Idolizing False Prophets

Glorifying Political Figures Has Dangerous Effects


Kaleigh Zollman

Idolizing politicians furthers America’s deep divide. We must remember that these politicians are here to serve us.

An American politician’s job is to represent the people and to uphold the U.S. Constitution. We as citizens vote for them into office with the expectation that they will speak for their constituents. This has been how the country is supposed to run, since the time of our founding fathers. In recent years, the expectation for politicians behavior has changed. Americans have started to idolize politicians just like they would with a music artist or professional sports player. To idolize someone means to admire excessively. Idolizing politicians needs to stop because it leads to extreme division, which will be the downfall of our nation.
Decking yourself out in merchandise, attending political rallies and showing support for a candidate is not idolization. Idolization is the glorification of a politician. When someone glorifies a politician, they believe that they can do no wrong and everything they say is truthful. Idolizing politicians is polarizing this country’s current political climate.
The Capitol Hill attack proves the toxicity of this idol culture. The insurrectionists were obsessed with the idea that the election was stolen from them. They could not possibly fathom a world in which their leader, Donald Trump, was not President of the United States for another four years. His followers believed in this idea so much that they decided to storm the Capitol building and threaten our elected representatives to get what they wanted. They created an image of Donald Trump in which he was so god-like;they could not see outside of that resulting in 140 federal arrests by Jan 31. This idolization led to one of the darkest days in our nation’s recent history.
Personally speaking, I am a big supporter of congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an avid supporter of the Green New Deal. I follow her on social media and pay attention to her work in Congress. I even watched her play “Among Us” to encourage young people to vote in the 2020 election. However, I recognize that she is not perfect; she’s a human too. It is crucial that I keep up with her work so I can see if she starts to support policies that do not align with my beliefs. I pay attention to AOC because I am a young woman that is interested in politics, not because I think she is perfect and can do no wrong.
The USA is divided enough. We must remember that these politicians are here to serve us. We do not have to place them on a pedestal, we need to hold them accountable. This is not what our country was founded on, it was never what we were about. A value that our country has held since our founding is that politician’s mistakes should be recognized and called out.
While there can be politicians that we look up to, we need to remember that they are not perfect. Now more than ever, we need to be willing to look outside of our own beliefs and have valuable, productive conversations with others. Idolizing politicians will not allow us to do that. At the end of the day, we must remember that politicians are human beings, just like us. They can and they will make mistakes. It is up to America to hold them accountable.