If one defends a position that they know is flawed, or worse, completely corrupt, then they are delusional and stupid.
Take most politicians these days, they fight for a better way, if they are well intentioned, yet they know the system of voting is not democratic or anywhere near good enough to call democracy. If you look at it closely enough, do we even want democracy, given these conditions? I would say we do but only if those that vote are absolutely sure they know what they are voting for and have clear, educated ideas of what the person or party they vote for represents. Do you believe that almost all voters are well educated and fully aware of the policies and ideals that their political representative holds? I do not. Though I am pretty clear on this, modern politicians are willing to lie to us in order to obtain power over us. That is why I want to see “the system” change. Politicians who uphold the system as it stands are in my mind scum.
Politicians obtain power within our current system and once they obtain power, they become unwilling or at very least unable to change the system. So they defend the status quo. I believe the “status quo” is a stagnant pond of corruption and greed. That which benefits from being on the upper most parts of a stagnant pond is called scum. Yet there are monsters outside the pond who rely on the scum, ensuring the stagnant pond keeps regenerating new scum. In this ugly analogy of our current “system of government” we are (as voters) way down at the bottom of pond, we are bottom feeders. So, in order for the system to change we must evolve, we must rise up and reject the system and find a better way. We cannot do this within the stagnant pond. For you see, those that are scum will say we are just another bottom feeder. Those that control the stagnant pond monitor the surface of the pond and if any of it starts to be openly aware of what is keeping it afloat they replace it. The pond cannot evolve without massive agitation and the monitors are constantly checking the surface of the stagnant pond.
I remember as a child the putrid stench of a stagnant pond on some landfill we called “the dumps.” I was aware that it was toxic.