The danger of being an idealist is that you will have your heart broken. Everyone, including myself, falls short of the ideal on many occasion. When people seem to intentionally choose a less than ideal path, it can take the air out of me.
We live in a grand melting pot of different cultures, ideas, religions, and lifestyles. It seems as though people have been throwing rocks into the melting pot to try to keep us separated and from uniting to form a wonderful mix. I can make of juice out of foods I do not like: kale, pears, beets, parsley, chard and lemon. A wonderful symphony of nutrition and taste appear in my glass. So it is with ideas. No one person always has the best answer. We need to draw on the knowledge and experience of one another to create the the ideal symphony.
Lobbyists and the powerful rich did pursue politicians to try to get in their heads and their pockets. Now it seems like politicians are pursuing them to get money. Politicians and political parties market themselves with tag lines and sworn stances that spin them into a corner. Once elected, they have to stand, uncompromising, in their corners for fear they will not be able to raise money for the next election. They become rocks, unwilling to negotiate or even try to see another point of view.
There are reasoned voices but they have become so faint in the shadow of the barking marketeers.
So as the election season heats up, this idealist will be bracing for another broken heart. However, still determined to believe that once the dust settles, our chosen leaders will actually lead us to unite and stop throwing rocks in our melting pot.