A federal statute provided that any alien who had more than once been sentenced to more than a year of imprisonment because of conviction of "a crime involving moral turpitude" would be deported from the United States. In colonial times, the so-called "best people" were wont to defraud King George of his legitimate revenues long before political grievances came along to cloak their dishonesty with the excuse that they were only doing their patriotic duty; and so it has been generation by generation ever since. The dilemma is particularly difficult to Americans, for having long since surrendered our manners to conformism, we now bid fair to do the same with our morals. Americans have customarily avoided discomfort from tax scandals by simply denying the facts; in the very face of the objective realities, they still reiterate that tax cheating is not a general American phenomenon.