We know in 2010, youth voters checked out on Democratic Politics (see : Young Voter Turnout Fell 60% from 2008 to 2010; Dems Won’t Win in 2012 If the Trend Continues | The Nation).
What did we get? A Tea Party. A Tea Party hell bent on screwing you over even if you just let them be:
The younger generation’s reaction to conservative-led stalemate is to consider our government irrelevant. That’s a big mistake. To paraphrase: you may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you. Transformation does not mean, as some now argue, wholesale “reinvention of government” in the sense of restructuring our Constitutional structures. It does mean the ability to adopt new laws and policies that stimulate U.S. response to this revolutionary era. No need for a lengthy shopping list. We all know what this means: a world class education system for a larger number; public infrastructure systems that work; a healthy, trained work force; new research and inventions; a healthy environment.