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The sheeple are woefully undereducated in civics. Citizens don’t need to know every aspect of government structure, but I’m sure this poll result represents the tip of the iceberg. There are too many empty heads out there with the ability to cast a ballot and they don’t know what they are voting for. That’s what the Rove machine counts on — our pitiful education system.

I remember taking a civics/government class. Do they teach this at all anymore? (I also remember learning about banking, money and using checking accounts in school; I’m sure that’s long gone too). I hope that this new civics education commission can find a way to get people to understand some basics. They deserve to know more.

The American Bar Association poll finds many adults struggle to identify the branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial — and have trouble explaining separation of powers.

One in five incorrectly said the three branches were Republican, Democrat and independent. Sixteen percent thought the three were local, state and federal.

While eight in 10 people said separation of powers is important, fewer than half, when given four choices, correctly picked that “Congress, the president and the federal courts each have different responsibilities.” Nearly a third thought it meant different federal departments have different powers.

Retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Sen. Bill Bradley will be honorary co-chairs of a new civic education commission.

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