PAUL BUCHHEIT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
A young explorer from a distant land
embarked upon our shores. "A visage bold
yet peaceful greeted me," said he. "Her hand
held high, she bore a flaming torch that told
of liberty and progress, and a script
evoking justice, and a hopeful word
to wretched peoples, tired and poor and stripped
of dignity in other worlds." And stirred
to dreams and passion by this moment rare,
the visitor advanced beyond the shore,
then suddenly fell back in stark despair:
Before him, like the aftermath of war,
were landscapes scarred with toxins and debris,
and barrenness as far as he could see.
Progressives, unlike many of those on the far right, are not willing to let America fail, but instead fight for changes while promoting awareness of the unpleasant truth. Three remarkable books help us to understand what we need to do.