The Simpsons vs. Your Rights

March 2, 2006

george_washingtonIn yet another sad commentary on the American public, a recent study has found that we know more about the “Simpsons” than the freedoms granted us by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Americans apparently know more about “The Simpsons” than they do about the First Amendment.

Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.

For god’s sake, turn off your television and click this link to learn the First Amendment.


A bit of commentary from Salon’s Tim Grieve:
“But it’s not like Americans are ignorami or anything: While only 28 percent of those polled could name two or more rights protected by the First Amendment, 41 percent could name two out of three “American Idol” judges, and 52 percent could name two or more characters from “The Simpsons.”

Aside from the end-of-the-world aspect of it all, we’re not sure what it all means — except that maybe Democrats who hope to win back the White House ought to spend a little less time on the separation of powers and the unitary executive and a little more on power ballads and fart jokes.”

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One Response to “The Simpsons vs. Your Rights”

  1. peter Says:


    google like it?

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