In the year 1776, a small pamphlet called Common Sense was published; it united a divided colonial American society and created a clear sense of purpose. Common Sense pointed out the problems with government and offered hope for something better. It noted the importance of immediate action and spelled out the consequences of hesitation. Through a unique perspective, Common Sense Anew takes a hard look at to-day's problems, not only in government, but in our society as well. The times have changed and so has the scope of the problems. Like our ancestors, we are in a position to create something far better than the present. We must consider, as they did, the importance of taking immediate action. Will things improve in the future and present a better time, or will they worsen and bring serious conse-quences? Common Sense Anew offers keen insight into these questions, which must not only be answered, but must be answered correctly. Along with incisive analysis of today's issues, Common Sense Anew captures the spirit of the past by including the full texts of documents upon which our nation was founded, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, the US Declaration of Independ-ence, and the US Constitution. Linking past and present, Common Sense Anew also shines a light on the future: for we must consider the future; it is, after all, where our children will live. About the Author Born in southern New Jersey in 1962, Robert Shendock was raised in a blue-collar, middle-class family. At age seventeen, he joined the US Navy, where he enjoyed extensive travel. Since serving his country, Robert has continually worked with the public, visiting thousands of homes from rich to poor, which has helped shape his views on society. In 1996, in a period of less than one year, a chain of tragic events took place that would change his views on life. After a few down years, Robert rose above his adversity with a new perspective and greater interest in government and society. Paying close attention to ongoing events and spending countless hours thinking about them, he found himself with great concern for the future of America. Feeling compelled to do something, Robert wrote Common Sense Anew, hoping once again to bring unity and to establish a clear sense of purpose.