Mourning the death of Common Sense

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  1. 88Silverado

    88Silverado 1/2 ton status

    Mar 13, 2003
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    Quartz Hill, So. Cal
    Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the
    name of Common Sense.

    Common Sense lived a long life but died recently in
    the United States. 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

    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."

    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

    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 people, too stupid to realize that a
    steaming cup of coffee was hot, were awarded a huge
    settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.

    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. 75-K5

    75-K5 3/4 ton status

    Apr 28, 2002
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    Anderson, Indiana
    /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    (directed at concept...not you)
  3. Beast388

    Beast388 1/2 ton status

    Nov 6, 2001
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    Clinton, IA USA
    Ain't that the truth!!

    R.I.P. Common Sense
  4. Skigirl

    Skigirl 1/2 ton status

    Apr 2, 2001
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    Los Angeles, California
    Goodbye, Sense. We already miss you. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

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