Jan 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm #1254571
george carrBPL Member
@hammer-oneLocale: Walking With The Son
Just saw this today:
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense.
Common Sense lived a long life but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. 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 and offices, 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, the early bird gets the worm, and 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 feminism, 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 overbearing federal regulation.
He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers and enlightened auditors. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies, reports of six-year-old boys 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. It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but cannot inform the parent when the female student is pregnant or wants an abortion.
Finally, 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 Boy Scouts to professional sports.
As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments, regarding questionable regulations for asbestos, low flow toilets, "smart" guns, the nurturing of Prohibition Laws and mandatory air bags.
Finally when told that the homeowners association restricted exterior furniture only to that which enhanced property values, he breathed his last.
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 three stepbrothers: Rights, Tolerance and Whiner.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.Jan 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm #1566915
Adrian BBPL Member
@adrianbLocale: Auckland, New Zealand
This is a good relevant article from this week's Economist.Jan 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm #1566925
@dharmabumpkinLocale: San Gabriel Mtns
If you have an idealized vision of the past you suffer from a skewed vision of 'reality'. Society has its winners and losers, most people end up somewhere in the middle.
At least Common Sense "survived" feminism right?
And the damned federal regulation, lets deregulate! Oh wait.. we deregulated banks by removing the Glass–Steagall Act and they went belly-up? Oops.
Griping about your homeowners association? Many people WISH they had this problem because then theyd have a house.
And I assume you mean to say at the end that Rights and Tolerance are things we must put up with now that Common Sense died?
What was the point of this post again?Jan 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm #1566931
@dharmabumpkinLocale: San Gabriel Mtns
Linking to the Economist was a good display of Common Sense. A sober-minded survey of the present predicament that is not left or right. The last paragraph sums it up:
“The question that we ask today”, said Barack Obama in his inaugural address, “is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” This is clearly naive: with deficits soaring, nobody can afford to ignore the size of government. Mr Obama’s appeal for pragmatism has some value: conservative attempts to roll back government regulations have led to disaster in the finance industry. But left-wing attempts to defend entitlements and public-sector privileges willy-nilly will condemn the state to collapse under its own weight. Policymakers will not be able to give a serious answer to Mr Obama’s question of whether “government works” without first asking themselves some more fundamental questions about what the state should be doing and what it should be leaving well alone."
What ever happened to Keynesianism? I think I read its called Socialism now. But hey, its common sense that its easier to let Glen Beck think for you than to think for yourself.
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