This is not the same country as it was 100 years ago. Young men can no longer strike out for parts unknown and homestaed some land and start a business. Truth be told, it took a special kind of person to do that. most people stayed close to home. But those days are gone.
Kids today expect things and are given things. Lots of people give their kids cars and pay for college. Whatever happened to "if you want a car, get a job?" How many kids today are told that if they want to buy something, they need to find a job. Parents aren't doing their kids any favors by keeping them from working.
And to further the government will take care of everything, I think we need to look at the explosion of factory jobs and government jobs that come with "benefits." How many times have we heard people say they took a job for the benefits? Why are we surprised when the next generation expects "benefits." I think if you want to foster an atmosphere of success or failure on your own, it's time to get rid of all employment benefits. Those things are available for purchase, if someone desires them.
How many people work for themselves? How many people start their own businesses. Only about 15 million Americans-10% of the workforce- are sled employed. That's a pretty small number. Why don't people want to go out and start their own businesses? So this idea about going out and doing something on your own has not been proven to be true.
If kids are swallowing the kool aid, it's because we have conditioned them to drink it, put it in pitchers, and fed it to them.
As far as Donald Trump.... no one can convince me he won because he was the better candidate. He was the least worst candidate. Many people voted for him because voting for Hillary was unthinkable. I think the Democrats would have won if they had run any other candidate. Some of his policies are ok, no question. Some are not. But any President is like that. He has two more years- so let's see what he can do now.
The country isn't going back to how it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago. The world has changed. 50 years from now things will be different again. That is what America is. It's change. It's dynamic. It's not stuck in the old ways. That's is what the American Revolution was all about. That's what the Founders recognized.