The other day I was talking with a friend from college and the conversation turned to politics. After she told me who she’d be voting for, I asked if the lying about various things didn’t bother her. Her response: They all lie. And I got to thinking, yes, they all do lie and the problem is that we’ve come to accept lying as part of standard political discourse, with explanations so inane that we wouldn’t accept them from a student. But, because all politicians lie, we’ve come to discount the lies as unimportant, as standard practice, as something all politicians do. Something is wrong here.