O'Reilly: The New Ignorant American Voter Makes It Easier for Liberals to Win

The electoral consequences of a changing America

On yesterday's "Talking Points Memo," Bill O'Reilly discussed how a changing America makes it easier for liberals to win elections.

O'Reilly cited a Newsweek study showing that Americans performed poorly on citizenship tests that even immigrants are able to pass. In that study, 30 to 40 percent of American citizens could not name the Vice President, list our enemies in World II, or define the Bill of Rights.

O'Reilly placed the blame squarely on the self-absorption spread by the medium of the internet, poor civics education in schools and a lack of interest in politics, while suggesting that people were putting their own selfish interests ahead of those of the country.

Defending Freedom of Speech becomes more of a challenge once people are no longer aware that they have that freedom and punishing politicians who violate Freedom of Religion becomes more difficult when the people no longer know that this freedom even exists.

O'Reilly suggested that a changing America was more vulnerable to political and economic manipulation.