Last night was the second of three presidential debates. If you didn't watch it, good, if you did, even better.
Look, I know a lot of people are exhausted by this whole situation, and most people already have their minds made. I know I do. But, to me, watching the debates is part of being a well educated and informed citizen. One that not only has an opinion, but knows why I have an opinion.
Last night I watched a man in my country, a man who says he wants to "make America great again," threaten to jail his political opponent. This is something that has never been done in the United States. Whether you believe Hillary Clinton is innocent or not, this threat by Donald Trump is a much larger issue than rhetoric. Why? Because Hillary Clinton has already sat trial, has already turned over 35,000 emails, has already been found innocent in the eyes of our law, a law that states each and every person is innocent until proven guilty, and she was not proven guilty. What Trump claims is that the FBI and the Department of Justice is corrupt and he alone sees that truth. That, somehow, both of these departments are wrong about Clinton.
So, the idea that Trump alone sees the truth, sees the guilty, while the system has proven innocent the men he demonized, is not new.
This sets a dangerous precedent. It means, if Trump were elected, if he supposed someone was guilty, which he is want to do, he would go to any length to see them convicted, regardless of evidence that contradicts his belief of guilt. In the end he is so caught up in his own beliefs, he cannot suppose the system works the way it does to maintain freedom. That system isn't perfect, but it's a lot more perfect than one that lets the man in the high castle decide who is guilty and who is not. A presumption of innocence, though not always given, is the one we must aspire to, and when the system finds no evidence of wrongdoing or grounds to prosecute further, even the president must respect that. Why? Because that's what sets a president apart from a dictator, and makes the United States, truly great.