The Death of Common Sense
Common Sense lived a long life in America, but recently died from heart failure and failing health. 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 and factories, and 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 practical 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 rules: sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (adults are in charge, not the kids), winning isn’t everything (it’s okay to come in second), and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. His health declined when he became infected with a governmental virus that makes Washington think it knows what is best for Americans and America no longer belongs to the people. He watched in pain as Americans became ruled by self-seeking lawyers who made Americans, churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses fear liability suits. His health rapidly deteriorated when public schools implemented policies that controlled cafeteria food, prayer and Bible reading. His health declined even further when schools had to have parental consent to administer aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents of an unwanted pregnancy or an abortion. Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received rights, and federal judges interfered in everything from the Boy Scouts to Baseball. His health deteriorated as he saw the Supreme Court interpreting the law instead of obeying it. As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out and finally died when he received the news of the economy and unemployment. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Common Sense, Jr. He is survived by three stepsisters: My Rights, Only Me and Ima Whiner. Only a few attended his funeral because no one knew he was gone.” (article by Lori Borgman, bold italics edited and added).
Conclusion: It is sad that common sense is now dead and absent from politics, government, some churches, courts, news medias, and school systems. Recently, on the eleventh anniversary of 9-11, I was reminded of a time when common sense ruled. I remember seeing both republicans and democrats holding hands, singing patriot songs, putting aside indifference, and simply becoming Americans. It was very heart touching. It would be wonderful if Common Sense, Jr. would replace his father at election time in this November. God bless America!
“Your belief determine your behavior.”– Ted Camp