Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knew for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.  He will be remembered for 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 earn) and reliable strategies (adults and not children are in charge).

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 children.  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 abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as 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, Reason.

He is survived by his five stepbrothers; I know My Rights; I Want It Now; Someone Else is To Blame; I’m a Victim: and Pay me for Doing Nothing.”

The preceding is something for which I wish I could take credit, but cannot.  The only source of attribution is that it reportedly appeared in The London Times.  It’s difficult to believe any such conservative thought could have come from England with prevailing liberal thought that is applied to everything in that country.

In California we continue to vote to allow the state to take even more of the money for which we work so hard or we elect people to represent us who vote to tax us more anyway.  Common Sense?  

Our elected officials push measures that will help empty our jails but place the criminals on the street among us.  Things that were once crimes have been declared non-crimes and our officials proudly point out that crime is down.  That which was once a felony is now a simple misdemeanor.  No wonder we get results like this when we allow government to make the rules and keep score.

The new wave of socialist democrat thinking which so permeates California politics and the newest iteration of Democrat party thinking is filled with happy thoughts and wishful thinking but is sorely short on good old fashioned common sense.  It’s as if an entire segment of our population has lost touch with reality.  There is a criminal element among us and no amount of outreach is going to mellow them—they belong in jail!  No California family should ever be put at risk because of attempts to socially engineer the populace.

One can rest assured the primary reason for Sacramento to want fewer of these miscreants jailed is because the state saves money for other pet projects by turning them loose.  The cost of supporting this criminal element is transferred from the politicians to the citizens of the state who must endure the violent acts perpetrated by this “special class” of California outlaws.  Common Sense?

But, as always, that’s only one man’s opinion.

Fred Hall is publisher of the Sentinel.

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