Certainly we are all entitled to our own opinions. Even the most radicalized communist government can't take away the ideas in someone's head without collusion by that someone (though they can certainly deny them of access to information, but that's a different sort of discussion).
Many of my friends and family are Republicans (doesn't that sound alarmingly like "I have a black/gay/Mexican/athiest friend" LOL?). I say this to point out
I mentioned to Aubrey that women weren't allowed to vote until my grandmother's lifetime. Her response (full 8-year-old indignation right down to stiffened back & flared nostrils): "So we had bad Presidents for all those years???" We've just begun discussing civil rights, haven't even started on gay rights, and she's already disgusted. We've come a long way, with a long way to go.
I think if politicians had to wear their sponsors as patches on their little blue suits, things might change. I'm going to start sewing. Humana first, then Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Oh, wait, we probably need a sweatshop in China to make all of them . . .
The problem with being stupid is that you can't even assess if the people you are hiring are smart - as evidenced by Palin not having a single writer or producer who could tell her what blood libel really is. The problem with massive ego is that you don't even know you're stupid.