(Closed) NWR: Sad article on YahooNews

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I am not surprised.. a lot of people use the “i don’t watch the news” as an excuse. I don’t think one should be glued to the tube, but at least have some understanding of the world around you! I couldn’t name all of the justices either, for what it’s worth.. Breyer didn’t come up in my memory, either! I’m part of that 97%, haha.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I can’t name one! I don’t follow politics or watch the news often….

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

<~Guilty

I’m in my own little bubble of military stuff and what pertains to my job, news-wise.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m guilty too like ejs!  I really am so out of the loop with politics.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sad indeed, but not surprising. Almost every semester after discussing immigration/citizenship (in a historical context and today’s immigration debate) my FH gives his intro students a copy of the US citizenship/naturalization test – the vast majority fail it, and fail it *hard*.

It’s especially annoying to know that someone who can’t name a SC Justice (or even what the SC does!), name the states or any of their Senators/Congresspeople, can’t discuss the Constitution or Bill of Rights (let alone any of the Amendments) can cancel out my vote, but such is democracy! 😉

Edit: I don’t think it essential to know every Justice’s name, but it’s more about being involved/informed in how our country works – and involved/informed at least somewhat on your own local/regional or national politics.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d think this was really sad, but I just read an article today about people whose parents died when they were young which was an absolute tearjerker.  :(((

The level of willful ignorance, though, is pretty disturbing.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I can’t either, but while iiving in the States I did keep pretty aware of what they were doing.

But I’m terrible with names. That guy in the last movie I saw? I have no idea what his name is. Last time one of my friends asked if what I thought of a famous singer I asked if it was someone we worked with.

So I don’t feel bad at all about not knowing the names of supreme court justices or politicians or anyone else.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@monitaja: no, this is sad, too. I’m just all weird and weepy over that one.  Seriously, I’d link it but 1) wsj.com so may be pay and 2) way depressing.  this is more galling sad.  I know that you can be generally aware of what’s going on without knowing details, but it seems like so many people treat politics and world affairs like sports games, with a rooting interest but little critical, open-minded thought.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Yes, thank you @Entangled!  Yeah let’s root for the Republicans or the Democrats b/c it’s the popular thing to do rather than let’s carefully, critically consider with our CONSCIENCE what the best thing is to do.  Yes, it’s very sad.  However, I can’t say that I know alot of politics–I hope I know more than the general public which isn’t much.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Sad sad sad.  I get disappointed when people don’t know all 9 justices, but maybe I hold a higher civic standard than is reasonable.  Of course I’m also the type of person that would go to the senate gallery and watch laws being made!  I think everyone should be as informed and as involved as is possible.  You can’t complain about your government if you don’t participate!

Edited to add: I don’t have a TV so I don’t think watching news is a prerequisite for knowing what is going on 🙂  I get my news much faster online and read what I’m interested in.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

i choose to stay out of politics although it is sad, it really creates too much conflict in a conversation. the only time i really pay attention or actively participate is during the presidential elections…and i have only been able to vote twice…

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I can usually only name seven or eight. But I have the same problem naming all seven dwarfs. There’s just one that I can’t quite think of. We were naming that at work the other day and three of us did all nine in about 30 seconds, so it’s not like we’re uninformed. Just forgetful.

I also have trouble with naming all the state capitals. I get screwed up on the Dakotas and the Carolinas.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

yikes. Some things I can kind of see not knowing… I’m not sure it is necessary to know the names of all nine justices. But not knowing what they do? Not knowing what the bill of rights is, what is in the bill of rights, or when the revolution happened? That’s kind of scary. 

I feel like I have a skewed view of what people know because no one can get through undergrad (poli sci minor) and law school without fully understanding government and memorizing not only the justices but also previous justices and what each justices’ points of views are. So most of my group of friends knows this stuff. I just find it really hard to believe that any adult could not know when the revolution was. 

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