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Palpatine did nothing wrong.

He objectively didn’t.

  • As the de facto leader of both sides of the war, is purposely referenced in the opening title crawl of ROTS with “there are heroes on both sides”.
  • Assumes power democratically. Democratically elected as a senator, democratically elected as chancellor, democratically given emergency powers - has a democratic mandate to do literally everything that he did.
  • Turns a dying, corrupt, immoral, and divided Republic into a powerful Galactic Empire with a hierarchy that ceased to be built upon an impotent bureaucracy, as he openly promised that he’d do back in TPM.
  • Justifiably purges the child-brainwashing, cult-like, militant religious fanatics from the inner circle of the galactic government, having showed immense leniency up until they drew first blood in a (failed) coup-turned assassination attempt - against a democratically elected leader no less - in their vain effort to secure their jealous stranglehold on the politics of the Republic, and to secure their unjustified denominational hegemony on ‘the force’ as a whole. As if only they owned it, despite its universality.
  • Seriously, it’s clearly shown that the Jedi are illegally spying on him and that even though Palpatine’s aware of it, he chooses not to act on it.
  • It’s never even given an explanation, let alone a justification, as to why the Jedi are so powerful or what legal basis they have for trying to “arrest”/murder a sitting supreme chancellor over religious differences.
  • Coordinates and then destroys the powerful banking clans and corrupt trade federations that had preyed on entire planets, like his own homeworld of Naboo, with next to no resistance from the Republic that came before him. Like he openly promised he’d do back in TPM.
  • Transforms Coruscant from a war-torn planet with visible crime and drug epidemics (”death sticks”) into the secure heart of the Imperial galaxy.
  • Despite orchestrating a huge galaxy-wide war, he ensures that the only casualties are clones, droids, and warriors of the aforementioned cult.
  • Restores order to the galaxy/Makes The Galaxy Great Again.
  • Promotes an explicitly non-dogmatic view of the force, instead of the psychologically oppressive and aggressively closed-minded view of the Jedi. He acts as a confidante to Anakin while the Jedi only abuse him.
  • Promotes the ideas of love and family (supporting Anakin and Padme’s right to be together, to have children) over the Jedi doctrines of total chastity and emotional repression. Cults do this shit, nice religions don’t.
  • Raises and acts as a father figure to Anakin for many years, who is a deeply troubled young Jedi knight who was purchased into the order from child slavery, only for Anakin to be ambushed, horrifically burned, and forever maimed at the hands of an outlaw Jedi master for the “crime” of being an apostate to the Jedi Order. As if he’s their property.
  • Following on from this, the Jedi only bought Anakin because they saw his potential as a prophetic weapon against their enemies. They didn’t even bother to come back for his mother, who was then raped to death.
  • Eventually assassinated in a plot by fugitive Jedi masters (who actually lied to Anakin’s son about his father in order to make him usable for their mission), and the galaxy is once again plunged right back into the darkness and the unforgiving chaos that he’d spent his life and rule keeping at bay, vindicating literally every single action that Palpatine did.

Also, even his quotes are great in comparison to those of the Jedi:

“Evil” Sith lord dialogue/Palpatine speaking to Anakin about the Jedi: Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must have a larger view of the Force.
Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. They fear you. In time, they will destroy you.
Let me show you the true nature of the Force.

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“Good” Jedi master dialogue/The Jedi speaking to Anakin about Palpatine:He’s too dangerous to be kept alive!

Palpatine is objectively the good guy and the literal protagonist in the sense that he’s morally justified and that he’s the character who moves the plot along.
That’s what being a protagonist means. It’s not about lightsaber colour, is it?

Imagine if you heard about some cult that was buying child slaves, teaching children how to use AK-47′s (making them child soldiers), indoctrinating them to give up the natural concepts of love, emotion, passion, and family, and then after all of that you heard the cult had spied on and even tried to murder the President of the United States because they didn’t agree with his religion.
Because that’s basically the plot of ROTS. That’s essentially what happened.

B-b-but Palpatine’s lightsaber was red! He was a Sith! That means he’s evil!

Yeah, only because the Jedi said so, and his lightning was blue too, meaning:

Not an argument.