Hey, Young People: Why Aren't You Protesting?
Shutdown deserves a response from millennials: Michael Kazin
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
Michael Kazin wonders: Where are the youth protests against the shutdown?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – On a range of issues from immigration to unions, polls suggest today's twentysomethings are lefties. Yet here we are, in the midst of a government shutdown, and the millennials aren't coming out against it. "They should be surrounding the Capitol to defend Obamacare and blast the Republicans for denying food stamps to millions of poor people," Michael Kazin writes in the New Republic. "It’s our government, they ought to declare. Boehner, Cantor, and their band of militants have no right to bankrupt or shut it down."

Instead, it's just Tea Partiers who seem to have the wherewithal to make their voices heard. One issue for young liberals may be that ObamaCare hasn't generated a lot of passion, thanks to its watered-down version of universal health care; another is mistrust of the federal government. "But to laugh, anxiously, as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Gail Collins eviscerate Ted Cruz and his ilk does nothing to beat back the danger a determined, well-funded mass conservative movement poses now to the imperfect but vital reforms Obama and the Democrats have been able to pass," Kazin writes. "Don’t fret, organize." Click for the full piece.

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Mountainhiker
Oct 3, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
So is the Newser Staffa bunch of brain dead Obama worshippers? Need to get a grip on reality, younger people are getting a grasp of the insanity of Obamacare and the socialist curse that it is. They see the massive tax increases and the massive increase in the cost of medical care and the insanity of dumping millions of ILLEGAL aliens on the welfare rolls and onto Obamacare. They have figured out that THEY will have decreased healthcare, decreased income and less chance of getting a job once the get out of school.
Becuzican
Oct 2, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
Most young people have grown up in the Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld era, whose illegal antics completely eroded any faith in the integrity of the government of the US, so they have settled for the "It's all good" state of mind by default. They feel powerless to change things and it doesn't really matter anyways, except that it does. In fact, that seems to be the attitude of most adults as well, who are not serving as good role models like they were in the sixties. Good work, Karl.
Homes
Oct 2, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
The young people are busy having babies or partying hard leaving them with no sleep and hangovers, making hard for them to stay awake at there jobs or no jobs, that there is no energy left for them to protest.