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The Democracy Test
February 12, 2002
by Anthony G. Hendricks

Those currently occupying the oval office are big on educational testing. As a loyal citizen desiring to help our education system, I’ve spent hours of research to develop a test to determine if the basics of Democracy have been comprehended. Some of these questions I first suggested in my book, Democracy Bushwhacked, Election 2000, Florida Theater of the Absurd. I’ve expanded those test questions to develop a comprehensive test. This test should be applied to Students, Citizens, Congress Persons and even George himself. For those of you who suffer test anxiety, I’ll give you a hint so that you may prepare. The Test Is Based on The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of The United States.

We at the Institute for Democracy Testing would appreciate any comments or concerns that arise while taking this test be directed directly to Congress. Who knows, they may even read the Constitution in the process of responding to your questions or concerns.

Remember, pick the best answer and no cheating, unless you’re planning on becoming a Politician, CEO, News Editor, T.V. Anchor, or President. (The answers to the test are here.)

1) Under the Constitution of the United States the Right to Choose the President is reserved to?

a) Corporate Leaders & CEO’s making at least 20 million per year.
b) The Religious Right as led by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.
c) The National Rifle Association.
d) Rush Limbaugh and the Ditto Heads (No this is not a Rock and Roll Band.)
e) The Supreme Court (Specifically The Rehnquist Five) f) The People

2) By authority of the Constitution who should be President of the United States?

a) Al Gore
b) Dick, Heart, What-Heart-Problem Cheney
c) George W. Bush, the junior
d) The Rehnquist Five
e) None of The Above
f) All of The Above

3) What is Jim Crow famous for?

a) Break Dancing
b) Jazz
c) Singing Spirituals in the movie, Gone With The Wind.
d) Laws Made to Discriminate Against African Americans.

4) Why Did Our Forefathers and Foremothers, all descendants of Adam and Eve, Revolt in 1776?

a) They resented having to wear powdered wigs on formal occasions?
b) They thought the laborer should keep a fair share of their labor.
c) Body tattooing and body piercing were illegal under priggish British Laws.
d) They were sick and tired of Kings, Queens, and the Aristocracy of CEO’s taking most of the money and resources.
e) They wanted to try something called Democracy, a form of government based on self determination.

5) Why was the Civil War Fought?

a) Some people just enjoy killing each other.
b) A dispute over States’ Rights to enslave other human beings.
c) The Incompatibility of Democracy and Slavery.
d) All of the Above.

6) What is the Essential Difference between a Democracy and a Totalitarian State?

a) Individual Rights Are Jealously Guarded.
b) The Rule of Law Prevails instead of the Rule of Raw Power.
c) A citizen votes and the vote counts.
d) Free Speech -- The right to mount a soap box and Preach all of the above is respected and tolerated.
e) All of the Above. All of the Above. Absolutely All of the Above. (Just a Hint.)

7) Who was Josef Stalin?

a) One of the Three Stooges.
b) One of the Marx Brothers.
c) An Anarchist.
d) Famous Dictator who said, “It’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.”

8) What is the Jeb Bush Rule?

a) That a wife can only be beaten with a stick no larger around than a man’s thumb.
b) A measuring device where ten inches is labeled as a foot.
c) That the majority of votes cast in Florida in election 2000 only counted if cast for his Brother George.

9) What was the name of the revolting Tyrant the People revolted against in 1776?

a) Hank
b) Jimmy
c) Eloise
d) George

10) What is Tyranny?

a) Reliance on Power and Force instead of Law.
b) Denial and curtailment of Individual Rights.
c) Use of Propaganda To Justify the Theft of Rights
d) The End Justifies The Means
e) Willful Disregard of the Constitution
f) All of The Above

11) In important policy decisions, like Energy for instance, is the government authorized to conduct Secret meetings and then deny the public the right to know who participated in the meetings? Does this behavior describe:

a) A Third World Dictatorship
b) A Communist Dictatorship
c) A country where vested interests expect government subsidies as pay back for contributing to a political campaign.
d) All of the Above.

12) If a soldier on duty to guard citizens fell asleep at his post and as a result something like 3,000 plus were killed, how should he be punished?

a) Made to give speeches about evildoers in other countries and applauded where ever he goes.
b) Stripped of his duties and court marshaled and sent to bed without his milk and cookies.
c) Given high approval ratings for screwing up and then covering his ass by declaring war on some war torn third world country where terrorists trained and sponsored by our government reside.
d) Be Appointed as Supreme Commander of the Country for Life.

13) In 1776 our ancestors complained in the Declaration of Independence about the injustice of justices making judgments favoring King George of England instead of fairly interpreting the law. Do you see any direct parallel in the Supreme Court Decision of December 8, 2000, stopping the hand count of votes as mandated by Florida Law and this complaint of 1776?

a) Yes!
b) Yes!!
c) Yes! Yes!
d) All of the above.

14) If you saw George W. Bush dressed in a superman outfit, with a huge ‘Q’ on his chest, what would you think the ‘Q’ stands for?

a) Quizzical
b) Quadruped
c) Quisling
d) Quid Pro Quo Man
e) Both c & d

15) On July 4, 1776, the following was included in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness --” Fifty-six signed this Declaration putting their lives on the line for Democracy. True or False. Did they mean what they said?

a) True
b) False

Times up, put your pencils down, be sure that your name’s on the test so that your score may be properly tabulated. Your test results will be handed down to your children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren just as the legacy bequeathed us by our forefathers and foremothers has been handed down. Which will it be? Democracy or Tyranny?

For those wanting to know how well you did on the test, the answers to the Democracy Test are here.

 
Anthony G. Hendricks is a country poet & satirist, author of the book, Democracy Bushwhacked, Election 2000, Florida Theater of the Absurd. Available at orders@xlibris.com or 1-888-795-4274.

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