Donald Trump is Brock Turner writ large: Power and abuse
An unfortunate pattern can be seen in how having the power to act with impunity leads to the abuse of that power, using it in ways that are immoral, unethical, and/or illegal, with the expectation that there will be no accountability for the action. (Lord Acton’s dictum: Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.) Some examples of this pattern in recent reports:
- Law enforcement actions against hostages in Atticus uprising and against John F. Edland, reported here.
- US government in its drone warfare program in terms of killing civilians and bystanders.
- Wells Fargo scam of secretly opening multiple accounts for customers, which continued for years despite internal complaints and whistle-blowing. See also this report in the NY Times.
Each of the above exemplifies the idea that might makes right; additional examples are easy to find when you look at the actions of the powerful.