Ideals are concepts of perfection.  They are not obtainable.  We are a flawed people, an imperfect people, and as such ideals are unobtainable.  They are not something that we should beat ourselves or others with, but they remain something we should cling to, for in our ideals, we become better people than we would otherwise be.  Hold fast to what is good, even as it seems that those around you are surrendering those same concepts.  They are the pillars of faith, of family, of civilization, and of our Republic.  Aim for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll end up in the stars!