We hear a lot of depressing stories about the state of education in today's United States. But a high school sophomore from New Jersey named Amy Myers is about to prove the Garden State prepares its students pretty well. Myers is betting she's not only smarter than a fifth grader, but better able to field questions on U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution than Michele Bachmann, potential Republican candidate for the presidency.
Myers threw down the gauntlet in a letter challenging the Minnesota Congresswoman to a "Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History, and United States Civics." Said Myers:
Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow [sic] challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education.
Even with that little typo in there, it's not hard to fathom the student at Cherry Hill High School East wiping the floor with the Tea Party darling. Let's take a look back at what Bachmann will have to "unlearn" if she hopes to take on the high schooler with any chance of winning. Here are some of the Congresswoman's most famous gaffes ... and Myers' chances.
1. As Americans were being asked to fill out the various questions on the 2010 Census, Bachmann said she'd only address the number of people in her household because "the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that." The truth: The Constitution itself doesn't actually contain any such requirement. Congress itself writes the laws regarding the Census and what questions will be included. Technically, Americans are required to answer ALL of the questions, although that law is rarely enforced. (Is it still mandatory in schools to cover the Constitution? I would think so -- go Amy!)
2. Campaigning in Iowa, Bachmann recast the men who drafted the U.S. Constitution as folks who "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." The truth: Many of our forefathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who wrote all men are created equal) OWNED slaves, and many of these men were dead by the time the Emancipation Proclamation was actually penned in 1863. (It's America, I'd imagine Myers took a U.S. history course.)
3. Speaking in New Hampshire, the Congresswoman claimed the battles at Lexington and Concord happened right there, in that state. The truth: Right section of the country, wrong state. They were in Massachusetts. (Good thing kids like Myers learn this one in elementary school.)
4. Addressing President Obama's State of the Union earlier this year, Bachmann claimed we saw an unemployment "spike" as a result of the president's policies, specifically the stimulus package. The truth: Job losses were climbing under the Bush-era policies, with 8 million people losing their employment. By comparison, the post-stimulus number was 41,000. (Pretty sure Amy's taken at least one math class -- she should be able to handle that one.)
I'd say a high school kid could handle this, how about you? Help Amy get Michele out there -- there's already a Facebook page gathering fans to put the pressure on!
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