OBITUARY OF AN OLD FRIEND
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
Common Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when he learned he couldn’t defend himself from a burglar in his own home and the burglar could sue him for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a number of frivolous lawsuits continued to adjudication, many of which resulted in enormous judgments in favor of the plaintiffs who themselves were at fault.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his four stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Dont Blame Me, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended the memorial service for Common Sense because so few realized he was gone.
Note: The author of the above is unknown. However, as a postscript, I and many others all across the country are quite optimistic that with the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, a new Cabinet being put in place, and the appointment of people to the Supreme Court of the United States who respect the Constitution, there may be a “resurrection” of Common Sense and that much better days lie ahead for our nation and its citizens. We fully anticipate that the “wuss-ification” of America and the “charming” stupidity of political correctness will become things of the past, and that we will once again, with God’s blessings, become a strong and great nation. Let us hope, work, and pray to that end.
December 13, 2016