One aspect that troubles me about elections and how people vote is, are most people voting for who they think is the best leader/thinker, or who is most like them? Why is it the most important thing for some people is that the candidate has the same religion as you, or talks the same way, or has the same skin color? This example is not related to this election, but what if you had a complete moron who connected with the masses but failed at everything he ever did, running up against a more hermit strategic thinker type of guy, maybe of a different religion or skin color, but who had phenomenal success in every level of activity he had ever been in over decades. Would most of America be happy with a moron they identified with and felt was most similar to them, even if it meant the country was being run into the ground? Do their values trump anything, even performance and ability? And in today's world where so many people are influenced by mass media and group-think, doesn't the lack of independent thought result in the breakdown of true democracy? You can't have real democracy if the public is not educated and critical - at some point the system breaks down if too many people are idiots.