In the parlous times in which we find ourselves, sadly, much of the problems are of our own making. The media is one of the biggest reasons for that; the Congress shares as well; and, of course, Bush/Cheney are in many ways at the head of the pack.
One important contributor to the problem is our ignorance of the reality of what is really happening because the media does not provide us with that reality. A relatively new book by a veteran reporter, Mort Rosenblum, AP for decades, recounts what is involved. It is: "Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival".
I cannot recommend it highly enough. I am finding it difficult to read because of the many ways that the truth never got through to us in the last several decades. It could have been so different. In any event, get it, read it, and do what you can to right the ship of state. If we take on very much more water we shall founder.