Remember the 1971 “Keep America Beautiful” campaign featuring the late Iron Eyes Cody?

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Nearly forty-five years later, there seems to be even more pollution than ever before–not just in the physical atmosphere, but in the political atmosphere as well. From the filth of Fox to the bombast of Breitbart News, it seems that you just can’t get away from breathing in the toxins.

We prefer the clean air of truth here at the Washington Monthly, and we’ve been doing our part to combat the pollution that threatens to choke American democracy. However, we need your help to ensure that we can keep our country healthy in 2016 and beyond.

It’s often said that every generation has an obligation to leave this country better than they found it. How sad is it that so many right-wing forces have decided to abandon that obligation. Those forces have chosen to pollute, to weaken, to drag down this country.

We’re trying to lift this country up, trying to ensure that the dream of a tolerant, compassionate, broad-minded and prosperous America remains real in perpetuity. It’s difficult work, but necessary work–and your support is necessary in order for us to continue.

With your support, we can continue to push back against the forces of ignorance and arrogance, the forces of fear and smear, the forces that enjoy dividing America in the name of implementing a narrow ideological vision that serves to protect the privileged and the powerful. With your support, we can prevent those forces from disfiguring the beautiful face of America.

Please consider making a tax-deductible recurring or onetime contribution today, so that we can clean up the trash, clear the air, purify the political waters, and do all that we can to keep America beautiful for future generations.

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D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.