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Jul 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM - by viscousmemories
Like many people I grew up believing that all politicians are morally bankrupt and untrustworthy, regardless of their party or policy positions. Learning that the vast majority of Congresspeople are millionaires didn't help, it just made me add "completely out of touch with, and probably unsympathetic toward, working class people" to my negative view of them.

I also believed, prior to this administration, that there was very little difference between the two major parties.

This is why I have never identified as a Democrat despite being much more aligned with their stated positions and values, and why I didn't pay any attention to politics for the first 30-ish years of my life. Of course the few times I have voted have been for Democrats because I usually agree with what they say they will do, regardless of whether I expect them to follow through.

My viewpoint is much different now, but I still don't trust the vast majority of politicians. I do trust Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, though, and almost entirely because she was a working class person a couple years ago. When she speaks I hear a human being sharing her actual views, not someone reciting some watered-down version of what a focus group determined their views should be to appeal to the broadest segment of the voters.

That got me wondering, are there other trustworthy politicians? I'm not being facetious, there literally isn't another one who comes across to me as a sincere, honest, and compassionate servant of the people instead of someone who will compromise anything to retain their position. Who else do I need to know about?

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