Americans for the most part,,especially the younger generation have lost their self reliant attitude.
Today most people would not know what to do if foods became unavailable to them for months at a time or their shelter was taken from them.
Its obvious that today if you blow a picture tube or loose your IPOD you call uncle sam for assistance.
Because of the government taking care of people who dont need it,, it has spawned a new mind set in its citizens.
I can remember when I had nothing how those were some of the most fun times of my life. Just figuring how to get out of it and the little things you do to survive are happy memories for me. I never even had the thought of uncle sam giving me a hand out. And today I would still loath the thought.
Living in the city skews your ability to survive,,people I guess are dependant on people for everything. It affects the way you think and thus the way you vote. Which I guess is why most cities vote for people who promise handouts.