The knowledge of the opinionated: Less than they think

The knowledge of the opinionated: Less than they think

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Do you know the basics. The America 101 that allows you to make an informed comment. Do you?

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INDIANAPOLIS, February 28, 2015 – Every day here on CommDigiNews there are comments from readers who think they have all the information and insight necessary when what they are actually doing is spouting the talking points of some political party.

Political parties whose leadership’s only role seems to be spinning the facts to deceive voters who are often marginally informed and who old onto partisan narrow-mindedness and ignorance of both domestic and international issues.

But that is not you. Right?

Here are some easy, basic questions about the US political players and US allies and trade partners. See how many of them you know. If you don’t know the answer, look it up and learn.  Tell us in comments how you do.


1) Name the top three trade partners of the U.S., and their leaders.

2) Name five of the top ten trade partners of the U.S., and note whether the trade is primarily U.S. exports, or imports to the U.S.

3) Name five reliable military allies of the U.S.

4) Name the heads of state of the following countries:

Red China:
Nationalist China:
United Kingdom:

OK, maybe that’s too much esoteric stuff. Let’s just talk about the U.S. scene.

1) Name the cabinet-level Departments of the United States government, and their Directors.

2) Name your own two U.S. Senators

3) Name your U.S. Representative

4) Who is the Senate Majority Leader? Minority Leader? From what states?

5) Who is the Speaker of the House? Minority Leader? Parties? States?

6) House Majority Whip? Minority Whip? Their home states?

…and since “all politics is local,”

1) Name your Governor, state senator, and state representative (assuming you don’t live in a unicameral state)

2) Does your state have a Republican or Democratic governor? House? Senate? By what margins are the chambers one party or the other?

3) In what year does your next U.S. Senator come up for re-election?

The above is a pretty basic list. How much of it can you answer?

By the way, when I taught, my high school students were required to know all this stuff. High school students.

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