“Americans have become very rude. A great nation cannot continue this way”

WALL STREET JOURNAL
Mind Your Manners, Says Edith Wharton
by Peggy Noonan
August 22, 109

…You have apparently forgotten that “Excuse me,” is a request, not a command. “Excuse me” is an abbreviated question: “Would you excuse me, please? Thank you.” All in a soft voice. It is not a command to be barked as you push down the aisle at Walgreens. There is the matter of “No problem.” You perform a small courtesy, I thank you, you reply “No problem.” Which implies: If it were a problem, lady, I wouldn’t do it. “If it were at all challenging I would never be courteous.” Why would you admit this to a fellow citizen? Why demoralize her in this way? READ MORE SUBSCRIPTION CONTENT

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