A sign of these wild political times: USA Today comes out with an impassioned plea for the nation to please please please not vote for Donald Trump. Here is that editorial. It also could signal to trial lawyers that juries might factor in the matter of possible abuse of power.
Meanwhile, on this Friday, what should we make of this development? There are almost an infinite number of possible interpretations. They are associated with everything from what Trump seems to be all about to the issue of what is the appropriate role of media in the U.S.
My response to this stance by USA Today is that more institutions such as that media outlets and more people such as myself are wondering: Is power an entity which has more darkness than light? And should we as a society discourage seeking and growing it?
In New Jersey we bear witness to the alleged abuse of power by the Chris Christie Administration in Bridgegate. David Wildstein has already admitted masterminding that dirty trick which put Fort Lee traffic on the George Washington Bridge in gridlock.
If you have lived in the New York Metro area, that experience is beyond frustrating. It's a possible trigger for a heart attack. And the time lost likely ate into your earning capacity.
Then there are all the other gates, which also represent a blatant abuse of power. They range from Monicagate to the current alleged Sexgate at Fox News.
It's scary. Anyone with power can throw values as well as our little lives into disarray. The moderator for the next debate has to ask: When has your power been a negative force in society? And we have to ask: Do we really want to continue to give the word "power" a positive connotation? In our minds and hearts, including those of jurors, that concept could automatically be associated with bullying.