The public continue talking about certain people in our government being dishonest and not having any common sense. We see obituary – after obituary – written about America having lost its common sense values.
Taking a look at the election in Iowa – shall we print America’s obituary? Or, do you think we can revive America? Do you think common sense can be brought back to life in America?
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 lost long ago to bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
-Knowing when to come in and out of the rain.
-Why the early bird gets the worm.
-Why life isn’t fair.
-And maybe it was my fault.
Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but over-bearing regulations were set in place, such as:
-Reports of a six-year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate.
-Teens suspended from school for using mouth wash after lunch.
-A teacher was 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 to disciplining their unruly children.
It 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 you could not defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. (This law has been changed and we can now defend our homes.)
Common sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
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 step-brothers: I KNOW MY RIGHTS, I WANT IT NOW, SOMEONE ELSE IS TO BLAME, and I AM A VICTIM.
So, the question is – can we get common sense back in our country?