Friday, January 14, 2011


The title of this commentary is taken from the words written by Thomas Paine in the first of his now-famous pamphlet series "The Crisis". General George Washington had Paine’s work read to his battle weary troops that inspired the Americans in their battles against the British and Hessian troops.

Paine’s earlier famous pamphlet “Common Sense” (1776) earned him the title “The Father of the American Revolution”, because of the influence brought to bear to the independence movement. Paine was a complex individual with a fascinating background spanning a number of different work endeavors.

Let me suggest that you take a look at the marvelous piece prepared by Wikipedia for your reading enjoyment:

Paine’s many significant words are most appropriate to consider as America goes through a period of sorrow and questioning as a result of the Massacre in Tucson. We may secure the necessary strength and foresight to propel us in the correct direction in the months and years ahead when we study and consider the wisdom and depth of Paine’s writings.

One hundred and fifty years after Paine’s works were published Thomas Edison, one of America’s greatest inventors said, “We never had a sounder intelligence in this republic…In Common Sense Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable.”

Again your Commander urges patience and caution as we move forward trying to secure answers to complex questions that are springing forward in the aftermath of this Tucson tragedy.


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