Everyone understands the usual intoxicants, such as alcohol and drugs. We even recognize all manner of other kinds of "addictions", such as to sex, the internet and so forth. For many of these there have arisen Twelve Step groups, whose purpose is to aide the individual in overcoming the addiction, and the unwanted behaviors. Here as well it is clearly recognized that the addictive personality's behaviors not only injure themselves, but many others.
What about the addiction to power?
Modern political life in America is now ripe with an abundance of examples of the intoxication that results from the addiction to power. From the highest levels, including the Presidency, down to the lowest, such as the Attorney General of Ohio, the intoxication resulting from the addiction to power is altering the judgment of our public servants. Like all addicts, they think their behavior is rational and moral, and will violently deny any suggestion otherwise. But the sad, nay the tragic, truth is that the intoxication of power corrupts judgment and morality to the worst degree possible, with horrible consequences for all those subject to the abuse of such power that results.
Is there an up side?
History teaches that ordinary People only rise to face reality when the pain has become extreme. History also teaches that social extremes bring about their own destruction. The intoxication of the addiction to power leads in only one direction.: Tragic waking up for the People, and the demise and fall of the perpetrators. I don't know if this is an up side, but it is the way the world works.