If the status quo is always bad.... The Enemies of Happiness : The Other McCain
Political “activism,” as promoted by the Left, is entirely destructive in its goals. An eternal war against an unacceptable status quo appeals to malcontents and misfits.
We can contrast the pursuit of “activism” with the practice of statesmanship. The goal of the statesman — Winston Churchill being an eminent historic example — is to strengthen the nation, to preserve peace and enhance economic prosperity.