I like Jonathon Schwarz a lot. Here he is talking about Hillary’s 2002 speech condemning Saddam Hussein (delivered in the run-up to her Sure, George, Go To War vote in the Senate), but talking in a larger sense about politicians’ lying and the social underpinnings of it: The Monster(s) Speak(s).
In any case, the older I get, the less I blame people like Clinton for lying. Politicians will always lie as much as their society allows. The problem here isn’t Clinton, but the layers of America underneath her. In particular I blame the upper middle professional class from whose loins I sprang. Their entire societal power derives from them – ie, doctors, scientists, managers – purportedly caring about reality. But it turns out they don’t, as long as they themselves don’t suffer.