The very first step towards understanding ANYTHING is knowing that a THING is a THING.
Whether it’s the colors of the rainbow, or knowing if your leaders are corrupt, you first have to have a way to think about those things: colors, corruption, whatever.
These are definitions. If my own little brain can’t define colors very well, then I’m never going to have a decent conversation about rainbows; even WITH MYSELF.
If I want to talk about rainbows with you, then I need to share my definition of colors with you as well. If you agree, then we can have a nice conversation about rainbows.
The same goes for tyrants. What is a tyrant? Some people are already calling tRump a tyrant. Many of his supporters totally disagree. Who is right?
Let’s take a stab at a simple definition. Let’s pretend that one way you can identify a tyrant is if they use their position as a public speaker to incite a mob towards violence.
Now, violence in general could include rugby or smashing beer bottles. But what if the violence is targeted towards certain people? Like people who wear yellow stars? Or people who talk funny? Or people with skin that looks like coffee or chocolate?
Here’s my definition. A tyrant is someone who uses their public position to incite mob violence towards opposition or a group that is different from themselves.
We have video, much written experience, and even a lawsuit about President drumpf using exactly these tactics during his speeches. I wish it was only during his campaign that he does this, but it turns out that he continues to use the highest office in the (previously) “land of the free” to do the same thing.
Now, many of his supporters will be quick to point out that this is fake news and have alternative facts. However, Pres 45 did exactly these things even in his last press conference. More like a press battle, but if you look carefully, you can see that he is at battle with a free and independent press, and pushing his supporters to punish them appropriately.
Disagree? Fair enough.
So, what’s your definition?