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    Obituary of Common Sense

    Obituary of Common Sense

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, by the name of common

    Common Sense lived a long life, but died in the United States from heart
    failure on the beginning 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, factories, helping folks get jobs done without
    fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and
    frivolous lawsuits had no power over Common Sense.

    He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come
    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
    that 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
    Technical 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

    It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to
    administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parents 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 their 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 and 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 the low flow of toilets, rocking chairs, and stepladders.

    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

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    Last edited by SYNERGYN; 10-01-2002 at 08:15 PM.

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    Damn, I miss him.
    Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way. B*tchin' about it ain't helpin'.

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    WOW! That is SO TRUE! I miss him too.

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    ..sad but true

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