“As I said, the S.S. is just a tool. Men are always for hire who like the dirty work. How dirty will that work become if you nudge Douglas out of his majority?”
“Jubal, are you saying that I ought not to criticize the administration?”
“Noe. Gadflies are necessary. But it's well to look at the new rascals before you turn your present rascals out. Democracy is a poor system; the only thing that can be said for it is that it's eight times as good as any other method. Its worst fault is that its leaders reflect their constituents – a low level, but what can you expect? So look at Douglas and ponder that, in his ignorance, stupidity, and self-seeking, he resembles his fellow Americans but is a notch or two above average. Then look at the man who will replace him if his government topples.”
“There's little difference.”
“There's always a difference! This is between “bad” and “worse” - which is much sharper than between “good” and “better”.
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
Yes. Much sharper. Between you and me, one of us is going to find that out soon enough.