America used to take great pride in pointing out that we were a "classless society"--one in which there were no distinctions made based on our status of birth. We could be mobile, rising or sinking as our merit earned. Now, the simple phrase denotes that we are increasingly a society without any class.
The ubiquitous "gimme" cap, worn from morning til night and not removed for meals, indoors or national anthems is one symbol. The drooping pants exposing the three day old boxer shorts, but mercifully slowing down the thug when fleeing police is still another. The once cute, but now obscene slogan-bearing T-shirts. The pre-pubescent whore getups of the fourth grade girls in schools...
And, who would have ever imagined Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Nancy Reagan, or Laura Bush going out in public in a foreign land to represent the United States in this get-up:
Can we get someone at the White House to take them aside and offer some guidance?