Newsflash: Americans go back to being rude to one another.
Jack Thomas at the Boston Globe notes that post-911 America has returned to the norm: rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. I have only two comments:
1) I'm not sure we're ruder than ever, but I do think we lack enforceable standards of public behavior.
2) Mr. Thomas blames the Baby Boomers. I tend to agree, but I also tend to treat the Boomers like France, generationally speaking, so my personal opinion is suspect.
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