People are, on the whole, decent. Decency, by its nature, causes one human being to help another without urging, to offer comfort and succor without question, to politely and tacitly agree to the proscription of politics and religion as dinner conversation, to be among his own kind without taking a swing. In short, we indulge people their convictions because we are all fundamentally decent. We disagree, but we know it is inevitable and something can be borne without rancor. It is the nature of advocacy, and a right.
The foregoing, being true, is the primary bane in a politician's effort to scrabble for votes, and an obstacle over which the elect must step day in and day out – human decency is the excrement on the sidewalk of a politician's life. Overcoming decency, and scooping up large bushelfuls of votes, can be achieved only through polarizing, demonizing, and building unthinking enmity between groups of people; to manipulate crowds through the husbandry of hatred. In this approach to vote-grubbing, people are no longer capable of meaning well, but, instead, vile conservatives and degraded liberals, the Dems and Pubs, kitten poisoners and family destroyers, white hats and black hates (except, somehow, everybody is wearing a black hat). The greatest indecency exists in the slaughter of decency – decency as a belief, as an assumption, as a part of the physiognomy of humanity. In American politics, it is mostly penny-ante, a means to electoral victory. However, when any politician attempts to spoon-feed a crowd a fearful loathing of a segment of society, bypassing thought, generosity, law, and the knowledge that most people, on the whole, are decent, they are treading the low road to power, one paved to famously efficient effect by such as Hitler.
The only thing that stands between us and this lowest of roads is our sense that decency provides the maintenance of a free country.http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2013/12/01