I disagree. While I don't mean to suggest he is on the verge of being as crazy as the Dear Loon, I would suggest that the distance is very much shorter than you might think. And especially once he gets actual power and not just pretend power like on a TV show. Or people who pretend to bow and scrape simply because of money.
Let me kindly offer you a suggestion which might improve your life and make you a happier person.
You might be much happier if you were the Dear Leader of North Korea. Did you know that you can use any penalty you want if someone merely looks at you the wrong way? You don't need an actual reason. And you can make up new laws on the fly. In fact, you don't really even need laws. And everyone will just adore you.
And we're not laughing at you. I swear. No, really.
Yes, in this case, Stingray is used to catch fast food thieves. But this is a national emergency. And people need to realize that they will have to give up some liberty in order to (not actually) have safety.
You can be sure that when the FBI says that if they could force Apple to create a back door into the iPhone, then it would ONLY be used for cases as serious as terrorists with iPhones. (and jaywalkers using iPhones)
The guy in Tiananmen square who got ran over by the tank did not escape their vengeance, but I would say that he did win. His death made a statement that was worldwide and history making.
To a lesser extent Edward Snowden didn't fully escape their vengeance with impunity. He gave up his girlfriend, his life, his career. But he did win. He had a profound effect. He will probably go down in history in a very positive light.
Princess Leia's home planet may not have survived, but it probably galvanized the rebellion in a way nothing else could.
Luke lost his family. That galvanized him to join the rebellion when earlier he had been talking like "...it's not that I like the empire, I hate it, but..." and would probably have become a storm trooper.
When Sherridan declared Babylon 5's independence from Earth, that didn't make him very popular with the government back on Earth.
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