1. Thank you! I get so sick of older people telling me how little “my generation” cares about politics…when we’re both at a political event! Wake up, people!

  2. I’m coming to favor a parliamentary system that allows proportionate representation. This creates a more free-flowing marketplace of ideas than what we have now. In 1972 my generation of Alaskans (20-somethings at the time) were frustrated with the conservative and stultifying leadership of the Alaska Democratic Party. How times change. Nowadays, they would be considered ‘progressive’. Anyway, the Kids out-organized the old guard and took over the party. They made political changes that influenced a generation of public policy. I’m sorry about the flippant comments from one of my generation to you. But I think you hit on the critical point–the Under-35 are on the bus and my gen needs to move over and make room. Welcome aboard!

  3. Blah blah blah sex blah…oh wait, I’ll keep reading! First of all, re “Bob” ; 40 years ago he probably did that handshake talk-down thing to women, who did all the work, if he noticed them at all. But mainly, thank you for the brain jolt; I enjoy the emotions and thought your article generated. Count me as an oldster who thought I was worried about the future until I paid attention to the present. The young people I encounter are engaged, creative, intelligent, hard workers, and care about the person next to them, even if that person is different or old. Can’t ask for a better leadership or future than that; well, except if we had free higher education and health care for all, or maybe something better. You can figure it out.

  4. Thanks for the article. As a parent of teens and 20-somethings, I can tell you it is difficult to get kids to participate when they have no opportunity to learn civics within our schools. My kids attend East and Wendler. The Student Government plans pep assemblies and dance. It does not govern. There is no Civics class or even club at East or Wendler. There are no Journalism classes at either school and there are no school newspapers. As a parent, I take them with me, which is biased to my beliefs, but they do not get an opportunity to approach social discourse in their Anchorage schools.
    Growing up in the early 70’s, social activism was a very important part of my high school. It’s disappointing that my kids are not getting a chance to form their own views and participate in a real Student Government experience.

  5. Whether members have read much or little of The Federalist, the tea party movement’s focus on keeping government within bounds and answerable to the people reflects the devotion to limited government embodied in the Constitution. One reason this is poorly understood among our best educated citizens is that American politics is poorly taught at the universities that credentialed them. Indeed, even as the tea party calls for the return to constitutional basics, our universities neglect The Federalist and its classic exposition of constitutional principles.

  6. Cleo, I can’t speak for all universities obviously, but the University of Alaska Anchorage concentrated heavily on the Federalist Papers. I never leave home without my beaten up, over-highlighted copy. And while many tea party members may be legitimately concerned about expansive government, the people they run for office generally purport themselves as anti-federalists and the people that show up to rallies seem to just want to scream about Obama.

    • Ditto. I was taught about the Federalist Papers in both the University of Alaska Anchorage and Northern Arizona University.