I still believe that we are the toughest nation in the world when actual push comes to shove.
Unfortunately push actually has to come to shove to fight to people getting killed before we act tough and really deal with important issues and fix them. (I wrote a different post about being tough here, so I will try not to repeat.)
Let me add this as well... I don't think a very high percentage of us really act spoiled and entitled... I think its just that the ones that do act that way are the loudest and most vocal.
2.. T.S.A. -- Ok, the body scanners that actually showed boobs was a bad idea. They fixed that. But all in all here's what we have as far as commercial airline travel in the United States...EVERYTHING. It's safe, for the most part fairly affordable for what you are getting, SAFE, the most convenient travel possible (until tele-portation gets the kinks worked out) SAFE... and so common place that its not even a big deal anymore that we can be somewhere in 2 hours that 150 years ago took 2 months. I know there have been incidents of horrible violations of peoples rights/privacy at the hands of jerkoff TSA agents. But somewhere around 2,000,000 people fly in the US everyday, every single one of them is processed in some form or another by TSA... we should be amazed that there isn't way more actual incidents. Note: I am firm believer that if someone's rights are actually violated, the offender should have the book thrown at them, as well as anyone up the chain that knowingly allowed it. But we have gotten insanely whiny about the whole process when 99.9% of the time we are delivered nothing but a safe, convenient trip.
There's several more examples... but this blog post is already too long.
To summarize... we have become spoiled... we feel like our travel experience should be perfect in our minds, it should be cheap and convenient and go exactly how we want. We feel like teachers should only say our kids are perfect, we bad mouth Cops for pulling us over even though we were speeding. We think we deserve a new car and a flat screen, instead of being thankful we live in a country that allows us to work towards being able to afford one.
It doesn't apply to everyone by any means, but I will be the first to admit on here thatI have gotten spoiled and need to come back to reality.
The American dream is not having everything you want... it's feeling the pride in earning what you have....