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The passing of an Icon, an old friend
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kraigWY    Posted 01-10-2004 at 08:53:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, 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 lost long ago in bureaucratic red
> tape.
> He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes,
> and 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.
> 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.
> 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, stepladders and auto
> Common Sense finally succumbed when, while the United States was
> fighting a war on terrorism, a federal judge 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 stepbrothers: My Rights, and Ima Whiner. Not many
> attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> "A man's character is determined by how hard he fights for what he
> believes in."
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

KellyGa    Posted 01-10-2004 at 16:06:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never were there truer words

bob    Posted 01-10-2004 at 09:48:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
do you think it will sink in to the people who shoul take notice Very good lines

deadcarp    Posted 01-10-2004 at 09:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey i remember him - wasn't he married to Farmers Justice's daughter? :)

Cindi    Posted 01-10-2004 at 09:24:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
A touching and apt tribute. Amen.

Clod    Posted 01-10-2004 at 09:36:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I HERD THAT!Common sense,,, I think daylight saveings time has something to do with detaching us from reality.

Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-10-2004 at 11:32:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeh, that's it!! I could never put my finger on it, but that's it!! Daylight Savings time, I know that it has me bent outta shape!! Takes about 6 months for my mind to get back on track, and by that time my mind has been damaged, then they change it again and it starts all over.

Good One Clod!! LOL!

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