This is what the 20th century taught us. That little lies can turn anyone into a monster. To say you wouldn't be like them is to say youhaveperfect morality and that you have never lied and will never lie in the future.
The probability that our American culture telephone game will continue at this rate is hard to imagine. The only way it can continue is if someone rewrites American culture, researches what made this country great, and communicate this loudly and to everyone possible.