Jay--I just finished the prologue to Wildland. What a striking explication of the state of the country today, and description of his purpose in writing! I'm an inveterate academic nerd; I still highlight text as I read and most of the chapter is now red.
The end of that prologue, after Osnos has described the divisions, fears, and inequalities characterizing our nation today, reads:
"On the road, I often carried John Gunther’s book Inside U.S.A. I liked to remind myself of what he observed in America at the end of World War II. On the final page, he recorded his faith in America’s talent for “the rational approach, reason, the meeting of minds in honorable agreement after open argument.”
"At its core, my project was an attempt to understand how we had lost that talent and how we might recover it. I spent a decade in parts of the world where people tend to be skeptical about American promises and values, and I often found myself making a case for the United States, urging citizens of Egypt, Iraq, or China to believe that, for all of America’s failings, it aspires to some basic moral commitments, including the rule of law, the force of truth, and the right to pursue a better life. When I returned to the United States, I began to wonder if I had been lying all those years to people around the world—and to myself.
"The failure of that mythology became spectacularly vivid in Washington. But the deeper origins and effects lay far away, in real lives of intricate drama, in which the events of the capital intrude only occasionally, like flames licking up on the horizon.
I'm eager to see if the book succeeds in explaining how we got where we are in the third decade of the 21st Century.
Speaking of which,
"Better stay clear of very dark skinned folks til we get em vaxxed!" Post #15274
I knew there was a reason to take this picture.
Joanie--unfortunately, Biden's treatment of the Haitian refugees at the Texas border is not dissimilar to Trump's. Here's a pretty good description: