A sad announcement-
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense.
Common Sense lived a long life, but he died inthe United States from heart failure early in the new millennium.
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 and factories, helping folks get job dont without fanfare and foolishness.
For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits help no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to knmow when to come in and out of the rain, why the early bird gets the word, and that life isnt always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (dont spend more than you earn), parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and its OK to come in second. A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technical Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language, and "new math", but his heal declined when he became infected with the "if-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus.
In recent decades, his wning strength proved no match for ravages of well intentioned but over bearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became self-seeking lawyers. His health rapidly deteriorated when schooled endlessly implemated zero-tolerance policies.
Reports of a 6 yearold 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 schoolsa had to get parental consent to administer an asprin, but could not inform the parent when a female was pregnant or wanted an abortion.
Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals recieved better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from boy scouts to professional sports.
When an individual, too stupid to realize that a steaming cup of coffe 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 well informed of developements regarding questionable regualtions such as those for low flush toilets, rocking chairs, step ladders, and auto emissions.
Common Sense finally succumbed when, while the US was fighting a war on terrorism, a federal judged declared the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional.
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 step siblings: My Rights and Ima Whiner.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.