Watch: Millennials Try To Explain The First Amendment

Authored by Cabot Phillips via Campus Reform,

This month, a new study was released analyzing Americans’ perception of the First Amendment, as well as their knowledge of what it entails. As many would expect, the results were bleak. 

For example, 40 percent of those surveyed were unable to list any of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, while another 36 percent could list just one.

Wanting to know if millennials at an Ivy League School would fare better, I headed to Columbia University to talk with young people about their knowledge of the First Amendment. 

Offering $20 to any person who could tell me the five freedoms guaranteed under the amendment (Speech, Religion, Assembly, Press, and Petition), it quickly became clear no one would be going home with the money. 

“No, I have no idea,” said one student when asked if he could name any of the five, while another asked if “the right to bear arms” was found under the First Amendment.

One student, after failing to name more than one freedom listed, conceded, “now I feel like I need to go home and just read.” 

Throughout the afternoon, the majority of the students were able to identify 1-2 freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment, but no one was able to list more than three.

What else did they have to say, and where did they think the First Amendment should be limited? Watch the full video to find out!


Free This css1971 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

I don't think millennials explain anything, they just shriek! Then go right back to their iThumbs, munch, munch munch...useless eaters!

They are complaint factories.

The top of their heads are giant craters, that's why they all wear hoodies.

Cricket's are smarter!

I am gonna go back to my monkey with the face plant now.

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SACRED-COW asteroids Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

I was in Costco a few years ago when I ran into a former client of mine.

We got into a conversation about millennials and I took the side of how dumb they are.

My former client didn't believe me so I decided to prove my point by example.

I walked my former client over to one of the kiosks giving free food samples.

The female attendant appeared to be in her very early twenties.

I took a food sample and engaged in a little small talk with the attendant, at which point, I said I had a bet with my friend regarding who was the current vice president of the United States. 

I watched the attendants eyes look up and she responded...wait for won't believe it...Fidel Castro.

Turns out that Old Fidel had been trending in the bubble gum news for some reason or other.

Considering how bad things are now, it's even more horrifying to think about the people who are in line to take over the reins of power from the baby boom generation.

I wouldn't feel too bad about only naming two or three of the first amendment rights since you've probably been out of school for quite a long time.  Although, I would feel pretty stupid if I was in college or a junior or senior in high school and I was unable to name at least three of the rights.

  • Freedom of Religion.
  • Freedom of Speech.
  • Freedom of the Press.
  • Freedom to Assemble Peaceably.
  • Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.


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curbjob SACRED-COW Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

First off, I'm surprised you found a 20 something working in Costco; most of their employees in my neck of the woods are broke ass boomers who can't afford to retire ....

Now, if you really want to see dumb, ask a boomer who the greatest president of all time was, and 9 x out of 10 they'll parrot Reagan  ... the idiocy there is often obscured by the irony.

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gdpetti ThanksChump Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

Yeah, why did he do that? He had to know a little about him already, but winning takes precedent, and they needed Texas.... or so it's said. The other option is the ultimatum the nationalists gave FDR... get rid of your commie VP or lose the election... so FDR got rid of him for that buck stopping fool who didn't know a thing.

As for the generations.. it's been dumbed down one generation after the next, like a 'fine' wine... add in the doping up  process and vaccines along the way with our imperial propaganda to 'support the troops' as they rape and pillage the world in the name of freedom and democracy and why ask why anymore? Our OWO puppet show is ending within a decade anyway.... and the puppets are so busy outing each other... same as these millennials... same as all of the crazies out there on both sides of the fence.... the 'culling of the herd'.... unless they seek, they shall not find... same as always.... one civilization after the next... and so the WHeel of Life spins round and round until Mother Nature arrives to clean house and reset the 'game'... only this game is going to the next level... so the culling is more severe for the final curtain call... but that isn't much different from the last time major cosmic crap came our way... and not just the end of the Bronze Age, but the end of the Ice Age and all the crap that brought that about... which harder anyone knows about... but like most things.. .bits and pieces of it are there... for those that care to look and learn.... same as always.

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SACRED-COW curbjob Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we have a mix of 20-somethings, boomers and seniors up to their low nineties. 

You're correct about Reagan.  I don't get it either.  He was a lousy actor and an even worse president.

My theory is the character of the president elected represents the state of the union.

My second theory is the character of the candidates for president represents the diversity of the union. 

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scubapro curbjob Tue, 08/07/2018 - 16:41 Permalink


when reagan ran for gov of CA in 1966 the current gov was seen as 'soft on crime' stemming from the Watts riots, and the growing hippie and protest movements.   he gets elected, sends in the natl guard to berkely, passes abortion rights and no-fault divorce! gets reelected along nixons lines of law and order completing his grooming for natl office.   then doesnt get the nod in 76, but gets the fantastic luck to run against Carter!   what a lay-up!   his luck is further extended by having a fed chair with balls, Volcker, who crushes inflation.   his supply side bs and tax cuts get through, but the rise in s/t rates illicits the second dip of the double dip recession in 1982.  summer of 1983 he was very UNpopular as the recssion was on and nuclear arms/power planst were protested left and right.    but then in 1984 the economy hits stride (as if often does after a recession) and jobs grow for like 5-6 months into the election by more than 400k per month (THATS job growth, not 207k bs).   the rest is history, reagan gets full credit for the econ renaissance that occurred post the 1970's stagflation.

the opposite is likely to occur with djt, inheriting a late stage econ cycle and a fed raising rates.  hopefully we'll hear as much from djt as we do from W in two years.....a long two years.

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SPONGE bismillah Tue, 08/07/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

To be fair to the millenials... (sorry, somebody has to do it), they are not entirely to blame for their stupidity.

They live in a world of a dumbed-down beyond belief education system, a world of poisoned air, poisoned food and water, and constant radiation from electromagnetic waves bombarding them 24 hrs a day. They live in a world where all main stream media and entertainment is complete hogwash propaganda.

So do I, but I am in my 50's and none of this pollution was near this bad in my younger years. And, I am aware enough (smarter with age?) to avoid a lot of these poisons. I have been red-pilled for a couple of decades.

Never, never drink tap water

Only eat real food, organic when possible. Nothing processed.

Can't do much about the chemtrail poisoning in my area except HEPA filter interior air

avoid electro magnetic radiation as much as possible

Haven't been sick, even a cold, in 15 years, and mentally, I'm fucking awake and pissed at what is happening to everyone around me.

It's like the movie Idiocracy.  I will rule this world! Bwahaha (rubbing hands together slowly).

Protect that pineal gland!

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Jack's Raging … SACRED-COW Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:37 Permalink

Fidel Castro is a dreadful answer, to be sure. Just keep in mind that you're speaking to someone handing out snacks. You're unlikely to get better responses from a middle-aged washroom attendant. This isn't the type of person that holds the reigns of power. Every generation has their dullards. They are just fine where they are...handing out free snacks.

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SACRED-COW Jack's Raging … Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

That was just one example.  I could list many more.

The video in this article is directed towards college students, not washroom attendants.

Overall, I wouldn't be surprised if the washroom attendants scored higher than the college students since the washroom attendants are more likely to be denied their first amendment rights.

Also, what I've found is that the girls are in far worst shape than the boys.

BTW, I up-voted you. (see below)

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Socratic Dog Berspankme Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:43 Permalink

I have to admit I only knew speech.  I had it in my mind the others were derivative to speech.  And I read it, seriously, no less than 5 years ago.

I thought it real interesting that almost all of them  thought that you shouldn't be allowed to say things that might make others uncomfortable.

Uncomfortable?  Roll the Bill of Rights because it might make someone uncomfortable?  That's a helluva reason to gut your Constitution.

Edit: text from Wikipedia.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".

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