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August 13, 2012
The Race to Define Ryan
Obama and the mainstream media are salivating over the opportunity to define (i.e., smear) Paul Ryan to a national public that knows relatively little about him. Ilya Somin of The Volokh Conspiracy quotes John Sides and Lynn Vavreck:
Peggy Shapiro comments:
43% of Americans had never heard of Paul Ryan? I am shocked that 57% had. Can 57% of Americans name the 3 branches of government, the chief justice of the Supreme Court or their state senators? I doubt it. Considering what Americans don't know, Paul Ryan is wildly popular.
FindLaw.com 2010 Poll
· 2/3 of Americans cannot name any U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
· Only one percent of those polled could name all nine Justices
American Bar Association 2005 Civics Knowledge Poll
· 44% of Americans could not correctly identify the role of the judiciary
· only 55%, given a choice of options, correctly identified the three branches of government
· 22% said the branches were Republican, Democrat, and Independent
National Center for State Courts 2009 Poll
only 21% polled correctly named all three branches of government
Richard Baehr watched the 60 Minutes interview with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan broadcast last night.
The question ahead for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and for America, is: can we have a an intelligent discussion on the budget, or will media-generated images, thoughts, and emotions (pushing granny off a cliff being the most notorious) carry the day. Romney and Ryan are betting on the public thinking over the stakes, listening, and m aking an informed decision. The Obama camp and their media allies are betting on the ability to sway people with emotions, principally fear and loathing.
The fate of the republic depends on the answer. The words of H.L. Mencken haunt me: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." If he is correct, we are doomed. Let's prove the sage of Baltimore wrong.
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