Hey, I grew up in Canada and didn’t study U.S. history or civics, but even I was able to match Amy Coney Barrett by being able to name four out of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, namely:
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of the press
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of assembly
The one both she and I had forgotten was “Freedom to petition the government”, which is also phrased as “Freedom to protest”.
Remember: I have an excuse — I’m not a U.S. citizen (I’m a Canadian with a “green card”) and didn’t grow up here. I didn’t take civics classes here. I just know what I know about the U.S. from reading the news, books, and observation.
You know who should be able to answer a softball question about anything on the Bill of Rights — the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution — by a friendly party (Republican senator Ben Sasse)? An American-born law school graduate, judge, and candidate for Supreme Court justice.
I’ll give her this: She carries herself a good deal better than this toolbag: