OK, this might fit better in the rant/rave section, but Sean wanted something more interesting, so I'll try to make it more political in nature. My title's a bit misleading, let me explain.
I've had problems with science classes during my high school career, and because of this, I'm forced to take 2 sciences my senior year(luckily, I already have 4 maths, so I can simply skip one of those). One of these classes is Earth/Space Science, and I swear to you, I know more about the subject than my teacher. He doesn't even know how to teach information! His idea of a class lecture is reading the text out loud during class! Then he makes sure the people most involved speak the least English! Wow, he's bright. Just to take the point further, I got a question wrong on one of his tests: I had answered it the exact opposite of the right answer, then convinced him my answer was just as accurate, and got full points for it.
Anyway, somehow one day we got to talking about the FTAA(I didn't bring it up), and he goes on about whatever the hell he wants, and somehow we get to how crappy a job Bush is doing. It really surprized me to find out the guy was liberal... he'd been a businessman before. Anyway, he regretted that Bush would probably win the 2004 election because, and I quote, "Gore doesn't have a chance."
So I go up to him afterward and I mention that there are about a dozen Democrats running, 4 that actually have a good shot at getting the nomination, and none of them are Gore, and that he in fact has made official announcements stating he won't run. To this, he responds "well of course Gore has said he won't run. He can't!" completely ignoring Dean, Kerry, Lieberman, and Clark(that last name escaped me at the time, though... almost as bad as forgetting the word "saturated").
So, in his own way, I think my science teacher explained why he was right. Sad as it is, there are people out there as stupid as him in positions of relative power. I think there are enough people out there who will litterally believe anything, and with the Democrats still mostly too scared to talk, the only ones speaking are the conservatives.
There. I tied it in... somehow... so, why do you think people are idiots, and what can we do about it?