From the article:
Unfortunately, as has become all too evident, the personal ethics Americans once shared are no longer as uniform as they once were – and you cannot empower some lawbreakers without empowering all lawbreakers. That doesn't stop at those who smash windows, litter, and scrawl swastikas on church walls. It goes beyond them to highly placed political figures who use their offices to cheat, steal, oppress, protect other lawbreakers, and generally run roughshod over every defensible notion of justice. This does not bode well for the rule of law, nor for any form of government reminiscent of American Constitutionalism.
So, what of the chicken and the egg? What came first? "Which is the cart and which is the horse? Did the corruption of law bring about the decline in personal ethics, or was it the other way around? It's extraordinarily difficult to tell."