Reading some of Spiro Agnew's vice-presidential speeches (yes it's sad, this is the sort of thing I do for relaxation), collected in John Coyne's The Impudent Snobs: Agnew vs. the Intellectual Establishment. Here's a blockbuster line from one of his earliest, delivered on February 15, 1969, at the Bowling Green University Lincoln Day Banquet:
A lack of discipline in the home ultimately results in an undisciplined citizenry.
This aphorism came precisely 1,424 days before Mr. Agnew resigned his Veepdom under Nixon's law-and-order administration and pleaded no contest to having evaded taxes on "unreported income"--about $100,000 in bribes he had previously collected as Maryland's disciplined governor.
I miss that sort of executive pecksniffery. It has a certain flair that Joe Biden's mere competence and honesty lack.