This week, we've been treated to some truth and consequences. It hasn't been pretty.
Former NFL great Michael Vick was sentenced to prison on dogfighting charges. He apologized.
Former business titan Conrad Black was sentenced to prison on fraud and corruption charges. No apology forthcoming.
Senator Hillary Clinton's Team tried to smear Senator Barack Obama with ancient allegations of drug use. She apologized.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee tried to smear former Governor Mitt Romney by suggesting his Mormon faith is linked to Satan. He apologized.
Former Senator George Mitchell released an exhaustive study alleging extensive use of steroids by some of Major League Baseball's biggest stars. No apologies yet forthcoming.
There seems to be something going on in the culture, some sea change in our tolerance of bad behavior. What people were able to get away with before: juicing before a game, throwing mud on a political rival, stealing millions from the company accounts---isn't washing anymore. The same old tactics and the same old excuses are no longer viable. All of these characters--including Hillary--look stunned that they are now having to answer for what was standard operating procedure in the past.
Lying and cheating are out. Accountability and inclusion are in.
Presidential candidates: take note.