Wednesday, March 01, 2006


In a contest between Americans' knowledge of "The Simpsons" and what they know about the First Amendment, Bart and Homer win hands down.

About 1 in 4 Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment... But more than half of Americans can name at least two members of the fictional cartoon family, according to a survey.

The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22% of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

Yeah, OK, but if the Constitution had a high energy, witty, referential animated TV show on every week for 17 years, Americans'd know a lot more about it. Case in point: if you grew up in the seventies, surely you remember:
We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquilitee-eee-eee,
Provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, annnnd,
Secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posteriteeeee,
Do ordain and establish this Con-sti-tu-tion!
for the --
U-ni-ted States of --
for the-uh
United States of America!
And they want to fight back with a MUSEUM?!?! As Homer once accurately observed,
good things don't end with "eum," they end with "mania" or "teria."

Ironically, George H.W. Bush (41) attacked the Simpsons, whereas George W. Bush (43) is attacking the Constitution.

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