The above quote in any given context should be viewed with skepticism. Fact of the matter is people are slow to change, people dislike change and rally against change.
Ambiguity is public enemy number one. When someone says one thing, and does another, there is a dishonesty that needs to be noted. Yet, holding someone accountable for words and actions has a disconnect. Just as responsibilities for ones own words and actions is often redirected.
Honesty is more common in personal relationships then the national stage. Honor and loyalty has an air of naivete and quaintness.
Virtues that have been taught out of our society?
My Father-in-law prided himself on business deals made on a handshake. His reputation in his field was built on his high standards.
My own Father never considered his work ethic as a virtue, it was what it was, the way he was.
Both were satisfied with jobs done right, it was something that reflected upon them and earned them respect. People you could trust without reservation.
I consider myself lucky in the people whom I have that level of trust. I wonder if that number is smaller then my grandfathers and if my kids will have a smaller circle as well.