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 fanfare, 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, D.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.

His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies.  Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended after using Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. Drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toiled and mandatory air bags.  Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. Was declared code blue.  The final straw came when a 29-year old ex-bartended who the people of New York elected to the United States Congress declared the world would end in 12-years unless we spent 93 trillion on asinine fixes and Democrats throughout government joined her.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion, one daughter, Responsibility, and one son, Reason.  He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the institute for Rational Thought.  Farewell, Common Sense.  May you rest in peace.

The preceding is a modified, excerpted version of an essay, which was originally written by Lori Bergman back in 1998.  It is a relatively easy extrapolation to see just how ridiculous this has become since it was first penned.  Political correctness, gender identification and hundreds of other examples of liberal interpretations have so clouded the thinking of today’s society as to become patently dumb—there is no other description.

Although, simply reflecting on the results of this shift in public attitude, it becomes even scarier for those of you reading this column here in California.

California has become the very paradigm for stupid ideas across this entire nation. Want an example?  Over the decades, California has passed more than $149 billion in water bonds and now the state is toying with the idea of taxing our drinking water.  Water is an essential in life.  The state should have no control over it.  We wonder what they will do when they discover the human body is, on average, about 60 percent water.  Will that water contained in your body be another source of taxation?

Your next question would be, what about the air we breathe?  Too late!  There are already 35 air districts in California as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles and an unknown number of miscellaneous others who tax and control the air we rely on for life.

People who are here illegally, according to the state, are entitled to drivers licenses, public welfare, medical care and, we believe, the ability to vote.  Their presence costs California taxpayers about $25 billion a year and the Democrat party wants the border open to allow even more access to the freebies that citizens are expected to provide.  Where in the world is the common sense in that?

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

Fred Hall is publisher of the Dinuba Sentinel.

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