We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
I've mentioned of late how I feel about politics and politicians, and by the responses that I saw, we're all of a pretty similar mind. So, too, it seems, was Aesop.
And one thing that I know about Aesop is that he was an observer of humanity, and this tells me that he arrived at this conclusion by looking around. And seeing (to one of Yogi Berra's oft-repeated points).
Aesop lived about 2,600 years ago, and by this particular observation, I'd say nothing has really changed in politics in that time. I guess in many parts of the world, if not most of it, civilizations did evolve out of governments in which people were voted into and out of office - to governments of caste and ruling class...royalty or warlords or whatnot - back into elected government.
Seems like we're faced with a lose-lose proposition, and we always were.