I remember when the tide changed. It was Reagan who first started making fun of liberal politicians and their well-intentioned meddling. They didn’t have the wisdom to let the marketplace self-correct. When political ads were approved by the FCC, the airwaves were flooded by pre-commercials and the voice-overs always accused the candidate for the other side of being a “politician.”
Yes, politics is difficult because self-governance is work. Far easier to simply let an enlightened despot make decisions for you. The problem lies in the despots who want the job. Few are enlightened. Bullies and thugs abound.
The ancient Greeks thought politics was the duty of every free man. It still is. Maybe most men no longer care to be free because it’s too much work.