And who could blame them? We encounter huge numbers of young Americans who want to make a difference, are passionate about an issue, and seek to bring about change. Fifty years ago, or even as recently as 15 years ago, many young people would have jumped at the opportunity to go to Washington to make their mark and serve. Some would choose careers as foreign service officers, congressional staff members, general service professionals, and maybe even as candidates for office. Today, in this climate of acrimony, they view Washington as a hindrance, not a solution. They reject public service and instead seek out opportunities to change the world via non-profits or in the corporate sector.