What a concept "rule America." I don't know.
Well in my town we have a mayor who everybody trusts and he does normal things like set the volunteer fd equipment budget and the cop's pay (only 4). He got elected by asking for the job on the radio. Didn't say much else but we all know who he is. and he also has a adopted son and daughter from Somalia and his wife is one of the cops.
Maybe America is ruled by local people more than we think? My brother works in Detroit MI and says the different neighborhoods are interesting because the "war zone" ones are the only ones the same and the other ones have their own ways of doing things even parking zones and schools and he mentions the poor ones not in the war zones are some of the best for markets and parks for kids.