Okay, this is terrifying. Mark Dice took to the boardwalk in San Diego this week and found a whole bunch of Americans who had such a wide variety of things to say when it comes to the Fourth of July, what it’s all about, who did what, what we were declaring independence from, we should all be really scared. Seriously. Honestly.
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Even money that they know who all the Kardashians are.
Quick primer without looking up the answers:
- On July 4, 1776, representatives from the thirteen British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America declared their independence from the crown. They were and are: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia (which was really a penal colony).
- The document, the Declaration of Independence, was written by Thomas Jefferson, a Virigina plantation owner who later became the third president of the new country. This is the origin of the phrases “All men are created equal” and “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Out of context, of course.
- The delegates met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
- This happened over a year after the American Revolution began. George Washington was commanding the Continental Army that eventually prevailed.
- Some big names that signed the declaration other than the gentlemen listed above: John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Sam Adams, and John Adams. Surely these names ring a bell.
- Oh, yeah, there was this bell…it now has a big crack in it.
Thank you, dumbing down of America. Yes, these people are eligible to vote.