Monday, October 22, 2007
IS MR COMMON SENSE DEAD?
London Times Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense - Thursday, 15 Feb 2007Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who hasbeen with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since hisbirth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will beremembered 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 morethan you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are incharge).His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned butoverbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boycharged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended fromschool for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimandingan unruly student, only worsened his condition..Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the jobthat they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consentto administer sun lotion or an Elastoplast to a student; but could notinform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have anabortion.Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments becamecontraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received bettertreatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn'tdefend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sueyou for assault.Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed torealise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in herlap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; hiswife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He issurvived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, SomeoneElse Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If youstill remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.And a little extra...Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 600employees and has the following statistics?29 have been accused of spouse abuse7 have been arrested for fraud19 have been accused of writing bad cheques117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses3 have done time for assault71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit4 have been arrested on drug-related charges8 have been arrested for shoplifting21 are currently defendants in lawsuits84 have been arrested for drink driving in the last yearWhich organisation is this?It's the 635 members of The House of Commons, the same group that cranks outhundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.