So, I began looking these folks up. I started with Michael Parenti and was reading reviews and my eyes fell upon this: So you'd like to... Be Thoroughly Disgusted with Politics and Politicians. That was intriguing. Although I would not voice my opinion of the political atmosphere of the US in the same exact way, I find the list of references to be good to start from.
There is so much information out there, it's very hard to figure out what the objective view is. It is dizzying.
I went through that "disgusted" list, and this book looked interesting. The book's review by frequent contributor Robert W. Moore is what got me very curious. I checked out the reviewer's other reviews and felt comfortable with them.
So, in conclusion, I'm no further than I was at the beginning of reviewing my brother's note. But, if I'm up to reading some politics, I think I'll move gently to something like this first.