Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the name of Common Sense.

Common Sense lived a long life but died in the United States from heart failure on the brink of the new millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, factories, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness.

For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound, financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and it" okay to come in second.

A veteran o the Industrial Revolution, The Great Depression, and The Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language, and "new math". Bu his health declined when he became infected with the "If -it-only-helps-one person-it's worth-it" virus. In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well intentioned but overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers.

His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a female student was pregnant or wanted to get an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.

Finally, when a woman, failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, was awarded a huge settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.

As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding questionable regulations such as those for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, and stepladders.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, a daughter, Responsibility: and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights, and I Am The Winner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was even gone.

 

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NannyB.
Mar. 17, 2008 at 4:25 PM This is really sad, but it is also very true.

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Jamie...
Mar. 17, 2008 at 4:32 PM This is better than the Pillsbury Dough Boy! And oh so true!

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mamas...
Mar. 17, 2008 at 6:17 PM Oh this is just a work of art! Funny but yet so cynical! Love it!

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empty...
Mar. 18, 2008 at 4:41 PM The cup of coffee one was something else. I remember that and still can't believe it....No body tells you to drive to Mcdonalds and buy a burger or else!~ or coffee !~

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MomaN...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Religion has been about money from the beginning-after Christ ended the old Law Covenant-it was still used to be able to keep Jewish Christians poor. Alot of this IS really funny-but some, so terrifyingly true:

It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a female student was pregnant or wanted to get an abortion.

Common Sense ....so few had it to begin with!

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