A Nation of North Koreas

It must be isolating to be a state- or national-level politician these days. The whole system seems very friendless and lonely. It’s hard enough for me to do “the right thing” with my oh-so-minor professional and personal decisions — even when I have a generous support network of friends, family, and allies. So it hurts to imagine a life where I’m virtually alone and my decisions directly affect millions.

Hence calling this rant “A Nation of North Koreas” — because all these politicians are lonely, isolated, insecure, and could potentially destroy the lives of everyone around them.

It seems strange to say that politicians are “isolated” when the country is so obsessed with smartphones and social media that our Commander in Chief speaks to the nation with the same Twitter platform (and grammar?) as a teenager.

According to the articles: politicians don’t talk to their colleagues across the aisle (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/01/politics/congress-work-time/), they don’t talk to their families and spouses (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/first_mates/2008/10/_or_for_worse.html) (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127352919), they can’t talk to their own party (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/how-american-politics-went-insane/485570/), and they don’t even talk to their constituents (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/17/staffers-from-congressmans-office-play-hide-and-seek-with-constituents.html) (https://trofire.com/2017/03/25/sir-shut-texas-rep-demonstrates-exactly-dont-talk-constituents-majority-report/).

Sometimes it seems like the only folks politicians can talk to are people who give them money (https://www.termlimits.com/congress-fundraising-priority).

That can’t be healthy. But I can’t write that off as an insidious oligarchic takeover of the government or all politicians being corrupt.

What do ya’ll think? Maybe we need households to “adopt a politician”?