I was watching the news the other day and I saw that a poll was taken that concluded 1 out of 4 people in America who were surveyed did not know we gained our independence from Great Britain.
That was the survey. Of course, you can go into a tirade that the wording of the survey is misleading or that the people who were polled might have had political differences with the survey. Some have even argued that the purchases of Louisiana, Texas and Alaska for example may have confused those being surveyed so that they were unsure of any absolute answer.
Well, like lawyers in a courtroom, internet discussions can often go a number of ways and actually miss all of the critical issues in a case that is quite simple in its origin. What was the original pole?
From which country did the United States win its independence?
So, can the question be understood from that? I believe so.
I think that anyone educated in the United States should not only be able to understand the motivation and the intent of the question, but also to answer it.
Is Great Britain the right answer? I believe so again.
But first, let’s talk about Great Britain. It’s an island that includes England, Scotland and Wales. It was known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Ireland obviously is not on the island, but it is right next door and it finally gained its independence in 1922.
Scotland had it’s independence since 1328. Wales remains connected to that original United Kingdom.
So, England probably should have been the more correct answer. But, I think the answer is understood.
So, not to perpetuate any more ignorance, but can it be understood that if someone says Great Britain, that they know what they are talking about? I do believe so.
I think that anyone who says we gained our independence from Great Britain is actually giving you an answer that can be understood as correct without going into all the history and the politics about it.
Having said all that…all that just to be able to say this…I said all that so that I could say…
…it is a sad day when 25% of the Americans surveyed had no idea from where we gained our independence. And that is really the sad, important issue.