In a speech Wednesday, retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter made a powerful plea for re-educating the American public about the fundamentals of how government works. The republic, Souter said, "can be lost, it is being lost, it is lost, if it is not understood." He cited surveys showing large majorities of the public cannot name the three branches of government. Souter spoke at a conference focusing on the independence of the judiciary, convened by retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Souter: Republic Is Lost Unless Civic Education Improves
The National Law Journal
May 21, 2009