The new trend of politicians and public figures in America is to denounce their own authority and hide behind the veneer of the common man. Michael Scherer of Time Magazine writes:
All authorities have basically failed America —the banks, the media, big business, the government, the elected process. So the way to give yourself credibility is to mock the idea of credibility.
It may be my overzealous effort to be a citizen of the world first, and an American second, but I can claim some authority in my being a first generation immigrant when I say that this tactic is only feasible in America. Other nations would not tolerate public figures taking an “Average Joe” defense because of the existence of very different sorts of expectations.
Our “for the people, by the people” democratic approach separates us from other nations in many positive ways, and I am first in line for tickets to the Praise the Founding Principles of Our Nation party. However, in other countries there is no appeal for a politician to be “one of us”. No, a politician is a politician because they are in some way more competent, responsible and capable of leading a nation than the average citizen. They don’t get a free ride, because frankly, they didn’t sign up for one.
I think that as Americans, we should start holding our politicians and public figures to higher standards. It is high time to reclaim some of the authority that has a rightful place in politics.