I grew up during the Vietnam war, so every night, I watched the news with my Mom and Dad. While patriotic, due to uncles having fought in WWII and Korea, I certainly did see the issues with the war in Southeast Asia. So what your generation experienced certainly isn't new and has been seen before. Still, despite it's flaws, and despite the fact that our forefathers were not perfect, this country is better than any other that exists. No European country comes close, despite what many young people are taught to believe these days. Not Sweden, not the Netherlands. None of them. As for being born when the country was in a good spot - I totally agree. But, every generation has gone through some tough times. No generation is exempt. Nothing new under the sun.I think that may have to do with how boomers were raised. They grew up in a time when the country was seen heroically. Heroes are rarely scrutinized for fault. Honestly, the education system is flawed, but it still teaches these “America does no wrong” values. Then, as millennials grew up, the internet made information about the horrible things the country has done impossible to hide. So I wouldn’t say the values are unamerican, it’s just confusing to the youth. It’s like your school telling you about how amazing your uncle sam is all of your life. He’s a hero! You want to be him when you grow up. Then, you find out he’s an alcoholic that beats up your aunt on weekends. Some people just want some accountability, I guess.
These are just observations. I don’t take sides and I always welcome hearing how people grew up and their thoughts. Thats why I read most every thread, but hardly comment lol