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Louder, dumber and meaner

I was having lunch with an old friend once, and when our conversation turned to the state of life in America, he had three words for it: louder, dumber and meaner.

The louder, dumber and meaner report is going to become a regular feature here at If the Six. Here's today's dispatch:

(How low can you go?)

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anita_margarita
May. 11th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out at what point people stopped striving to better themselves and their lot in life, and instead began to point fingers and scream, "If I can't have what he has, then he shouldn't have it either."
patrick_vecchio
May. 11th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
It's all divide-and-conquer diversions by the One Percent.
nodressrehersal
May. 12th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
In answer to the question, "How low can you go?" I'd like to think "This. This is as low as we can go." But I fear that's wishful thinking.
patrick_vecchio
May. 12th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
You're right: Never underestimate American ingenuity.
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
This most certainly shows an inability to evolve into a society of empathy. But, it has never been about, "how far we have come." It has always been about, "how far we have yet to go." # Holiday
patrick_vecchio
May. 12th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it feels like we're just spinning our wheels.
inkling7
May. 13th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I'm speechless.
patrick_vecchio
May. 13th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
To borrow a phrase from Hunter S. Thompson, we clearly are dealing with "the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate."
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