The degree to which you can ignore, forget, and be unconscious of politics is the degree of your privilege and power.
Or a reflection of your knowledge about how hopeless politics is. In politics, no matter who you support, it is the people who suffer. One man rode with General Juarez against Maximillian, he lost many chickens but he thought it was worth it. When Porfirio became president, he supported him, but he stole his chickens. Then came Huerta and he stole his chickens. Then came Carranza, and he also stole his chickens. And then Pancho Villa came to liberate and free him, and the first thing he did was steal his chickens. All over the world revolutions come and go, presidents rise and fall. They all steal your chickens. They only differ in name.
I am saying: if you're a true dharma practitioner, you can discern what is wholesome and what is unwholesome, and you can recognise that reality is more than your individual concerns. You can generate genuine concernful involvement with the suffering of others (which implies helping them realise their potential), and you can act on all of this, rather than just paying lip service to it, or considering it as taking place entirely on the plane of abstact thought.
I like this idea. But whenever I see people try to be political in the name of ideas, they just end up stealing chickens.
I can see what is wholesome and unwholesome (to my limited degree), and I see that politics, even when the intent is wholesome, always involves unwholesome actions. And is therefore unwholesome.
Moreover, I'm not sure where you got the name tag which says "Tobes: Qualified to tell you who is a True Dharma Practitioner."
In a sense, by dealing with royalty as much as he did, he was quite political, and not afraid to apply his Dharma when it was needed.
What the Buddha proscribed in the Sutras to kings, I agree with it all. In the modern world, with modern political concerns, I am not wise enough, and Bhikkhu Bodhi is not wise enough, to provide advice commensurate with the Buddha's. Remember, if he did not become the Buddha, he would have become the Cakravartin. What kind of genius do you think you are? Do you really understand the "correct" way to run a country? Not even a King knows that. To quote some satire,
W.S. Gilbert, Iolanthe wrote:
And while the House of Peers withholds
Its legislative hand,
And noble statesmen do not itch
To interfere with matters which
They do not understand,
As bright will shine Great Britain’s rays
As in King George’s glorious days!