A new survey says more Americans can name characters on The Simpsons and judges on American Idol than can name the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Now, we at PopWatch could wring our hands at Americans’ civic ignorance or curse Fox honcho Rupert Murdoch, but we’d rather suggest something constructive, especially since the solution is so simple: Make the Idol contestants sing Schoolhouse Rock-style jingles about the Constitution. Set the text of the First Amendment to a peppy tune Idol regulars already sing frequently, like the Four Tops’ ”I Can’t Help Myself.” Sing along with us now:
Congress shall make no law (Congress shall make no law)
Respecting an establishment
Of religion, or
Prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
That should work, no?