i have a distant relative who spent many years as an elected official in the us government. this person is very smart, funny, irreverent, and has a reasonably amount of common sense.
during one discussion we were having, they actually said this (i'm paraphrasing of course):
"i was not elected to represent the people, i was elected to make the right decisions for them. most people are really too dumb to make the best decisions."
that made me question the very concepts of government and democracy, probably for the first time. before long... viola! yet another bisexual, biracial, biped anarchist is born.