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Common Sense

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Stickseler, Jun 8, 2002.

  1. Stickseler

    Stickseler 3/4 ton status

    Mar 23, 2001
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    Northern Virginia
    A buddy sent this to me..maybe its been here before or maybe not, but its kinda sad because its so true. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif


    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's okay to come in second. 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, and "new math." But 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 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, too stupid 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; his
    wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He
    is survived by two stepbrothers: My Rights, and Ima Whiner.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
  2. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

    Apr 20, 2000
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    Amen to that!

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