What would you say if I said The downfall of western civilization was when men stopped wearing a sword on their hip? Before you say Swords were replaced with the gun, let me remind you; a sword was a gentlemans right to wear, not a right to bear. The wearing of a sword meant that a gentleman was not just a separate individual, subject to a set of rules, but subscribed to the thought that honor was worth your life, and the grave responsibilities to it. To offend someone could cost you, quite dearly! The possibility of a duel was enough to keep most people civil, with a tongue to match. If for your behavior you received the offer of a duel, and didnt show up for the event, you would be shunned and no one in the town would so much as sell you bread. The sword was more like a truth in advertising an outward testament to honor and principle. Respect not slander, or at least silence, rather than a blatant lie. What would be the modern world look like if we still had such Gentlemen? My guess is Washington would have a very low population, as would the rest of these United States. If only we could staple something on the politicians foreheads to change color, helping to identify that nasty lying habit. I fear most of our voting nation is beyond education for spotting lies, and a fair amount, not only ignore the lies, they comfortably just straight ticket the issues.