Sunday, July 13, 2008


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;
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 charge.

His health began to deteriorate 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 Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid 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 the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault. He began to lose ground 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 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; his wife, Discretion; his Daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.


Anonymous said...

Dave, this was/is an excellent read. I,too, mourn the demise of Common Sense. We've all died a little because of this.

LeePro (Memphis)

Anonymous said...

Dear Tennessee Dave:
I really like this, and also what you posted on Michelle Malkin's site about the protests in San Francisco against Israel. It is GREAT to see that some people think the way me and my family do, here in Indiana, and I hope around this country! People need to get back to basics, because we are in for a tough ride as the world gets worse and worse! Thank you for speaking out and standing up for the principles that built our country and created the best civilization the world has ever seen. We cannot let this be destroyed, especially from within! Kudos to you for your blogs and your site...

Bloomington, IN