When you use words it helps to know what they mean. Any high school English student who's wrestled with the difference between "affect" and "effect" or who's tried to use "loath" as an adjective can tell you that. And when you're publicly discussing global politics on your campaign track, it especially helps to have a firm grasp on which countries exist and which countries used to exist but no longer do. Our future ruiner of the free world, however, doesn't exactly see why this sort of knowledge is important.
While talking about the general fear of the decline of the United States, my girl Michele Bachmann spat out the following misnomer: that many Americans "see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward." Two out of three isn't so bad, eh Michele? At least you've recognized a couple of the major players in this here world of ours, which you even acknowledge is way bigger than the boundaries of the old US of A. And hey, it's not her fault her geography is spotty--some kids in this country don't even have maps.
I mean, it's not like the Soviet Union just dissolved recently and people are still getting used to saying names like "Russia" again. It's been two decades. The Soviet Union broke up two years after I was born and they let me drive cars and rent apartments now. C'mon, Michele. I know the world's a huge place and your brain is a very small one, but get it together. The whole John Wayne Gacy thing was silly but at least you're not going to need to know very much about famous serial killers and/or film stars if you're commander in chief. Flubbing on the name of a major world power on a talk show interview? That belies some series gaps in world knowledge. These are things you're going to have to know if you want to lead one of the biggest, baddest countries on the planet.
While I won't deny that there's a fear of the US dropping from the rank of "biggest playground bully" to "everyday jerk" in terms of world military power, I think maybe our concerns should be elsewhere. Do we really need to have the most guns all the time? I don't know. As long as we still have more weaponry than those communists we're at war with... oh, hey, wait.