The ability to think beyond the needs of one's self is a characteristic of the truly civilized person.
Our celebrity culture and many of its enablers in the political punditocracy, however, suggest that the first and last focus should be on Me.
This new mindset declares, "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what the country can do for you." If a leader is not addressing every problem I encounter from the time I awaken until the time sleep beckons as well as the hours in-between, then that person must not care enough and we all know that caring trumps competence.
What is the single measurement for how much they care? Me!
And that is how government becomes a vending machine.