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  •  To many reruns of (10+ / 0-)

    the same plot and not enough new actors on stage to find this show entertaining anymore.  

    •  And to be 100% honest... (10+ / 0-) a Millennial, I've never lived in an America where the government wasn't portrayed as evil, demonized, or really, anything remotely resembling functional, especially since the mid-'90s when I started becoming politically aware.

      I keep voting for Democrats because, honestly, I think they'll fuck up the least, not because I trust them to do anything better.  And stupid shit like this make it harder to even keep that view of them instead of "evil-lite".

      And there's no better option offered.

      Everyday Magic

      Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
      -- Clarke's Third Law

      by The Technomancer on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:20:07 AM PST

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      •  I am the (15+ / 0-)

        grandmother of a Millennial. As a little kid her first political opinions put in words we're spouting off about Bush and the environment. She liked and entusiastically supported Obama even though not yet a voter. She helped me canvas and work on his campaign. By the time she could register to vote she said why? It's rigged grandma.

        Her parents are both Democrat's one liberal and one 'moderate'. The moderate Dem., her Mom, got so mad at this administration's continuation of the Bushies nastiness that she wrote in Bernie Sanders in 2012.

        We all talked my granddaughter in registering and voting but she does not expect the Democrat's to as she says 'help ordinary people in this world' or stop the killing. She has taken her sincere quest for a better world and the common good outside the rigged partisan political system.

        She's thinking of joining the Peace Corp. and argues/debates with some of her contemporaries slide into the latest version of Libertarianism. She just finished reading 'Common Sense' by Tom Paine and is taking a class online, Environmental Law. I think a lot of Millennial's have a better grasp on the political reality then those of us who believe that our only choice is the lesser evil and that this is all we can get.

        Axelrod's inevitable 'world as we find it' and embracing the suck doesn't move her. It's harder then ever to whip up fear of the RW maniacs when you have the world to communicate with and form idea outside the TV's propaganda machine. She just doesn't buy the hype or fear.    

        •  Yep. (6+ / 0-)

          Not only that, a whole lot of people my age look at how broken our government is, and ask themselves why the hell they'd even want to participate in it, when it's easier to just go around it because it's so ineffective?

          Shit, I'd run for office if it meant I could actually change something.  As it is, I can serve society a lot better outside of government.

          Everyday Magic

          Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
          -- Clarke's Third Law

          by The Technomancer on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 09:01:22 AM PST

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          •  Good luck to (5+ / 0-)

            your generation. I think you can and will serve society from the outside and influence the poltics of people. It's going to take people with a vision of the world that has not been molded by decades of spin and fear. I salute you guys.

            When I canvased for Obama one of my canvasing 'partners' was a twelve year old boy whose Mom was a Reagan Democrat back in the day.  She drove him to campaign headquarters and was proud that he was rejecting her political folly.  He told me he was making amends for the dumb Democrat's who had bought the Reaganite version of being a Democrat. It would be interesting to see where he stands 6 years later.      

          •  Stewart Brand of "Whole Earth Catalog" fame said: (2+ / 0-)
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            The thing we found out in the '60s is that you can change the game by turning your back on it and going away and starting a new game, and if that is a more interesting game, then people come over to play it. Evolutionary tactics seem to apply. The more diversity, the healthier everybody is. Rather than getting caught on one dinosaurlike path, you have a labyrinth of things going on constantly.

            You cannot change a game by winning it, you cannot change a game by losing it, you cannot even change it by refereeing it.

            Millennials seem to realize this intuitively about the game that currently passes for the U.S. system of government.

            It may well be that you can't change it by participating in it, that you have to turn your back on it and go away and start a new game.

            The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

            by lotlizard on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:01:24 PM PST

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