From Glenn W. Smith’s The Politics of Deceit:
Following Thomas Paine’s advice, we should wake up and understand that our long habit of not thinking our political practices wrong does not make them right. . . Their very structure lends advantage to those who would mislead rather than lead, to those who believe their own power is more important than the health of democracy. . . The dissolution of social mechanisms for working out our differences and celebrating our similarities and common purposes has contributed to the deterioration of the public sphere and made possible the ascendancy of the politics of deceit.