Key For The Democracy Test
by Anthony G. Hendricks
WARNING TO STUDENTS: First off, the key to getting good grades
in school is to suppress and repress any satirical tendencies.
More than one teacher dropped me a letter grade or more due
to my irreverent mouth. Let me state though, it was fair.
I didn’t like them and they didn’t like me. Now that I’m older,
and should be wiser, I have more sympathy for teachers. In
every class they’re out numbered and they have a tough job.
In one of my many adventures in life I tried substitute teaching.
I didn’t last six months... I had to return to my satirical
roots. So remember, you may be a student today, but you may
end up being a teacher tomorrow. Ask yourself how you’d deal,
cope, survive a mouthy student like yourself or me. (The foregoing
will be a paid for commercial advertisement as soon as the
National Teachers Association sends me a check. Hopefully
all of my teachers have retired, they’ve earned a rest.)
NOW FOR THE ANSWERS
Question 1: a, b, c, d, & e are all groups that believe
evidently in limited interpretation of the Constitution, an
interpretation that seems to pretty much exclude everyone
else. The Correct Answer is f) The People. Pat yourself on
the back, you’re on a roll.
Question 2: This question only seems tricky due to
the tons of propaganda put out by those who hide the truth
by obfuscation. If you got question one right you’re ahead
of most Congress Persons and the Major media who ignored the
Constitution in Election 2000. The People’s Choice in election
2000 was Al Gore. He received a Nationwide majority by over
a half of million votes and won the Florida election easily
except for the corruption. The Rehnquist Five on the Supreme
Court refused to allow Florida Law to be followed and stopped
the honest counting of votes to hide the corruption. The Correct
Answer: a) Al Gore.
Question 3: Jim Crow was slang for laws enacted after
the Civil War to discriminate against African Americans and
extend slavery even after the Proclamation Emancipation. George
and Jeb the brothers Bush, resurrected a form of Jim Crow
in a sneaky manner in election 2000. 54 percent of all uncounted
votes in Florida came from only 11 percent of the Population:
the African American Community. That’s votes uncounted from
members of the African American community who were lucky enough
to cast a vote. Many didn’t even get to vote. They couldn’t
get past the police road blocks. Others had their right to
vote denied by corrupt manipulation of voter registration
lists. Answer d). (Another group discriminated against in
Florida vote counting was the Jewish community. See my essay,
‘West Palm Beach Votomatic Mind Meld’ to understand how they
pulled the butterfly ballot scam off.)
Question 4: Although there are elements of truth in
all of these answers, the best answer is e). Maybe we should
resurrect the spirit of 1776.
Question 5: The best answer is d).
Question 6: If you missed this one you’re probably
unskilled at taking Hints. Answer e).
Question 7: Josef Stalin set a high standard for Dictators
in brutalizing his own people and posing a threat to the rest
of the world. Stalin demonstrated what becomes of a country
when “Votes” aren’t honestly counted.
Question 8: Jeb Bush as Governor of Florida oversaw
the most corrupt election in American History. He successfully
applied Josef Stalin’s maxim about vote counting. Answer c).
Question 9: Our Foremothers and Forefathers revolted
against King George of England. Erie isn’t it! Maybe reincarnation
is more than a theory. Answer d).
Question 10: I might as well have said, opposite of
Democracy. Answer f).
Question 11: This question fits all of the answers
making , d) the best answer.
Question 12: It’s counter intuitive that a soldier
who failed to do his duty would be rewarded. Answer b) is
the best answer.
Question 13: A gimme, I wanted to help improve your
self esteem. In my book , Democracy Bushwhacked, Election
2000, Florida Theater of the Absurd, I included a copy of
the Declaration of Independence. Don’t believe me. Look it
up. Answer d).
Question 14: No one’s accused George of being Quizzical.
The only time Quadruped fits is when George chokes on a hard
pretzel, falls off a sleeper couch and hits his head on a
booby trap coffee table. When he get’s up after such an event
he finds himself on all fours along with the family dogs.
Luckily that doesn’t happen to him as often as it used too!
Question 15: They put it all on the line. One of the
unsung heroes of the War of Independence was financier Robert
Morris. He spent his own fortune, begged, and borrowed money
to keep Washington's Army in the field long enough to win
the war. Then as now the Tories had most of the money. Does
Enron come to mind? Answer a).
If you got 90 percent or more congratulate yourself and consider
a career in politics. No, not all politicians are corrupt.
Some are honest, but we could use more honest ones in our
government. There are honest journalists too, but few of them
get into the major big time media. They get weeded out. There
may even be honest CEOs in this country. Anything’s possible.
If there are any honest ones, I wish they’d stand up for Democracy
and honest business practices. I’m unsure about Presidents,
about there being any honest ones at least in recent history.
At the moment George W. Bush is making Bill Clinton look like
a piker when it comes to lying. If we evaluate our Presidents
on consistency of lying then George the Affable may end up
with a big chapter in History. Or will it be History as Fiction
again. We’ll see.
Anthony G. Hendricks is a country poet & satirist, author
of the book, Democracy Bushwhacked, Election 2000, Florida
Theater of the Absurd. Available at email@example.com