Can you identify which answers to this quiz on the U. S. Constitution facts are CORRECT and INCORRECT?
1. WHAT WAS OUR COUNTRY’S FIRST CONSTITUTION CALLED?
The Declaration Of Independence
2. LAWS FOR THE UNITED STATES ARE MADE BY:
3. THE LONGEST POSSIBLE TIME A PERSON CAN NOW SERVE AS PRESIDENT IS:
4. A MAN ACCUSED OF A CRIME IN COURT HAS A RIGHT TO:
Hear The Witnesses Against Him
5. INVOKING THE FIFTH AMENDMENT MEANS AN ACCUSED MAN:
Refuses To Testify Against Himself
6. OUR FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT WAS:
7. THE BILL OF RIGHTS IS:
The 15th Amendment
8. IF NEITHER THE PRESIDENT NOR THE VICE-PRESIDENT CAN SERVE, THE POSITION WOULD BE FILLED BY:
The Speaker of the House
9. THE MAJOR DEPARTMENT HEAD WHO IS APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT TO DEAL WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES IS THE:
The Secretary of Defense
10. THE PRESIDENT IS ELECTED IF HE:
Wins a majority of the electoral votes
Now, go here to take this Constitutional quiz for yourself and see where you went wrong. I feel there is one question that most will get incorrect.
I just took the test of 40 questions on AOL and incorrectly answered 2 questions. I correctly guessed about 3 or 4. After watching Jay Leno and hearing Sean Hannity posed similar and much easier questions to people born and educated in this country, I do think there is a large portion of the citizenry who could not correctly answer a third of the questions.
I admit it embarrasses me that I got 2 wrong which dealt with national holidays (I was going by what days I got off from my child care work days) and U. S. constitutional history. I am even embarrassed by the ones I guessed correctly on, because I should know the information. Take the test and see how well you do. Please note that there is one out of date question. Last November’s elections makes the correct answer wrong.
With the Republicans taking over the House portion of Congress, they have put new rules into place. One of them is having the Constitution read in full on Jan 6, after the 112th Congress convenes. Okay, you may feel that this is just ceremonial and has no real deep significance. But those behind this new rule say the goal is “to underscore the limited-government rules the Founders imposed on Congress – and to try to bring some of those principles back into everyday legislating.” It is not just to remind the Democrats, but also the Republicans who in the past have lost their way when it came to limited government. I think it is a good idea. Read more from here.
Let’s face it, many of us do not know what is really in the Constitution. For example, we blame presidents for spending when if we truly knew the Constitution, we would know that the blame is misplaced. The President cannot spend without the authorization from Congress. Remember a Democratic Congress authorized the spending in the last 2 years of Pres. Bush. That is in article 1, Section 8, which also stipulates that Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes, not the President.
I finally received my pocket-sized Constitution and Declaration of Independence from the Heritage Foundation. It is free. Go here to get one of your own so that you can have it on hand for discussions and arguments on the Constitution and constitutional related subjects or just for your own knowledge.
Well, this post is supposed to be just an announcement, but I ended up blogging anyway. So the announcement is from this point on I am taking a few days of this Christmas week off from blogging. See you in the New Year.
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