Opposite Of Radical: Today's Youth Trust Uncle Sam




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After reading Cory Doctorow's novel, Little Brother, the major problem I noticed about the book was that the antagonists of the story were American citizens who trusted and relied on authority to protect them. As a young adult who trusts authority, I was offended that someone like me is portrayed as an ignorant and stupid American in this book.

 After the political scandals of the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the controversy of the Pentagon Papers in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a popular belief that no one under 30 trusted the United States government.


Now that we have passed the 21st century mark, polls say that the majority of the American public under 30 today is actually more trusting of the government of all age groups. Especially after the election of President Obama, many groups of youth, especially minorities and women have expressed that the government is trying to do what is best for the American public. While Cory Doctorow might believe this is a bad thing, I think that this will help America's future.

But why are the different generations changing their perspectives on the US government? Why are the two generations growing farther and farther apart from each other in social and ideological opinions?  This can help and hurt America in many ways and with Congress now at a stalemate on many issues, how will this affect the youth's views on the government?
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