I disagree. Had we had real leaders there would not be the distrust that is prevalent these days. It is not "innate" distrust but deserved distrust. For instance the government wastes 170 million a year just to hold onto vacant buildings. Your Tax Dollars Pay for Vacant Buildings | Video - ABC News & Turn more of the Government's empty buildings over to community or business use | UK news | guardian.co.uk That can be corrected relatively quickly if not for government red tape. The excuse often is "well that's just a drop in the bucket to our operating cost anyway" or something like that. But a real leader would jump on correcting that waste and all other government waste instead of simply placating to the voters with empty promises that fix nothing. And that is just one example of what a true leader can do. Your view basically says there are no leaders and we're only capable of electing ineffective presidents.So the problem isn't the lack of leaders who will be fearless. The problem is the innate distrust of voters who think they will be the only ones doing any sacrificing while the rich get richer. Leaders can't lead those who don't want to be led. You want to be led, but where? Answer that question specifically and someday you may find the leader of your dreams. But understand that if I don't share your American dream I'll do everything in my power to fight it, thus ensuring that we both get less than what we want, and most probably a less than perfect president.