An obituary you should read...the death of Common Sense

An Obituary printed in the London Times........ Interesting and sadly
rather true.

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 can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in

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

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

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 couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

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,

He is survived by his 4 distant cousins who are fighting over his estate. They are:
II Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If
you still remember him, pass this obituary on. If not, join the majority and do


is that the same common sense...

...that tells us to lower the tailgates on our pickup trucks for better aerodynamics?

the same common sense that tells us that if people on food stamps would just get jobs and spend their money the same way as the rest of us that they wouldn't need "the gubmint" to help them out?

the same common sense that makes people think sarah palin knows what she's talking about?

i will be attending that funeral...because until i look in the coffin and see the body, i'm not yet willing to believe the happy news.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

I don't think so...

Common sense and GOP political bullshit are not one and the same.

Stan Bozarth

i should clarify...

..that this is hardly a gop phenomenon.

galileo suffered from the administration of "common sense", "common sense" once told people that "soup can art" isn't art...and it was "common sense" that allowed xerox to develop the entire infrastructure needed to put computers on the desktop...and then to fail to market the products that would have made them apple and microsoft and cisco and 3com, had they chosen to do so.

to put it another way, common sense is all too often the box that people have so much trouble thinking "out of".

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965