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Civic Illiteracy Won the White House for Obama

everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 9:53 AM
Civic illiteracy is nothing new. See Sam Wineburg on this. The current rates aren't much different than rates around WWI or WW2 or the 1980s or now. The same kind of civic illiterates that elected Obama, elected Reagan, elected Ike, elected FDR, elected Coolidge . . .
It was only 7:15 last Tuesday evening when my daughter, who works in conservative journalism, texted me to say the election was lost. For a painful four hours, I watched the results confirm her early analysis. When it was clear the president would be re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had lost, I took an over-the-counter sleep aid and went to bed.

On Wednesday, I began a weeklong home improvement bender, drowning my sorrows in a five-gallon bucket of latex paint the color of vanilla creme. But there was no painting over my pessimism about the future.

I...