There is a reason we are a democratic republic.
The founding fathers understood that one man, one vote is self destructive.

All one has to be is popular, or threaten or bribe enough people and you’re in.

Look at Rhodesia and South Africa for the effects of one man, one vote.
Heck if memory serves, Hitler was elected by popular vote.

Embodies what America lost in leadership.
I think Vince Foster would disagree.
Same with the Putin detractor who suddenly and miraculously had an accident just days ago. Thats three recently if I am recalling correctly.

Old Vlady may be a strong leader, that doesn’t make him moral, ethical, just or even right. But I would agree with thug.
He reminds me of the Chicago politicians. With less redeeming attributes.