America is in trouble. And only a nationwide movement of volunteerism and civic action will reverse the nation’s course.
In addition to prolonged wars and a troubled economy, this nation is losing its quality of life and shared sense of purpose. The level of need that has become staggering: 40 million people in poverty, 47 million people without health insurance, 3.5 million people homeless each year, more than one million bankruptcies a year. Meanwhile people feel distress, disconnection, and a prolonged belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Government is too indebted and polarized to solve these problems. The free market is likewise unable; economic gains bestow great wealth on a few while financial insecurity is the inheritance of many.
Fortunately there is an answer: a re-engagement of the American people in sustaining the strength of their country. AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM tells the story of 60 people – seven in depth – who saw a problem and decided it should not be allowed to persist in a nation as great as the United States. Starting without money, fame or power, these people developed organizations, recruited followers, cultivated funding sources, and made a lasting difference. Their stories are inspirational, for they show a path that all of us can follow if we care about America’s well-being.