391I suppose the thousands that died in the Revolutionary war had nothing to do with it?

Did they write our Constitution? No. And did I say "It was solely our Founding Fathers that did it, nobody else?" No.




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#35 9 years ago

General knowledge should really concentrate on subjects that actually "mean" something. I mean... If I know how many people died in the battle of Hastings, nice and good... but it doesn't help me a bit. However, if you see that the fact William actually won basically caused all the rivalry between England and France, it gains importance. L'art pour l'art, okay, but savoir pour savoir? (knowledge for the sake of knowledge) At least, it should not be more important than... well, the "important" part of knowledge. For example, I could bring up how many people have died in the conflict that began with the founding of the state Israel. But if I don't know anything about Islam, how am I ever supposed to know that this conflict will not just "go away" over time?


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#36 9 years ago

What is our current presidents name?




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#37 9 years ago

Well what I would love to tell people in America is to ask them "Do you know how the USSR vs. USA feud started?" I doubt many people would know.......

Then ask them what was the most important war of the 20th Century? Most would say WWII, I hate that overrated-ness....... (true answer WWI)




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#38 9 years ago

The most important war... honestly, naming a "most important war" is nonsense, sorry. Without WWI, Germany would perhaps still be a monarchy... just that WWI was pretty much unavoidable. WWII however (or let us better say the things happening during WWII in Germany) brought up the first court for human rights, after WWII, the UNO became more important and it changed the political system or the "behaviour" of some countries radically, especially concerning Germany, the USA, China, the Soviet Union, Japan and so on. The changes after WWII were, like I said, radical, much more than after WWI.

But you cannot say that any war was "more important", as I already stated above. It's like trying to hold a specific country or person responsible for WWI.


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#39 9 years ago

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Then ask them what was the most important war of the 20th Century? Most would say WWII, I hate that overrated-ness....... (true answer WWI)

Thats not really important and seems more of an opinion. Granted WWI started WW2 but technologically speaking, WWII would have been the more "important".




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#40 9 years ago

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When I was in High School American History was a required course, World History was not. The American History teacher everyone tried to get into was taught by a Greek immigrant who came to the US, went to school and got his degree in the US and stayed and taught American History and US Politics in High School. The man had a passion for passing the subject matter on that bordered on religious zeal.

IMHO besides being required to pass a English, High School Math, writing , and reading tests students should be required to pass US and World History and be able to speak at least one foreign language. I took German and passed but it was 30 years since anyone required me to speak in German. Part of our class requirement was we went to go to a local German cafe and speak and order in German.

Not practical but all Americans should also be required to spend some time outside of the country. Canada can count as long as you go beyond just the US bordering areas where it looks and acts like Europe and many people speak French.

IMHO a prime example was a thread in the General discussion where someone posted a link of a teenage girl who fell into a open manhole because she was so busy texting she walked up and stepped right into it. Her mom said that safety cones should ahve been put up but would she have even seen those? Whats next is she going to walk in front of a moving bus? Probably.

Please keep in mind that TV shows that show stupid people sample hundreds if not thousands of people and they show the bottom 10 stupidest people. Most Americans watch this and point and laugh and say "What a idiot" but some people outside the US seem to think this is a actual representation of the average American.

Well I think going to other countries is a bit much, but learning the countries history, that's the problem with American's IMO, when we get into a new land we don't know much about that country other then its name, thus we are often appalled by things they do. Much like the case of Gorbachev, I was able to catch the end of a documentary on him, in the west he's a super star, but in his own home country the majority, nearly all of them, hate him, its even the case in the former Eastern Communist Bloc countries. For example, in the 1996 presidential elections in Russia, Gorbachev wasn't willing to step out of the political world and he became a lone candidate, I saw a video of a guy coming up to him telling him "You ruined the glorious Communist party" and kept rambling about how much he ruined Russia and its republics with the crowd behind supporting him. Of course the actuality is because he was trying to reform the USSR government to make the world more peaceful, not many people liked this, his cabinet turned against him and the Communist party even tried a military coup. After that the Head of State basically did stuff for himself and ruined Gorbachev, and did the things the people hate Gorbachev for.