We’re sad to say that one of this country’s greatest defenders of freedom, justice and constitutional guarantees passed away recently. His presence as a leading force in the struggles to keep America great were fought so predictably and quietly that the efforts went essentially unappreciated in the main stream media and today’s “I want it right now and free” generation. Common Sense was seen as a basic part of the American experience until recently it wasn’t.

Common Sense died of a broken heart, quietly and alone after a generation of poorly educated and spoiled Americans began to chip away at his very reason for existing. The following is a modified reprint of Common Sense’s obituary:

Today, we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who had been with for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fan,fare, whooping and hollering.

Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.

C.S. Also developed sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies ( the adult is in charge, not the kid), and prudent dietary plans.

A veteran of the industrial revolution, the Great Depression, the technological revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. Survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men’s movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.’s health began to fail in the late 1960’s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus.

In the following decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations as well as an oppressive tax code.  C.S. Was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional sports.

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