If we assume that politicians are not evil then we must find some other reason for their often self serving actions. If we accept that politicians often seem to be in love with their ideas if not themselves then perhaps we can excuse their actions because they do not see clearly the long term results of what they do or are proposing. Shakespeare seems to have something to say about modern politicians…. it’s not what he was talking about or what he intended when he wrote these lines but still it seems a most apt description of the problem.
For I am much ashamed of my exchange:
But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;
Aye, there’s the rub.