"What difference" "does it make?"
The fact is that the anti-establishment, anti-traditional values, zone out, drop out, Hippies of the 60's outgrew that stage and rejoined the working world, but they formed the base of modern American liberalism/progressivism/statism/political class/leftism. And because they were convinced they could do it better and be better people than the generations before them, a whole lot of them went into education, politics, and media. And they naturally mentored people of like mind who would eventually replace them. And because the replacements had no experience with what America was like before progressivism, they became increasingly fanatical in their beliefs.
And now in the world of education, of science, of media, and increasingly in politics, modern American conservatism/libertarianism/classical liberalism is increasingly unwelcome and generally doesn't survive comfortably in those environments. This has the effect of significantly suppressing information and makes education, media, and a large chunk of the scientific community willing accomplices to support an increasingly liberal government.
And we the people have largely lost our 'free and objective press' as a result.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776