I am not a politician, nor do I play one on television. And I am sufficiently politically aware and socially involved that I can point out where I disagree with and disapprove of decisions made by those in government (at any level).
But I also feel sorry for politicians. To misquote Rodney Dangerfield, "they don't get no respect".
One of the reasons I have no desire to run for office is that I have no desire to put up with the, to put it bluntly, crap that politicians get, particularly at the municipal level.
In a small community municipal leaders are, by and large, people who have offered to take a chunk of time out of their everyday lives to provide leadership and guidance to the whole community. And in exchange they get vilified at a regular basis for decisions that they make. These are our neighbours. They deserve respect. They deserve to be treated fairly.
I have never lived under a government whose decisions I always agreed with. I admit that I have spoken disparagingly of decisions and those who make them. But we owe them better. It is possible to think that the decision is wrong without calling the decision-maker names. Let's give it a try.