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Too often in society people rally behind their favorites and fail to acknowledge the importance of consequences. No matter where you fall on a political spectrum, we must acknowledge that no party is immune from bad actors or good people who have lapses in good judgment. There is nothing wrong with redemption, but order requires consequences. On the other hand, too often our society normalizes glee at others' downfall. I suggest this creates a toxic political climate. Writers can use these themes as a fascinating exploration of human nature. But hopefully, our society will scrutinize and discern more productive ways of responding to our leaders' misdeeds. This becomes easier if citizens view themselves less as fans of a political team and more as quality control managers for the team. Realism in writing requires us to acknowledge my suggestion is aspirational in nature, so real-world behavior provides a lot of space in fiction for political intrigue.

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