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Questions worth asking

“I’d like to see a poll on this. Yes or no: Have we become a more vulgar country? Are we coarser than, say, 50 years ago? Do we talk more about sensitivity and treat others less sensitively? Do you think standards of public behavior are rising or falling? Is there something called the American Character, and do you think it has, the past half-century, improved or degenerated? If the latter, what are the implications of this? Do you sense, as you look around you, that each year we have less or more of the glue that holds a great nation together? Is there less courtesy in America now than when you were a child, or more? Bonus question: Is ‘Excuse me’ a request or a command?”

Peggy Noonan, asking some very good questions.
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posted December 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Along the same lines, readers should know that David Klinghoffer, the host of BELIEFNET’s “Kingdom of Priests” Jewish blog, is the ideological godfather of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.
This bill lays down in legislation the harsh Biblical punishments which Klinghoffer has enthusiastically endorsed on various threads in his BELIEFNET blog.
The bill, according to Evangelical columnist Michael Gerson, “would impose new and harsher penalties on homosexuality, including life imprisonment and capital punishment. It also would force pastors and others to report homosexuals to the authorities. Ugandan Christian leaders are key supporters of the bill.”

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posted December 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

This coming from Peggy “Bulls*t about narratives” Noonan. Nice.

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posted December 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Not sure about you city slickers, but out here in rural and small town America the glue of American character still binds.

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posted December 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Didn’t Archbishop Chaput weigh in on this recently? Liberals were more coarse in language, but conservatives were more mean-spirited.
I’m a skeptic when it comes to generational exceptionalism. Don’t believe in the “Greatest Generation.” Always a doubter when people say things have gotten better or worse overall. Human beings improve in some areas, maybe, and fall back in others, perhaps.

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posted December 19, 2009 at 10:54 am

Yes, we are a more coarse nation but that doesn’t bother me. Besides Peggy Noonan is the worse kind of snob.

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