@#43 ... Thank you for a thoughtful and reasoned response. That is in short supply here at the moment. ...
Yeah, it can get a bit rough around here, but you've earned it, imo. While I do not always (OK, rarely) agree with your comments, I will say once again, I do appreciate that you hang in there and discuss your opinions here. I think it is important that rational disagreements are discussed.
OK, that aside...
... .I've never viewed a member of the US House of representatives to be "leaders" really. ...
When a local candidate comes a'knocking on my door during campaign season, they have not a clue what they will soon be facing when they ask me what I think. I can see it on their face when I ask my questions. They just want to walk away.
Those that persist I label as ~worth talking with.~
Based upon that subsequent discussion, I then decide who I want to lead my district.
Yeah, I can understand how many people (most people?) will just think "I agree, therefore I support."
But is that leadership on the part of whom we elect?
Politicians care about the next election.
Statesmen care about the next generation.