It’s an interesting thing, as one looks over politics on both a national and even a local level how many politicians lose touch with their base, the ones who put them into office in the first place.
It’s as if the passion and enthusiasm that put them into office becomes a little uncomfortable, once they settle into the command chair, so to speak.
This is especially the case with many liberal candidates (though it does also happen with conservatives, as well) who find themselves in power.
How does this change come about?
Oftentimes they tell themselves - and us -it is because they now have to represent everybody, and not just the folks who put them in office. Okay, fair enough, up to a point. But then again, you won for a reason, didn’t you?
And sometimes it is because the once passionate candidate has now surrounded themselves with middle-of-the-roaders, managers afraid to do anything but simply manage.
The calls from those who expect the office-holder to behave the way the voters had a reasonable right to expect him or her to behave are regarded as an annoyance. The ones who complain that the office-holder has changed are viewed as “radical,” and not to be taken seriously.
A rift is created between the once rock-solid supporters and the elected official, who comes to rely more and more on the Wormwoods who now advise him.
“It’s okay,” they mutter to him, “you don’t really need their support anyway. Let us introduce you to some new friends.”
And bit by bit, thread by thread, the elected official’s political garments are changed for all new ones, visible only to him and to his sycophants.
Yes, finally, the Emperor has new clothes . . .
Quote of the Day
Never “for the sake of peace and quiet” deny your own experience and convictions. - Dag Hammarskjold