An Obituary

I came across this when I was doing some spring cleaning and I just think that it is something that is interesting to read, because there is so much truth to it.


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

Common Sense lived a long life but finally died of heart failure. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were lost long

ago in bureaucratic red tape.

He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes,

Factories and offices. He helped 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 and to know when to come in out of the rain. the early bird gets

the worm, and life isn’t always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound

financial policies such as "don’t spend more than you earn," reliable parenting

strategies. and the idea that it’s okay to come in second sometimes.

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution. the Great Depression, and the

Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational

trends, including body piercing, whole language, ebonies and new

math. His health declined when he became infected with the "If it only

helps one person it’s worth it" bug.

In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages

of overbearing federal regulation. He’ watched in pain as good people became

ruled by self-seeking lawyers and enlightened auditors. .

Common Sense knew the end was near when schools endlessly implemented

zero tolerance policies, reports of six-year-old boys 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; when schools had to get parental consent to administer

aspirin to a student but .could not inform the parent when the female student

is pregnant or wants 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 Boy Scouts to professional ~ports. Common Sense drifted in

and out of consciousness but was kept informed of developments regarding

questionable regulations for asbestos. low flow toilets. smart guns, the

nurturing of Prohibition laws and mandatory air bags.

Common sense was preceded in death by his parents. Truth and Trust;

his wife, Discretion; his daughter. Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

Not many attended his funeral, unfortunately. because so few realize he

is gone.




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