The headline to this article from The USA Today reads, "Nation Needs Youthful Idealism More Than Ever."
Notice the sacrifices that the author and editor made in order to publish such a title. It might have read "Nation Needs Common Sense More Than Ever," or "Nation Needs Good Ideas More Than Ever," or "Nation Needs Wise Policy Makers More Than Ever."
Instead, the article refers to "Youthful Idealism," whatever that means. Does that mean the puppy-eyed wish for everything just to work out? Does that mean the belief that if you want something bad enough it will come true?
What this nation needs if for people of all ages to realize that governments on all levels have us astray--and by their very nature always will. The article mentions a "can-do" attitude that is apparently one of our core-values. Were this the case, then the federal government would be smaller even than Jefferson imagined. Instead, Americans don't really value the "can-do" spirit, otherwise they wouldn't employ bureaucrats backed by well-armed soldiers to make policy by fiat. There are no bailouts in the "can-do" spirit.
Part of the problem is that Americans have developed a foolish idealism that envisions the government as the best and primary instrument of progress, when history shows that what governments do best is wage wars, tyrannize subjects, and loot economies of their resources.
Saying we need more idealism is like saying that we need more voo-doo, but worse.