> > OBITUARY-
> >
> >
> > 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 earn) and reliable parenting
> > strategies (adults, not children are in charge).
> >
> > His health began to deteriorate rapidly when
> > well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in
> > place. Reports of a six-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 they themselves failed to do in disciplining
> > their unruly children. It declined even further when schools
> > were required to get parental consent to administer Aspirin,
> > sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but could not
> > inform the 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 you couldn't legally defend yourself
> > from a burglar in your own home and the
> > burglar can 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; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
> > Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three
> > stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame,
> > and I'm a Victim.
> >