Steven Taylor of PoliBlog has a Pop Quiz on Dictatorship he published in yesterday’s Birmingham Post-Herald.

It is my experience that examinations and quizzes often focus the minds of students, and so I propose the following brief quiz to help those who are having trouble defining the term “dictator” and dealing with its significance. In each case the answer is either “Bush or Hussein”. Please don’t copy from your neighbor:

*Which President built for himself dozens of opulent palaces while the infant mortality rate in his country doubled from 1991 to 1999?
*Which President had a jail for children?
*Which President encourages his own citizens to blow themselves up?
*Which president used torture and terror to force his citizens to behave?
*Which President had to send out thugs to force his own citizens to fight to defend his regime?
*Which President created a cult of personality around himself and built statues to his own glory and covered the walls of his nation with photos and murals of himself?
*Which president spent millions on weapons while many of his people lacked food and basic utilities?
*Which President actually cares about the fate of the Iraqi people?

After reading the conclusion, I can’t imagine why it wasn’t picked up by WaPo:

If you are having trouble answering any of these, it may be time to go polish your “Dean for President” button and head off to watch The West Wing.

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  1. PoliBlogger says:

    Actually, I sent that one to WaTi 🙂

  2. John Lemon says:

    Is this one of those quizzes where any answer is correct, so long as it builds self-esteem?