OPINION by Tom Toles - WaPo

A fish rots from the head... and that leaves the rest of us fin-ished.

If the edifice of a democracy is a slow, hard-won accumulation of laws and norms, let us bow our heads in sorrow to the daily eradication of norms.

Which norms? Honesty. Transparency. Humility. Dignity. Restraint. Cooperation. And did I mention honesty?

Will we actually recover from the Era of Trump, or will we witness the slow slide into banana republic status, as we are treated to an endless parade of corrupt demagogues, entitled celebrities, strongmen and vacant placeholders who pretend to govern while acting as further rubber stamps for an entrenched elite who will function as vultures stripping the carcass?

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