OBITUARY For Mr. COMMON SENSE!
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the name of 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 long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes,
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,
"new math." But his health declined when he
infected with the
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
when schools endlessly implemented zero-tolerance
policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged
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
even further when schools had to get parental
to administer aspirin to a student but could not
the parent when a
female student was pregnant or wanted 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 the
Boy Scouts to professional sports. Finally, when a woman failed 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
of logic but was kept informed of developments
regarding questionable regulations such as those
low flow toilets, rocking chairs, and
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.
* Author Unknown
**I don't suffer from insanity...
I enjoy every minute of it! **
James H. Leggett Sr.
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