EricBess: I agree almost entirely with you, but for one point you made on which my stand should be clarified. While I can understand and agree with statements that the voting populace would elect people based on a number of factors including amount of expression of religious faith, I disagree with the proportions of religious faith representation among citizen-elected members of the federal government. Members of the federal government are in overwhelmingly large numbers Protestants, and so it is difficult for members of other faiths to have anyone at all to look to for political support as far as religious solidarity is concerned. I would suspect that there are far more, say, pagans (this being a massive lumping) or Buddhists or Hindus in this country who are eligible to vote than are there members of the federal government relative to the whole who represent these specific faiths. Perhaps this is one of the side effects of a democracy, but it could certainly stand to be different.