I read through Uncle's less than optimistic post on what is essentially the state of American civilization. It's sad really. Despite some objections to Mr. Uncle's pessimism, things are likely going to get worse:
Fewer than half of American teenagers who were asked basic questions about history and literature during a recent telephone survey knew when the Civil War was fought, and one-quarter thought that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World sometime after 1750, not in 1492.Don't think so? Read on.
The results of the survey, released Tuesday, demonstrate that a significant proportion of American teenagers live in “stunning ignorance” of history and literature, according to the group that commissioned it.
In this character of the Americans a love of freedom is the predominating feature which marks and distinguishes the whole; and as an ardent is always a jealous affection, [Americans] become suspicious, restive, and untractable whenever they see the least attempt to wrest from them by force, or shuffle from them by chicane, what they think the only advantage worth living for. This fierce spirit of liberty is stronger in [America], probably, than in any other people of the earth...I wish that applied to America today; perhaps it does to some Americans, but not enough for that statement to be accurate today. That was Edmund Burke in his speech, 'Conciliation with the Colonies' in March of 1775. Sure, that was a long time ago under different circumstances. But I gave you a glimpse of the past, a glimpse of the future, and if you don't believe Uncle, have a look for yourself at America today.
They augur misgovernment at a distance, and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.
We're not winning, and we will keep on not winning.