As the uncontested "reelection" of Barack Obama has demonstrated, America has increasingly become a country of misinformed and underinformed voters. This is largely due to decades of radical Socialists having used calls for more "fairness" and "equality" and to push collectivist "social responsibility" over individualist "personal responsibility."
It has been accomplished by information manipulation, the goal of which has been to gain support for a radical Socialist agenda, especially from the most recent two generations of Americans. The main vehicles for accompliushing this has been the education system, both public and private, accompanied and followed up with daily doses of pre-spun news reporting and analyses through various media increasingly dominated by radical Socialists.
MANIPULATING PUBLIC OPINION
It's all been about controlling public viewpoints by changing and slanting the content of information. For example, in Chicago, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, a married couple who in the early 1970s founded a violent anti-American Communist terrorist group they called the "Weather Underground" and bombed public buildings and killed Americans, have become highly regarded celebrities who since the early 1980s have been working quietly to advance Communism in American education.
In the early 1990s they recruited our current President to work with them as head of three lush foundations to distribute tens of millions of dollars in support of Communist organizations, political candidates and child education programs. Using techniques described and employed successfully by a Communist revolutionary named Saul Alinsky, they were able to gain mostly unwitting allies in several of the world's richest men, who lavish funds and political influence on hastening the far left "fundamental transformation" of the nation which the current President announced but never specifically delineated.
AMERICAN COMMUNISTS ALLIED WITH VARIOUS OTHER GLOBALISTS
As the most powerful nation of the post-World War II period, the US has become the number one target of various global government advocates. They realize the US must be reduced to closer to average nation power in order for Americans to accept relinquishing national sovereignty to an organization which would then promise to improve their lot.
So there has actually been an effort to erode the country rather than strengthen it, and shockingly, the current President for his own reasons has become the standard bearer of that movement. As a result, America today has tragically become the victim of an alliance among business globalists, Communists, radical Islamicists and other enemies of Western Civilization and American power, Capitalism and Christianity. It's become a very powerful force, made more successful by exploiting and perverting Americans' historic empathy, generosity and yes naive trust that their elected leaders are being mostly honest with them.
Thus a dumbing down has been part of an effort to transform the American mentality by concerted deliberate effort directed at those in positions to influence public opionion, from one which traditionally protected the sovereignty and value of the individual to one which sees everything through the Marxist sense of the priority of the collective alone.