Oprah Winfrey gave a barn-burner of a speech at the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, and all of a sudden half the internet was calling for her to run for president.

She shot to the top of the celebrity president power rankings, but she’s hardly the only contender. Actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson periodically gets buzz for a presidential run, as does Dallas Mavericks owner and reality TV star Mark Cuban.

And, of course, one guy looms above all of them: our actual celebrity president, Donald Trump.

My understanding is that Trump’s utter lack of political experience was a large part of his appeal to those who voted for him. Basically, they felt Washington was corrupt and elitist and ineffective, so it was time to bring in an outside exterminator.

Burn it all down and start over.

Oprah and Trump are not much alike, but it seems the basic allure of hoping they run for president is the same: Politicians aren’t getting it done, so why not try somebody we love from outside politics?

This notion worries me for many reasons.

First, it shows how obsessed we have become with individual personalities in determining the direction of our country.

Americans sometimes act like good government is a simple exercise in willpower and personal moral clarity, not an endlessly complicated web of compromises and trade-offs. It’s tempting to think that we can fix all our problems just by putting somebody smart, strong-willed and good-hearted in the White House.

For example, we blame or credit presidents for the state of the economy, even though they’re largely at the mercy of macroeconomics.

Our Founding Fathers wisely created a system of checks and balances so that no individual could steer the ship of government. Collaboration and compromise are necessary in our Constitution.

But sustaining that kind of government requires an active participation in all levels of politics — Congress, governors and state legislatures, not just the presidency — and an acknowledgment that we’re not always going to get everything we want. I worry a politics of celebrity proves Americans are decreasingly capable of either.

Second, I worry a love for TV-show candidates would further emphasize the politics of campaigning over the politics of governing.

The politics of campaigning requires basically the same skills as entertainers like Oprah and The Rock — charisma, an eye for drama, speaking and acting the way people want you to. The politics of governing requires procedural strategy, interpersonal persuasion, patience and a strong intellectual grasp on policy.

When you elect people who excel in the former but struggle in the latter, you get someone who is great at getting elected but ineffectual at governing. Sound familiar?

Finally, a desire for celebrity politicians suggests that we’ve come to see politics as inherently bad, that those who practice it are fundamentally corrupt. That’s not how we used to see things. As Joe Biden often says, “There was a time when politics was an honorable profession.”

Yes, it’s easy to be disenchanted by the screw-ups and the selfishness we see too often in politics. Whether it’s Congress passing wildly unpopular bills with little debate or New Castle County Council voting to urge its own president to quit amidst allegations of abusive behavior toward employees, there is a lot of ugly stuff happening in politics.

But if we define politics by that ugliness, then who’s going to run for office and fix it?

Even if we did somehow manage to pick an enlightened outsider president, who would clean up Congress, or the legislature, or the county council?

The appeal of celebrity candidates is that somebody we love is going to go in and fix our country for us. But the reality is we’ve got to fix it ourselves; office by office, vote by vote.

Nobody’s riding in on a white horse to save us. We have to save ourselves.