Learning is eventually always about action, and one basic reflective skill involves using gaps between what we say and what we do as a vehicle for becoming more aware. For example, I may profess a view, (an espoused theory) that people are basically trustworthy. But I never lend friends money and jealously guard all my possessions. Obviously, my theory in use, my deeper mental model, differs from my espoused theory. - Peter Senge
The key to personal growth is learning to bridge that gap. Until that's achieved, no learning can occur. Your wallowing in self deception, a victim of the 11th Commandment. "Thou shalt not fake thyself out." The ability to recognize wether or not your actions, reflect your espoused theory while your taking those actions, is what distinguishes the truly exceptional individual. True leaders align their actions with the principles they aver to.
Let's apply that to the political arena. One of the standards of a true leader is to never lift yourself up by diminishing another. Are the candidates that are currently vying for office using true leadership principles? How they espouse the above rule speaks volumes about the character of the leader. If you support a candidate, ask yourself is he or she passes this smell test. If not, are they qualified to hold the office of the most powerful leader in the world? Shouldn't we expect this from our highest office candidate?