What the Hell has happened to America?

Without being so crude, that is the same question asked by Peggy Noonan in her Wall Street Journal article America’s Crisis of Character.

… I’ve long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it’s also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.

Now I’d go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.

I found her article very disturbing. I have no intention of parsing this article. There is nothing I could add to it. I am asking you, dear readers, to read it and tell me here your reactions. I think the issue of our character as a people is something worthy of our discussion. For years, in the name of “social justice”, we have been lowering our standards. The Romans invited the barbarians through their gates. We ar breeding our own barbarians.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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34 thoughts on “What the Hell has happened to America?

  1. Noonan is right on target. This is the problem with our society – we are raising thugs, bullies and lazy people. And those are the same kinds of leaders they have to emulate. From Obama down, they are all thugs and bullies. I don’t know how to change that either. I think it’s too late, frankly.

    On another topic: Do you have my email address? I have something I’d like to discuss with you and I don’t have yours. Can you and I chat?

  2. We’ve become a very unserious people. Nobody get fired. Thousands died on 9/11 and Bush didn’t fire a single person.

    We are all perpetual adolescents now. And I say this as a guy who loves clowning around, drinking and cutting loose… On my own time, not my employer’s. A serious president backed by a serious congress would use this to take a machete to government bureaucracy, but we lack those as well.

    I hate to sound like a liberal, but “endless war” is also a contributing factor. Every jackass in town has to run around in camo and cops are now decked out like special operators.

    We have become so government-centric this past decade, daddy government is in charge, stay out of the way kids!

    That also contributes to it.

    I think another Great Reawakening is due. That will be all that will save us.

    Thanks Jim. You’ve given me an idea for a blog post next week.

  3. Isn’t it the difference between an entitlement mentality, where if you’re not taken care of and having a good time, someone is to blame and they should be made to give you your “due”, and a freedom and responsibility society, where you can do what you want, but you are going to have to succeed or pay the price for your decisions?

    I’m always interested in the fact that liberals seem to love their self-image of being more compassionate, but when the rubber meets the road, they are less charitable (with their own money, as many studies point out), more likely to be mean (just watch them on TV demonizing others), and seem much more likely to be putting a hand out than giving anyone a hand up. What do you want to bet that the group of people watching someone get beat up and filming it for YouTube would vote Democrat in an election, holding the notion that Democrats take care of people?

    1. The Fabians set out a hundred years ago to destroy our culture. They were joined a few decades later by the Franfurt School folks. They din’t have much luck until the sixties, IMO. But since then they have had icredible success and I don’t think they could have done it without the complicity of the media.

  4. Peggy Noonan has cogently written an essay that voices a lot of what I’ve been thinking lately.

    Not a day goes by that I don’t say, “What the hell is wrong with people?”

    I blame the teaching of the past two decades (at least), whereby accountability for one’s own actions and words has been cast aside. Excuses, excuses, always excuses — then a lip-sevice apology. In other words, no real repentance with the controlling motivation being “getting over.”

  5. Agree with all that has been said. I would add that many businesses themselves have become hardened and cold. There was a time when you worked for a company your whole life. It was the fabric of your existence- from friends, to your identity being co-signed with your employer We are frequently nomads who pass through towns, job to job after maybe only a few years,rootless, and just interested in earning a buck. This is from someone who is having their last week at a company that I have spent over 20 years with. I was essentially told, dont let the door hit you in the ass. That you Mr. Obama for the ending of my career.

    1. I am so very sorry to hear this.

      As I was driving to the bank this morning I saw a pickup parked at the bowling alley, Big sign on the front read, “will do house painting or any other handiwork.” I really wanted to take a picture of it but knew that I would embarrass the guy inside. Then i was listening to Imus on Hannity (on the radio) and he talked about his cancer ranch for kids, He’s seeing donations drop from an average of $100 to $10 and $20 and people saying they’re sorry they can’t do more.

      This is the nation that Obama has reduced us to. Please know that I’m praying for you.

      1. Thanks for the kind words and prayers. I am lucky that I am “of a certain age” more than the hundreds of others that are going. It was the bean counters that came in, who know none of us, and will get a bonus for each head that rolls. That is what I object to. These thiry something’s whatever they are called now, have no moral compass and see people as mere widgets. We created them, and they are behind much of the tension in many businesses.

  6. Could this be the fruits of a secular nation? We may have Judeo-Christian roots as a people, but our Constitution was molded specifically to avoid being a Christian theocracy. Noonan points out a “Crisis of Character”. Is it any surprise than in our climate of acceptance of everything, equality and social justice that we end up a big pile of mush? I think our current state has been a long time in the making and was probably baked right in the cake upon our country’s founding. Constitutionalist’s don’t like to hear that kind of talk because they see it as essentially perfect, but history illustrates the pitfalls of secularism. Our schools reflect it. Public service reflects it. Without a moral fabric underpinning society, we are ripe for the picking for a whole host of maladies which have now taken hold. This is the brave new world. Hope everyone likes it because it’s here to stay.

    1. “Without a moral fabric underpinning society, we are ripe for the picking for a whole host of maladies which have now taken hold.”

      I agree! But I don’t see your arfument that secularism was baked into the constitution. A reading of the Fesderalist Papers suggest otherwise. Besides, without the First Amendment, the constitution would never had been ratified.
      I grew up in the fifties. I think there was still a strong moral fabric in those days. We still had prayers in school. TV and the movies had strict codes on laguage and sex. That all started to change in the sixties. The pastors, priests and rabbis were no match for Hollywood.

      1. “I don’t see your arfument that secularism was baked into the constitution”

        I’m working on a post on it right now so I won’t go into it here. I will say that it will address the rest of your comment.

  7. Exactly on target. It isn’t just economics. It is the culture driving the idiocy of economics. I’ve been spending a bit of time arguing with some leftists on facebook locally and am appalled at the rudeness and the lack of understanding these people have regarding our societal character. I’ll check out Noonan’s article. Thanks for the head’s up.

    And Bunker….so sorry to hear that. Really. I wonder if your company went through a buy-out or new management that has sent you packing. You are right that the days are gone when company experience and loyalty were valued and encouraged. I hope something great happens for you after this. Will be thinking of you!

  8. What’s happening here is what is happening throughout the West The multicultural barbarians refuse to see anything special about our culture. All cultures are equal to them (well then go live in an Arab country I say.)

  9. I would say it is the encouragment to blame another rather than take responsibility that is rotting away at our culture.

    Instead of living within their means, a lot of people will blame “the rich” when they default on their loan.

    Instead of insisting that a condom be worn during sex, Sandra Fluke and plenty of other women blame “the rich” for not funding abortions.

    Instead of living within the means to fund tuition, the Occutards are demanding “the rich” pay for their college classes.

    Any kid who fights back against a schoolyard bully gets detention, suspention or worse for fighting back, while the bully gets a free pass, and this punishment for good behavior self perpetuates.

    1. “Instead of living within the means to fund tuition, the Occutards are demanding “the rich” pay for their college classes.”

      Indeed and what are those classes? Women’s Studies. Black Studies. A class on “knowing Obama.”

      A lot of Bullshit if you ask me.

      1. Yes, I forgot about those. Those classes are wastes of money, with no jobs to apply them to.

        Considering that there are people who are dumb enough actually take those classes rather than metallurgy, chemical engineering, etc, leftism is truly a mental disorder.

    2. Osmium
      , thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts. The socialist started out in the early 1900s to bring about all the things you itemized. They took over our eduction system, the news media, and Hollywood. It wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that we have had a way to fight back.

      1. Thanks.

        The only thing they have not got is the military, but they are working on it right now.

  10. I think i need an account or something to view it, but I get the jist of it I think. For years we have allowed people to develop a sense of entitlement, which is why we are where we are today. I think it’s slowed down a bit now, not because we’ve suddenly decided to build character, but rather because enough of us have figured out that we’re bloody paying for all this. Couldn’t come any sooner if you ask me.

  11. I wonder, how do you feel about the upholding of Obamacare? I feel like my America died today. I have no idea what the hell has happened to this country. I too hope to see a “reawakening”. Maybe it needed to be upheld to force people to wake up. Unfortunately, it is probably too late. We are likely to continue our spiral down into an even more corrupt and broken country. This is just another example of the many things that feel completely backwards and utterly wrong on many levels. :-( What a sad day for our freedom – or at least the freedom we thought we had.

    1. Hi, Ted. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts. I thought America was seriously wounded when the Patriot Act was passed. Today’s blow, however, could be fatal. As an Ex-Pat, on the outside looking in, I feel like my country is slipping away into the darkness.

  12. Its called pornography( legalization of prostitution and the greatest advertisement of it) it doesn’t matter if your getting paid to have sex your whorring it and if your putting it on comp or tv your promoting it. Counselling for buisness(therapist) rather then counsellors in the church (non profit). When jesus came around he whipped azz because people where using church functions for profit. And last but not least the drug war. Ill let you read the first few pages of the bible for reasons on that one. If we eliminate these issues our golden age will return and continue. God bless

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