Saturday, May 1, 2010
Demographics Of The Sarah Palin / Teabagger Supporters
I'm all for the very ideal of America that anyone can become president but can we agree that passing a basic civics and geography test would at least ensure that they have some level of minimum qualifications?
This is not an extreme thought as I give the examples that many professions have basic qualification exams such as Lawyers have to pass their Bars, Doctors have to pass their Boards, Engineers have to pass their PE exams, and Accountants have to pass their test before becoming a Certified Public Account. How about having any and all candidates for office at least pass the same test we require of immigrants before they become citizens?
Even Fox News admitted that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent but instead thought it was a country, did not know the countries involved in NAFTA, or that North Korea and South Korea were two separate countries or how that fact even came about, and she could not name the countries involved in WWII who were Allied or Axis nations. This was just a few examples of the many short comings that Sarah Palin has lacking in her education. Can we assume that apparently Alaska allows people to get high school diplomas without knowing that Africa is a continent, not a country? This person was the Governor and is now the main speaker at Tea Party gatherings!!!
This brings us to a recent Roper poll that was done for National Geographic and they found that those who identified themselves as Teabaggers today:
1. One-third of respondents could not identify Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
2. Less than three out of every 10 thinks it is not important to know the locations of countries in the news.
3. Just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
4. Six out of every 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
5. While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story for several years now, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
6. While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
7. Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
8. Six out of every 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.
This Tea Party group that stands on this nation’s Capital steps, shouting racial slurs and spit on Congressman as they arrived to address this nation’s business, throwing bricks with hate messages and death threats through the windows their local Democratic Offices, thinking they are the “All That Ends All,” for the direction this country needs to be taking. These are the people that want to run my life?!?!