Marybeth Hicks

Mr. Slater was arrested for illegally enabling the emergency chute and improperly exiting the airport, and he faces the prospect of jail time. Investigators so far have not found anyone to corroborate his story about a disrespectful passenger and instead have found lots of people who say he was the rude one — treating several people discourteously from the time they boarded the plane.

Yet Mr. Slater is the "everyman" for a disheartened American working class.

True, we're a stressed-out country that is drained from worrying about our finances and our jobs. And we're sick of putting up with the rude behavior that seems to be our new national norm.

But I'll bet we all can name a dozen people who, despite their stress, remain cheerful and act with kindness and patience, no matter how others behave.

It's disappointing that a guy like Mr. Slater has evoked the sympathies of our emotionally immature culture. The real heroes are the people who act as they wish they felt, lovingly and patiently toward the people God has put on their paths.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).