A spirit of disillusionment with all levels of government has crept into the psyche of many Americans. In general, people want America to continue to be a global powerhouse but have lost faith in those who govern as well as our institutions. This current spirit of disenfranchisement if permitted to continue will lead America further away from position as the worlds thought-leader as well as its economic engine.
The culture of selfishness that is the defining characteristic of the "ME" generation has lead to the place we are now. This generation sadly has abandoned the spirit of JFK who requested of his fellow Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". I feel it is pretty safe to say that our current members of government and the financial elite of this nation do no think this way in the least. This is not surprising that these same individuals have lived a hedonistic, self-centered life in terms of their own lives, careers and families. They hold little regard or interest for their "fellow Americans".
This innate selfishness of the current generation of power-holding Americans however, is being over-shadowed by a movement that embraces compassion, contribution and personal responsibility within the under 30 group of Americans. Younger Americans want to make a difference not only for themselves but for those around them and not just in their immediate sphere of influence. Young people want to make a positive impact not only for themselves but for their neighborhood environment as well as the national and global communities.
The "Occupy" movement was a tangible manifestation of this new spirit of Americanism that the younger generation feels. However, where they stumbled was in their ability to properly articulate and coordinate themselves during their attempts to express their level of frustration if not outright contempt for the current systems.
Our next generation genuinely puts America first even if they don't know how to say that just yet.
"Contribution" as the foundation of ones personal success will be the hallmark of the new generation and is the correct future for America.