As people tend to look for "ideological heroism" in politicians, politicians inevitably become inflexible and dogmatic.
In other words, they become more extreme and rigid, never taking the middle ground, what the old British word "trimmers" denigrated.
However, in the real world, where everything is a spectrum, a continuum, and a mixed bag, ideological heroism that strongly holds one view does not help at all.
That may be why we can resolve so many of our political issues, because we cultivate ideological heroes, who are fools that cannot deal with any continuum of viewpoints, and we elect them to deal with continuums of real world problems.
We need flexibility, variety of Shakespeare and Obama in politics to deal with the world's problems, to which there are no straightforward, simple solutions.
Jin Woo Won
An undergrad at Columbia University, studying Computer Science and in particular artificial intelligence.