Actually, I should add to the first thing:
However, even with high explosives an elected official still has to worry about his job if there's any widely circulated media that might actually sway enough voters against him. But if ALL socially acceptable sources of information support him, he can go as far as to have his own election rigged and no one will be allowed to complain because if they're complaining they got information from an unacceptable source. It's taken a VERY long time to arrive at this point due to all the social engineering that takes but we've made it here now.
It's only AFTER that that the explosives really become especially relevant (there's no other recourse) but even before that some people who can think a few steps ahead will realize how powerless they are and will keep silent or be less loud, so as to not encourage a situation where the explosives become relevant and they will surely perish due to the obvious difference in practical power.