The absence of true national adversity over these years allowed the adherents of Marxist and socialist philosophies to recruit among the college age and middle class by citing the so-called inequities of American society and the need to re-create the country. They further fanned the egos of these useful idiots by convincing them of their supposed superiority to the unwashed masses.
As a result, much of the citizenry quietly accepted the argument and simply dropped out of active participation in government. They assumed the nation was in reasonably good hands with the two political parties whose motives or agenda were never questioned. Most did not realize that by the mid 1980’s, the Left had a stranglehold on the Democratic Party, and far too many in the Republican Party were unable or unwilling to fully warn the populace of the future consequences of an all-powerful central government. They were content to slow down the march to socialism — and that only when they were in power.