Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday.
About one-third can name the three branches of government. Fewer than one-fifth of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.
“Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name,” she said.
<!-- /story_feature_box.comp -->O'Connor touted civics education during her keynote address at the "Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century" conference, put on by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. She also described being a female lawyer in the 1950s, and challenged her listeners to help the next generation of leaders reach their goals.
O’CONNOR ON CIVICS
“The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance,” O’Connor said.
And why is she annoyed, given that it was her and her ruling class nostrums that have created this vast ocean of ignorant sheep?
Justice O’Connor never met a liberty she wasn’t more than willing to tinker with or infringe in the name of the collective good. She and her ilk have done as much to destroy the America that was as anybody I can think of.
Stupid should hurt. The problem is that the stupid are hurting the few remaining Americans who aren’t stupid. And she bears a huge amount of responsibility for that.