The challenging part of living the good life (no yelping allowed, compared to MOST of the world, we live a very good life) in a democratic society is that we forget our OBLIGATION to keep it democratic. This does not end with making an X in a box once every 3 or 4 years people!
You can howl about politicians breaking campaign promises all you want, but honestly how many of us make any effort whatsoever to hold them to their promises?? How many of us go to those City Council meetings and sit in the gallery? Not bloody many. I know this for a fact, because I am often one of two or three people sitting there!
As much as we would like to believe that the people running for office are intelligent, strong and respectful people - we should not bank on it. There are many times many ways to engage with a local governement but if we get lazy and don’t bother - our government very kindly reflects that attitude! They don’t bother trying to engage us any more!
Think about it! Are the City Halls full of politicians? Or are they full of leaders? Which would we prefer?