Call me a relic of a backward time, but it seems to me we were all better off when some things were best kept to yourself and "think before you speak" was not all about how best to deliver a verbal smackdown but rather about deciding whether what you were going to say was right for the situation. Nowadays, as Avery says, the media make their pitch to the 18-24 bracket and expect everyone else to just live with it. Thing is, do we really want to live someplace where the standards are set by teenagers' rampaging id? Pretty hard to raise your kids in a sensible manner in that kind of place, at least if you want them to have their heads together, and for a lot of people dropping out of American society really isn't an option.
Discretion. Politeness. Manners. Courtesy. Robert Heinlein once described that last as the lubricant of society, and it seems that lately we've had a lot of painful grinding noises for lack of it. Maybe we ought to work on getting this particular Fab Four back in the place of honor they used to have around here. As amusing as it may be to listen to Roger Daltrey sing "Hope I die before I get old", the reality is that sooner or later we need to grow up and start acting right. Because the alternative gets pretty grotty.