""I'm the only person in the history of Virginia elected to
statewide office with a Union card, two Purple Hearts, and three
Jim Webb--the bestselling author and now the celebrated, outspoken
U.S. Senator from Virginia--presents a clear-eyed, hard-hitting
plan of attack for putting government to work for the people,
rather than special interests, and for restoring the country's
standing around the world.
Infused with the intelligence, force, and firebrand style that has
earned Senator Jim Webb enormous national attention from his
earlest days in office, "A Time to Fight" offers a thorough and
provocative assessment of the thorniest issues Americans face
today, along with cogent solutions drawn from Webb's lifetime of
experience as a much-decorated Marine, a widely traveled,
award-winning journalist and novelist, a highly placed member of
the Reagan administration, a Senator with a son who fought as a
Marine in Iraq and, perhaps most important, a proud scion of
America's vast but frequently ignored working class.
Webb exposes how America has entered a dangerous, unprecedented
cycle of seemingly unsolvable unknowns. Our economic policies,
particularly in this age of globalization, have produced widely
divergent results leading to a country calcifying along class
lines. Our demographic makeup has been altered dramatically and is
set to keep on changing, through both legal and illegal
immigration. Our editorialists and politicians talk about the
American dream, and some urge us to bring democracy to the rest of
the world. But more than two million Americans are now in prison,
by far the highest incarceration rate in the so-called advanced
world. Our foreign policy is confused, without clear direction;
increasingly vulnerable to such largely unexamined long-term
threats as China's emerging power while it has become bogged down
in the never-ending struggles of the Middle East. As this drift
toward societal regression has taken place, America's leadership
has largely been paralyzed, unable or unwilling to stop the slide.
"Where are the leaders?" Webb asks. "Has our political process
become so compromised by powerful interest groups and the threat of
character assassination that even the best among us will not dare
to speak honestly about the solutions that might bring us back to
common sense and fundamental fairness?"
Through vivid personal narratives of the struggles members of his
family faced, and citing the courageous actions of presidents
ranging from Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt to Dwight
Eisenhower, "A Time to Fight" provides specific, viable ideas for
restoring fairness to our economic system, correcting the direction
of national security efforts, ending America's military occupation
of Iraq, and developing greater government accountability. Webb
brings a fresh perspective to political dynamics that have shaped
our country. His stirring, populist manifesto calls upon voters to
make the choices that will change America for the better in this
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