mind you, i haven't labelled anyone as stupid. i have said that some people are ignorant. there is a difference. i also haven't said that most people are easily manipulated. i've said that some politicians and organizations are manipulative.
i also know plenty of people that are not well-educated, but whom happen to be quite intelligent and capable of unmasking bull. i also know of plenty of intelligent people (as far as test scores/academic qualifications) who are easily swayed by bull arguments such as the one i have described. this has nothing to do with education/intelligence. though, i will say that i've known plenty of sheep. it's pretty easy to see every election (as an example). many people will vote republican or democrat simply because that's the ticket that they've always voted for and their parents always voted for. while you may consider this elitist, or stupid, or whatever, i hardly think it's a stretch to say that many people are sheep in one instance or another. i'm sure i qualify in some way too.
"people don't understand the foundations upon why they believe what they believe. instead, we are told what we should believe, and most people do not question this."
You said "most people". And I take issue with this. Most people do question things, and whether or not they come to your conclusions, have made up their own minds. I mean, I'm not going to make a huge issue out of this, but to be consistent here you should have said many people, or some people. But by saying most people, you're tarring and feathering with a very wide brush. Bottom line, it's your opinion, and you're entitled to it. I do not, nor will I ever, agree.