John Galsworthy said "Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."
Campaign promises aren't usually based on reality. They are based on the idealism that comes from not having responsibility or in depth knowledge of the situation.
I always say that if I ran for office my platform would be that for Day Light Savings, We would "fall back" both times of the year. Thus giving everyone an extra hour of sleep twice a year. Its popular with the people, thus I am sure I'd get elected.
But setting our clocks back twice a year would have significant ramifications on our schedules matching with the sun. After a few years we'd be living a vampire's shift in the middle of the night, and going to bed at sunrise.
Leaders of any organization whether it is a company, a school, or a government need to create an infrastructure where its population can thrive and reach their goals.
For instance, in Toastmasters, the Vice President of Membership helps the members know how to get to their goals, but they don't give the speeches for the member. The member has to do the hard work of preparing and giving the speech.
Give our leaders support, tell them what we think on issues, and lets do our part to make our own dreams come true, because no one else will.