The On The Bottom Line Essay

702 Words Mar 25th, 2016 3 Pages
The bottom line.
Having been raised in a fairly standard household, politics, government and the constitution were scarcely discussed. Most of those around me complained about the government and how evil it was. Not being very well educated on the matter, my two sense was kept to myself. Walking into Phoenix College, and attending my first class on the American legal system was exhilarating. My neurons were awakened. For the first time in my life I had a torrent of excitement about the government and how it worked. The Constitution was the main culprit of this wondrous feeling.
The struggle
The constitution itself is an unusual document to those of us with an untrained mind. Beginning to understand the main points, I began to wonder if I was one of the only Americans who didn’t fully understand how the government runs. In Philadelphia, Americans show great uncertainty when it comes to answering basic questions about how their government works, a national survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has found. The survey of 1,416 adults, released for Constitution Day in conjunction with the launch of the Civics Renewal Network, found that: While little more than a third of respondents could name all three branches of the U.S. government, just as many could not name a single one. Just over a quarter of Americans know that it takes a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto. One in five Americans…

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