, 7 tweets, 2 min read Read on Twitter
I might as well lay this down because I’m going to end up saying it again and again over the next year:

Americans have an unhealthy view of elected officials and government.

We put far too much emphasis on heroic figures saving us from our troubles.

The most effective citizen activism over the past two years came at times when we had *zero faith* our representatives would serve us well if we didn’t agitate for the things we need.

Protecting the ACA, reversing the family separation policy, and on and on.

It is great to love our candidates, leaders and elected representatives.

It is very much not great to assume loving them means the things we want and need will come to be if we just watch.

My biggest kerfuffles with people on the left have all centered around this issue.

I bristled at the early worship of Avenatti. I bristle endlessly at the outsized adoration of Bernie. I pushed back on the rush to beatify AOC, Beto, Mayor Pete, and on and on.

It isn’t because I oppose those people.

It’s because elevating people who are elected to be workers on our behalf to pedestals of admiration actually hurts rather than helps.

Even when a politician deserves to be lionized and revered, it serves no useful purpose to worship a *public servant*.

It may make people feel better to believe a protective leader is shielding them from harm but we are saved only by our own unceasing work.

It doesn’t matter who the person is, when the public rushes to invest love in a hero du jour, I am going to piss of their biggest fans by tamping that down.

Politics isn’t religion; it’s labor.

We work or we don’t.

No politician will ever free us of that.

Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to The Hoarse Whisperer
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!