Remember when Rick Perry said, “Running for president is not an IQ test,”? Well, I thought I’d check the record and see just how smart old Rick really is. Here are some questions that a governor should reasonably know the answer to if he’s running an entire state. Let’s see how he does.
1. What’s the minimum age at which an American can vote in an election?
“Those of you that will be twenty one by November twelfth, I ask for your support and your vote.” Saint Anselm’s College, New Hampshire, September 2011 (The minimum voting age in the United States has been eighteen since 1971.)
2. Can you name a city in Mexico?
“Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.” Press Conference, February 2011 (Yes, Juarez in is Mexico. No it is not in the US.)
3. What is the minimum age for a presidential candidate?
“I’m glad you’re not twenty one.” Greenville, South Carolina, December 2011 (Commenting to seven-year-old Catcher Jones who was wearing a tee shirt that read “Future President: Accepting Campaign Donations Now” Minimum age for a presidential candidate is thirty five.)
4. When did the American Revolution take place?
“One of the reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.” Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 2011 (The American Revolution began in 1775, the 18th Century)
5. Who was the President of the United States at the time of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.?
“You go back a decade ago with Woodrow Wilson…” CNN Interview, November 2011. (George W. Bush was president in 2001.)
6. Can you name three functions of the United States Department of Education?
“I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.” Iowa Campaign stop, August 2011 (No, we were going for Loans, Grants, Accreditation, Legislation or Statistics)
7. What does the U. S. Constitution state about Freedom of Religion?
“Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.” On the signing of the “Merry Christmas Bill”, Austin, Texas June 2013 (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Constitution says to stay out of it all together.)
8. What is the number of judges on the Supreme Court?
“I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges.” Des Moines Register editorial board meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, December 2011 (The answer is nine.)
9. Name a country that begins with the letter S.
“I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.” Ames, Iowa, December 2011 (Spain, Serbia, Somalia, Samoa…)
10. Which government entity creates Environmental Protection legislation?
“Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don’t need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up. You’re doing nothing more than killing jobs. It’s a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A.” Tea Party Republican Debate, Tampa, Florida, September 2011 (Congress generates and passes all federal laws.)
Bonus Question: How many EPA inspectors are there in the state of Texas?
(One. And that inspector covers a regional area including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.)
Well, it looks as though ol’ Rick is right. As long as no one cares whether presidential candidates know what they’re talking about, running for president is not an I.Q. test. But remember, if we don’t test the intelligence of our presidential candidates, we can’t complain if we get an idiot president.