I'll admit that I get a guffaw watching those "man on the street" interviews conducted by Tonight Show host Jay Leno, because I'm never disappointed at the scope of ignorance exhibited by dimwitted passersby who are unable to answer such questions as the name of the sitting vice president, or the correct date of the War of 1812.

But on the other hand, that Paris Hilton-like ignorance also elicits grave concerns.

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