I find it hard to believe this, but maybe I shouldn’t after my experience moving to Wyoming. More than a few people could not pronounce it correctly and more did not know where it was. Yes, Wyoming is a mountainous western state folks, and it is not near Illinois.
But fortunately, I never had to deal with this:
I was never denied a license because people thought Wyoming was a different country.
This is simply inexcusable for a clerk issuing licenses to not recognize our 50 states. Yet, it happened, and sadly, it can probably happen again. Another abhorrent chapter on this is that the supervisor also did not know that New Mexico was indeed legitimately one of our nation’s 50 states.
Of all the things we should divide over stupidity is not one of them. We should all recognize a lack of preparedness and education as a problem. Not one but two people in this important official office did not know that New Mexico was a state. So, who hired them and on what basis?
Should we over react to this? No, but just the same, this little tidbit is likely not as isolated as we might think. I would just hope that people everywhere would recognize the absurdity and look to do something about it.
Here’s a simple solution: teach civics!