Sorry, Mr. 1247, but it is very easy in today's America to be intelligent, and yet vote for "the wrong guy" simply because you DON'T know "all of the things listed by this writer". Jbirck had it right in his 3:46pm response to you, when he cited the role the media play. I would add to this decades of disinfomation foisted on us by a socialist/Marxist dominated educational system ranging from K-12 through grad school, a secularization of society and the corresponding diminution of our church leaders (where are the pastoral counselors today who approach the calibre and universal reach of Billy Graham or Fulton J. Sheen?), and a cultural shift towards the impious as a result of the first two changes I cite.