The reality for most people is morality is what we hold others to, but when it comes to ourselves we find rationalizations for exceptions. Guilt is felt for others while we bath in the light of a higher standard.
The politics of today are shockingly removed from questions of morals, ethics or probity. What was an outrage in the past can be overlooked, excused and forgiven.
The old premise that Americans forgive past transgressions and that the sinner is permitted a fresh start truly applies only to allies and those who have power over us.
Congressman Lindsey Graham, who prosecuted Bill Clinton in the House to win the votes needed for impeachment, is not the same person as Senator Graham.
The Republican Party's devotion to higher standards of moral conduct has disappeared under the sway of Trump’s ironclad grip of the Republican base.
Republicans are no longer enraged by Russian aggression, fear of nukes from North Korea, and accept that America’s allies are simply money grubbers, while hate-filled groups are equal to those who oppose their rhetoric.
Republicans now any claim to the American legacy of exceptionalism.