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Better Citizenship

Recorded on March 21, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

The first ten amendments to our Constitution are known as The Bill of Rights. Woodrow Wilson was President during World War I. In World War II, we fought Germany and Japan. Susan B. Anthony fought for women's rights.

Those are examples from the quiz given to those wanting to become American citizens. Yet too many of us natural- born citizens don't know the answers. 61% don't know that Senators serve six-year terms; 70% don't know that the Constitution is the supreme law of our land. 73% don't know that in the Cold War, our objective was defeating Communism.

A hallmark of America is our ability to govern ourselves—and that creates a personal responsibility to educate ourselves on America's first principles. Providing resources to help you do that is a prime objective of The Heritage Foundation.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.