Author and researcher Sarah Kendzior writes
that low enthusiasm for politicians is a virtue.
The absence of enthusiasm for political figures can be a sign that the democratic process is working – “provided sensible caution does not transform into knee-jerk distrust and other forms of nihilism and zealotry.”
She notes that as citizens, “we are not meant to be cheerleaders for presidents; they work for us.”
And as voters, we are not obligated to like or be enthusiastic about a given candidate. Our job is to evaluate them on their words and actions. It’s an exercise in critical analysis, not choosing friends.
On the other hand, excessive enthusiasm for a political figure can be dangerous. It’s a pathway to demagoguery.
As Kendzior puts it: “Blind loyalty, in the end, is merely blindness.”