Pop quiz hotshot, “What country famously broke away from England to start their own country in the late 1700’s?” Stumped? Okay, try this one, can you name one of the founding fathers of America? You can’t name EVEN one?!?! Surprisingly you are not alone in your complete lack of basic knowledge regarding the real meaning and significance of July 4th.
Author, media analyst and activist, Mark Dice, asked beachgoers in San Diego, California some rudimentary questions about America’s Independence Day on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, the responses were far more pathetic than patriotic.
One woman said that Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration of Independence. One teenie weensie little problem, Honest Abe wasn’t born until 33 years AFTER the Declaration of Independence was signed. She also believed that the Declaration of Independence happened in 1964 or 1984. Which would have been extremely difficult for Lincoln to sign since he was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Zombie Abraham Lincoln?
When a man is asked, “What country did we declare our independence from?” and he asks for his wife to help and she let’s the entire nation down by saying, “California.” The man replied “I don’t know,” but assured Dice that he would be celebrating the occasion anyway.
Another man was asked how many stars are on the American flag, to which he replied, “50-something?”
One woman didn’t object when she was told that Jesse “The Body” Ventura and John Wilkes Booth signed the Declaration of Independence.
Another ignoramus said that Independence Day was to recognize “the day that we overtook the South, our independence from the South.” So tricky, that whole Civil War and Revolutionary War seem so alike.
THANKFULLY one man knew that the United States declared their independence from England on July 4, 1776. And that man was a tourist visiting from Italy.
Mark did the social experiment in 2013 and 2011 with the same sad, sad results. In his 2011 poll he discovered that “only 58 percent of residents know that the United States declared its independence in 1776.” And approximate 25 percent of U.S. citizens have no idea who America declared its independence from.
However the youth of this country was even more oblivious with a disgusting 14 percent of teens belieiving that the U.S. declared independence from France, while another 5 percent thought it was Canada.
Enjoy your 4th of July weekend bros with all the beer and barbeque your little heart desires, but set a tiny bit of time aside to remember this country’s majestic history, it’s celebrated leaders and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make this great nation what it is today.