To understand a political scandal fully, one must take into account all of the interests of those involved. The problem is that these interests are rarely revealed—which is precisely why it is so tempting for partisans, particularly if they are at a political disadvantage, to resort to scandal to attack their opponents.
Filmmaker Frank Capra understood America in terms of the moral principles that can be shared by all who understand them and are willing to live up to them.
As seen in the recent government shutdown and the showdown over the debt limit, the federal budget stands at the heart of American politics.
As the Founders and Reagan understood, limited government remains the most reasonable and just form of human government.