Principles, Integrity, Character: these were used as a cornerstone in the building of America and helped us become the greatest nation on earth. Now they are used as a punchline in our media agenda driven society.
A good (or poor) example of this, depending on your point of view:
Michigan felt the need to pass a law keeping teachers from having sex with their students. If this wasn’t true I would be laughing, thinking it a joke and waiting for the punch line.
See the story here