How can a nation long survive if it has no respect for truth and personal dignity? It can't. The dark, slimy tendency to glorify those who distort truth for political gain can have only one transcendent effect: to diminish each of us, as individuals and as a community.
To the extent that we excuse the political skullduggery of the Clintons in the belief that political deception is essential to victory, we fracture our national foundations, corrupt our political dynamics, and diminish the promise of our future.
The Clintons have resorted to a low brand of politics, one made famous by the likes of Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, and Harry Dent. This political behavior glorifies neither them nor the American people. It needs to be repudiated if we are to protect what is sacred in our traditions.
Should the Clintons be allowed to win the Democratic primary using the politics of fear and deception, historians will write less about the political skills of the Clintons than they will about the diminished character of the American people. They will say that we didn't care what kind of country we we were becoming. They will say "we the people" chose to imitate the rowdy masses that cheered the lions and Roman gladiators at the Circus Maximus.
It was not long ago the American people had to confront a similar choice. In 2004, they had to decide whether to repudiate dishonesty or affirm integrity. They succumbed to fear and chose deception and dishonor. But by so doing, they shamed themselves before the entire world.
Fear and freedom cannot stand side by side. They are contradictory opposites. The ascendency of one diminishes the other. The politics of fear always lessens freedom.
We face a similar choice today. It's not too late to regain our senses.