Originally Posted by SGladwell
You sound an awful lot like someone who came into age politically during these nightmare years. Rest assured that government wasn't always this bad.
I am sorry, but this statement is just wrong. Ever since LBJ, and definitely since '71, young people have felt like government did not work. The youth of America disliked LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush 1. Many felt betrayed by Clinton and most hate Bush 2. I think that it is a matter of:
1) the leftover angst of adolescence
2) the lack of real political education before the age of 21
3) that they have not seen that every administration has its failings but that the reason the systesm works is that it was built to make sure that bad individuals could not radically effect the entire system.
Arethusa is a great example of 1 & 3 and possibly 2 as well. The whole point of our constitution is that it is one of institutions and not of strong individuals. That fact lessens the ability of any one person do do excess harm (or good) and preserves the system for us to pass on to the next generation.