No. We are too tolerant. We encounter the latest insult to decency and the ideals of democracy and wave it off with “Well, that’s how he is.”
But. . . is that how we are?
If we do not criticize and challenge, that’s the way we will be.
Do not, however, take overt action — or complain vigorously without vast mounds of evidence — unless you have comfortable dacha in, say, Tula Oblast. And wishing for or even thinking about some debilitating circumstance affecting supreme leader could make things still worse. I recall that about fifteen years ago, when we were killing and being killed in Iraq, every evening I said a small and sincer prayer for G W Bush. Had anything happened to him, we would have had Dick Cheney in the White House.
Take a close look at Veep sometime, say, when he’s applauding a Presidetial bon mot. I am reminded of the old folk wisdom, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.” As you watch Pense in his beatific moments — he seems to have many — you might believe the original was “Better the devil you know than the angel you don’t know.”
Which was, in my recollection, the original.