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The Crisis Papers -- A Policy Statement

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.   As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln

Tom Paine, the firebrand pamphleteer in the American colonies' War for Independence, wrote in "The Crisis" that "these are the times that try men's souls." He was right in 1776, and he would be right today.

The Bush Administration's engagement in war and imperialism abroad and incipient theocracy and proto-fascism at home is washing over our land of liberty, and is eroding the political and moral ideals that have made our country great. The U.S. Constitution, the foundation for our democratic republic -- what Tom Paine and others fought to establish, and which has stood us in good stead for more than two centuries -- is being trampled and shredded.

This assault on our civic covenant -- which is ostensibly taking place because "we are at war!" -- is in fact being carried out by an ideological faction of a political party that figures it can get away with these abuses under the guise of "national security" and "homeland defense." Indeed, a good share of this faction's greed-and-power program is being enacted with little interference from those who ordinarily oppose "big government," although more and more traditional conservatives are expressing their outrage at Bush & Co.'s extremist excesses.

Amidst this Hard-Right lock on power, unfettered progressive opinion has been largely banished from the commercial media. However, it has found refuge in the internet, where the progressive opposition makes its stand, boldly and eloquently. The Crisis Papers will feature original commentary and criticism of current political events, and will serve as a gateway to other web-sites devoted to a restoration of our once-magnificent democratic republic.

Our present soul-trying times call out for the same courage and ingenuity that Tom Paine spoke of more than two centuries ago, as we fight to return to civil political dialogue, progressive programs for our citizens, and sanity and respect for others in our foreign policy -- all the while not neglecting to protect ourselves from the very real terrorists (alien and governmental) both at home and abroad. We welcome you, and hope to hear from you. Together we can make a difference.

Crisis Papers editors, Partridge & Weiner, are available for public speaking appearances