Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Silencing Critics By Becoming Unspeakably Terrible

There's a lot to hate about this election, but one thing that especially bothers me is the way that depravity has become a defense against criticism.

In a nation of laws, criminals go to jail. But in a legitimate democracy, election winners don't imprison their opponents. Normally we think of elected officials thinking they are above the law, but now we have candidates thinking they are above the law because it would cheapen our democracy if they were prosecuted for their crimes. The lesson learned is: go all in, so when your critics accurately describe your behavior, they sound like conspiracy theorists.

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