How stupid are a lot of people in Oregon? Stupid enough that they'll call a state legislative representative to opine about federal issues. And it's not just here (though likely more prevalent, since so many kids are moving in to retire).
A recent caller to his office wanted him to vote to confirm Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general.
There was just one major problem with the caller’s request: Gene Whisnant is a state representative in Oregon. The Republican from Sunriver has no more authority to vote for a president’s nominee than a Canadian Mountie has to give a driver in Oregon a speeding ticket.
Having a solid education in civics is recognized by most to be a laudable goal, and there is agreement there is a problem. During the public hearing, Trish Garner, with the American Association of University Women, pointed to a 2016 University of Pennsylvania survey that found only a quarter of Americans could name all three branches of government.
Our public vegetation systems are doing a great job. They may know how to put a condom on a cucumber after graduation, but not a lot else.
This country is so toasted.