Tea Party candidates all across America are finding out that they may not know nearly enough American History to get them past the journalists who are now starting to ask the hard questions. This is no more apparent than in the latest debate between Christine O'Donnell and her opponent Chris Coons when O'Donnell repeatedly asked "the separation of church and state is in the First Amendment?" Further questions about the Constitution brought even more surprise and non-answers from the woman who claims she is up to the job of becoming a state senator from Delaware. Open laughter by the audience at a candidate's incredulous remarks is one thing not usually common at a serious debate about political issues.
All naturalized citizens are given a series of civics tests to determine their knowledge of American History and Government. From how many representatives are in the House and Senate to who our founding fathers were, the questions are meant to not only give a quick civics lesson to those who would make America their new home but help them understand the country to which they are pledging their allegiance.
Unfortunately, there are several mid-term candidates who could use a tutor when it comes to constitutional law. Perhaps a naturalized citizen or a legal immigrant in this country awaiting that status could offer his/her tutoring services to these candidates to make them ready for such inevitable scenes of embarrassment as not being able to answer simple questions about the Constitution or in the case of Sharron Angle, not being able to ascertain a Mexican from an Asian.
Lessons all around by those very people who Tea Party Candidates say should not be in our country. We've got enough foreigners. But the fact is most of the country's history is foreign to the candidates and these naturalized citizens may be the only ones who truly know the answers to the hard questions. If it weren't so frightening, it would be comical.