Watters’ World finds out what people know about the founding fathers

Here’s something light to start the day off with. Jesse Watters went to the beach on July 4th to quiz people on the founding fathers:

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  • James1754

    Well I said this was going to be ugly and I was right. It was entertaining, but the ignorant and uneducated are still with us.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    That’s the reason we should have to take a history test prior to being allowed to vote in my opinion. A lot of citizens have no clue about the founding of our nation, how it works (or more accurately how it’s suppose to work), the various branches of government, or anything having to do with the political process; yet they pull a lever to help determine who serves in various positions within government at local, state and national levels. More importantly maybe that short clip is an indictment of the current educational system.

    • Dukehoopsfan

      With you 100% brother. How about a little competency requirement for teachers as well? That way the dumbass in the green t-shirt (uh, I’m off, I’m a teacher) could get back to picking up trash along the road.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        LOL…..I thought certain states had teacher competency requirements? There probably were such requirements, but I imagine sooooo many teachers were unable to pass the exam, that it was eliminated. Can’t have teachers’ unions without any members!!!!

    • keyesforpres

      I agree, but I think the test should be when you go register to vote so if you fail, you can go home and study and try again before the election.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        Oh, I like that alot….but it will never happen (unfortunately).

    • Don

      I agree Army_Pilot1967, but if there is a test for competency, the democratic party would cease to exist. When your Congressional delegations are run by Reid, Pelosi and Hoyer, having an IQ above your shoe size is an exception rather than the rule.

    • warpmine

      I’ll do one better for you. Citizen test for all before eighteen or you’re out as far as voting is concerned. If you can’t pass it with at least 85% then you can have the same rights as other legal residents. I’m a little tired of these ignoramuses effing up the country by placing a vote for a guy or gal that looks or dresses good. The founding fathers did not mean for this kind of idiots to be voting which is why they only permitted those that owned property as they would have a stake in it.

  • /facepalm. To think, as to paraphrase Bernie Goldberg on O’Reilly: ” Charles Krauthammer gets 1 vote and dumbo the idiot in the video gets one vote. These people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. They are too dumb to vote.” I couldn’t agree more.

    • warpmine

      This is another reason they didn’t allow women to vote. They wanted the heads of families to vote so as your spouse couldn’t offset your vote. The founders had their reasons and after looking extensively at how DemonRats get elected, I’ve found their reasons legit.

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  • Arrrggghhh

    The only silver lining is that I’m guessing that these are not likely voters. I’m sure they approve of Obama’s job performance. Founding Fathers, personal responsibility, liberty? Huh? “Hope” and “Change”? Ooh, we like that.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Maybe we should institute a “voter competency” test?


      • I agree, but look at the whining over a simple voter-id card. Imagine the “manufactured outrage” if we asked people to pass a test to prove they are not totally clueless on what and why they are voting for.

        • Sober_Thinking

          Lol! True. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Arrrggghhh

        I’m sure the left would fight that one tooth and nail. Very telling, No?

        • Sober_Thinking

          Truly. They’d lose at least half their voter base.

        • warpmine

          Fine! civil war->victory=amend the constitution. It’s that easy.

      • keyesforpres

        I do believe you should have to pass a basic test to be able to register to vote. You fail, no problem, you are given the questions and answers and go home and study and try again.

        For example, questions like, “how many branches are in the gov’t”, and “which branch holds the purse strings”, and “what was the purpose of the Constitution”(to put restraints on the federal gov’t).

        Have 10 to 20 questions. Also, you can’t vote while you are receiving welfare.

        • CD File

          I’d settle for “Can you name your representative?”,I’m sure tests would somehow violate civil rights though.

          • keyesforpres

            LOL, now you know they’d fail that one!

            As far as civil rights, that’s why I say give the test when they go register to vote so if they fail, they can study and try again.

          • The typical answer would be: “Uhhh, Obama?”


    And these people vote!
    Oh RS…..thanks for making me start my day po’d. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • maynardb50

      Good news I think is they will not show up in November. The shine has worn off Obama. And the conservatives will be out in full force.

  • This is just too painful to watch…… i think i know the reason why we have Obumer in the White House….. our country got what it deserved…….. “weeps pitifully”

  • Sober_Thinking

    People know all about pop culture which has NOTHING to do with their future or their freedom but they are completely clueless about the Constitution or the Government which has EVERYTHING to do with their future and their freedom. Oh look, a party…

    As long as the dumbmasses remain blissfully ignorant, they are ripe to be herded into slavery. This is the most simple and basic tool that Satan and Obama are successfully employing right now. Then Obama compounds that with wealth envy and entitlements and the hook is set. Eventually, like a sedative, they give in to their shiny new cage and accept things as “that’s just the way it is” – “the evil, selfish rich did this to me”.

    Until these ignorant sheeple wake the hell up… this insanity will continue and worsen. Idiots.

  • Rshill7

    Now that is ridiculous. We pay $9,000.00 per year per kid, for 12 years in a row, and this is what we get? That’s over $100,000.00. For this? What the freaking frack are they teaching them?

    Ok, it’s tough to be positive after that. We’re doomed.

    Just kidding. The home-schooled kids can run things, while the public school kids, uh, uh, nevermind.

    • Take heart. There is always a need for burger flippers. /groan. The home schooled kids will own the business of course. Those would be the “evil rich” that NObama wants to tax to death for daring to be a success in a Socialist economy.

    • Amy

      My public schooled children are quite brilliant actually ๐Ÿ˜‰ BUT – that’s because we as parents didn’t drop the ball. We’ve also been blessed with inquisitive children and decent teachers.

      My son’s girlfriend originally would have sounded much like the twits in the video. It was really very sad to realize that she didn’t know even the basics of American history when they first started dating. Her home life is completely disgusting – and from my experience both as a parent observing my kid’s friends and working in the schools – it is sadly the norm. I think this is one of the biggest issues facing our schools. Parents just don’t want the responsibility of raising and educating their own child. Unfortunately, very few kids are self motivated & ambitious. No amount of money thrown at the issue will solve this either.

      I’m happy to report that my son’s girlfriend is a very sweet girl though – and always eager to learn so we’ve been educating her and pushing her to excel in school. She will be the first in her family to graduate high school (Yeah!!!) – and is eagerly planning her college/tradeschool future. We’ve expanded her world from Sponge Bob Square Pants & MTV to American History and beyond!! LOL This will be how we change the world – one child at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I don’t know any homeschool kids who run anything. They’re as awkward and socially inept as the public school kids are stupid. For a proper education you go to prep school or a Catholic school.

      • More Founding Fathers fail. A lot of those guys were homeschooled up until they went off to whatever finishing education they chose (reading law with an attorney, apprenticing in a trade, or going to a religious, men’s school, like Harvard).

        Homeschoolers often end up in “prep” schools, just not until they are near college age. That’s how homeschooling works. A lot of famous leaders, including many Presidents and some famous generals were home schooled at some point in their lives.

        • Well sure there are homeschoolers who succeed, as well as some who are publicly educated. But the social experiences one encounters through schools are important to a child. It depends on where you are from as well. From my experience, the few friends I had as a child who were homeschool struggled to transition in the future.

          • We here in Florida have a great homeschooling program that aloud students to attend and compete in their home school districts, in sports, and other outside activities. This gives the child as you have posted the social experiences they will need as they move on to a college and the life after.

          • That happens with them about as much as it happens to the average public school student. But most homeschooled kids are far ahead of their peers in public school. Also, a LOT of them go on to become business leaders, artists, and political leaders. They struggle far less than the average kid when it comes to achievement.

      • Rshill7

        So, you know a lot of home schooled kids? Enough to make a broad sweeping statement like that? Doubtful.

        Additionally, if the socialization you are speaking of involves drugs, sex, booze, and all manner of immorality, the lack of that kind of socialization is a good thing. Also homeschoolers get together with each other a lot these days as their numbers swell. They also socialize in church and many other places.

        No one would ever accuse my kids of being socially awkward. Yeah, we homeschooled all of them, then turned them loose on HS, where they kicked most everyone else’s socialized butts. All were very popular, made and kept many, many friends, have never been shy the least little bit, and are now all in rising business endeavors. They are all very confident as well.

        So there! ๐Ÿ™‚

        P.S. Public Schools used to do a great job, pre-union and pre DOE. Not any more.

        • Sorry, my comment was a bit exaggerated and rude.

          • Rshill7

            No problem new friend. It’s a common mistake. (that socialization thing.)

            Our kids could spell deoxyribonucleic acid before they were all 7 or 8. I really enjoyed teaching them to read and spell. When they were quite young we used to buy them all the Classics, which were abbreviated, and simplified but kept the stories intact. They sure learned the tales though, along with their accompanying history.

            Oooh, spell check doesn’t like that deoxyribonucleic acid. Guess what? Spell check is wrong, and Dad is right ๐Ÿ™‚


    • warpmine

      ….breed and that’s about it.

  • 12grace

    obama voters! Scary.

  • GreenBeretWay

    This is pathetic.

    Why do you have the day off? My boss told me he was gonna be closed.
    What are we celebrating? Pyromania.
    Who did we declare Independence from? Our parents
    Who were the founding fathers? Father time? The Godfather?
    Life,Liberty and the pursuit of ____________? A tan
    Give me Liberty or give me___________? Free money
    Best part of this country? Obama,Obama,Obama

  • NYGino

    Probably if you dig a little further you’ll find that most of their teachers don’t have a clue either, but they are protected by their union.

  • Nukeman60

    I really enjoyed the guy in the green shirt. “Do you know why you’re off on July 4th?” – “Uhh, I’m a teacher, so we have, uhh, it off.”

    Whew. Yeah.

    Uhh, man, like there were no kids in the room, so, uhh, like I ,uhh… left?

    This is what’s teaching our youth. (/shudders)

  • Landscaper59

    I saw this. Was surprised we won our independence in 1964 from the french. geeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz

  • FutureOnePercent

    Behold the face of the American Voter.

    Know it.

    Fear it.

  • Oh come on, people. I’m sure they know a lot about tanning, and hooking up, and texting, and facebook. So they aren’t totally like, y’know, stupid and stuff.

  • graywolf4life

    And you wonder why they vote for Obama……ignorance is bliss and has caused use to be in the shape we are in today. An uneducated and ignorant population that think the government is there personal free bank can bring us all down.

  • paulejb

    My God! Anyone of these people could cancel out my vote.

  • Bunjy

    The Earth is doomed.

  • This is a prime example of the deliberate dumbing down of Americas youth by the liberal progressives, that have run-ed the whole educational system for the last 50 yrs.
    And they wonder why we conservatives balk at the teachers unions, and their political arm the democratic party, when they say “its for the children!”.

  • Lee

    He only interviews whites. What about blacks? hispanics? asians? Is he trying to prove that only white kids are ignorant?

  • These kind of spots on TV always depress me. Jay Leno does the same thing in California every now and then. It’s just so sad that these people seem to enjoy wallowing in their own ignorance. It also shows you that with all the trillions of dollars we dump into the public school system in this country, you still get over 50% of the country who doesn’t even have a clue as to who John Adams is. Pathetic, really.

  • WordsFailMe

    Loved it, but can you edit out O’Rielly’s face? Or just his voice? lol

  • Pyrran

    The phrase “dumb as a bag of hammers” comes to mind.
    Maybe “Dumb as a bikini full of hammers”