Americans have an unhealthy view of elected officials and government.
We put far too much emphasis on heroic figures saving us from our troubles.
Protecting the ACA, reversing the family separation policy, and on and on.
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.
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’s because elevating people who are elected to be workers on our behalf to pedestals of admiration actually hurts rather than helps.
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.
Politics isn’t religion; it’s labor.
We work or we don’t.
No politician will ever free us of that.