By popular definition a president, senator, or representative is a public spirited person, drawn to public service out of goodness and a sense of duty. By popular definition a constituent is an independent minded individual trying to do what is right in a democratic society.
Both definitions are wrong in terms of what actually happens in the United State’s political and economic spheres. Leaders emerge out of a small group of born predator elitists who view the world in the terms of their own interests, and feign public service. The predator elitists become national leaders. They are personable and charismatic. They have an unquenchable thirst for power and use any position they acquire to further their personal ambitions. To do this, they have to convince voters that they are devoid of self interests. Every predator elitist does not go into public life. Some go into business and figure out how to use government to rig the market they operate in.
Constituents are in fact not independent minded. All but a few make group decisions and interact with government as if government were a parent. This is all while professing to be just the opposite of what they are. Constituents want to be taken care of. They see they treat their elected leaders as caretakers. Professed conservatives look to government to rig economics and business in their favor. Liberals look to government to create social justice and to provide for them economically,
This is not a new situation. This is the order which has existed for all of recorded history. It is a natural human tendency for the general population to make themselves available to be exploited. It is also natural for leaders to take the population up on their offer and exploit them endlessly.
Sometimes predator elitists overdo it. The quest for power causes those in charge to milk the population for more than it is worth. A revolution takes place. New leaders take over and the process starts all over again.
In the United States today, we are in the early stages or a breakdown in the economical and political orders.