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America: A Country For Rude People

High-profile incidents of rudeness have dominated the news cycle over the last week. The president of the United States can't give a speech without being heckled, Serena Williams lost her cool during the US Open, and yes, Kanye West acted like a "jackass" by interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech.

In today's New York Times, columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins weigh in on the decline of American manners. Specifically, conservative Brooks suggests that Kanye's outburst is a turning point for America's future, equivalent even to the Battle of Gettysburg (seriously, David Brooks?) and a sign that American society is in decline.

Putting aside the possible implications, do you think Americans are getting ruder?

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careysgirl1169 careysgirl1169 6 years
Hmmm.....I'm wondering if I can exile my students when they sass me...just kidding! Really, though, when did people start being so rude? Is it a combination of less parents teaching manners along with the fact that many people are narcissistic? Most of us "older folks" did learn manners, but I'm not even sure the percentage of parents who still teach this. There are some great parents out there too, though.
Jake2010 Jake2010 6 years
Rude people should be exiled to an island with no electricity and no restroom facilities until they can control their behavior and speak with respect.... just my take on it...
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Over the last year, I've moved from California to Texas, from Texas to Florida, and from Florida back to California. I found the people in Texas and Florida to be really nice in general. I drove each time and at every stop, people were nice. I think Americans tend to be inconsiderate, but I don't think it's fair to say that all across the board, Americans are rude. I can see rudeness is general go up, but I wouldn't classify all Americans (or even most) that way. I think rudeness happens in all countries, it's more of a human trait than anything.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
What the hell are you talking about, Roger? None of what you said is true. Of course there are going to be idiots from every country who feel superior, but a majority of people are not that way. To generalize Americans as a whole makes you look worse than the people you're talking about.
blondeyy blondeyy 7 years
America's rudeness, I noticed during my lifetime, seemed to have heightened while everyday communication heightened on line. People felt more comfortable sitting behind their computer, anonymously, and letting their foul mouths run knowing full well they could 'get away with it' as who can 'call out' on a person who doesn't have a face.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I've been working food jobs for the last 7 1/2 years and over the last 2 years or so, the rudeness has gotten worse. People are CONSTANTLY ignoring me because they are on their cell phones, they smoke near the drive thru window (I have asthma), they yell at us for THEM ordering wrong and even when it is our fault, there is no reason to yell, they hold up the line passing out the food rather than pulling out so the person behind them doesn't get cold food, they wait to pull out their money and wallet and make me stand there for a full 30 seconds to a minute while they dig for change, etc. People are RUDE.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
^^Thanks, Anonymous. You've added to my point about our country and its foundation based on rude behavior. Oh, Mamacita, clearly you are upset because I didn't espouse the rhetoric often taught in those courses that you've listed. So, you don't think it's rude and so forth to kill and destroy those that were originally here upon the country's "founding"? Also, you don't think it's "rude" to tell fellow Americans where to live, work, and provide for themselves as a means of segregation? Yeah, so you've discovered my modus operandi. I like engaging conversation. So sue me!
gigilgirl gigilgirl 7 years
YES. It might just be the times.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Anonymous #25 Dont get me started on how "foreigners" dont know squat about america when they come here to visit or to live.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
imLissy, THANK YOU, I completely agree. its all about what you choose to focus on -- the handful of idiots, or the majority of well-raised, polite, good people
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