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In Memoriam

October 3, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

This isn't the space where you normally find obituaries printed in our newspapers, but if you'll bear with me for a moment, things will become clearer. The following piece has been around a few years, and as near as I can tell, was first authored in 2015. I haven't ever seen an author's name attached to this missive, but I would really like to shake his or her hand and thank them for speaking the plain truth.

Presented here, then, four your consideration, is an obituary for Common Sense.

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 (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, teenagers 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 had 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 plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil 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 defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your family members.

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, filed a lawsuit 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.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized that he had passed.

If you still remember him, pass this on.

If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Author Unknown

Not much there that one can argue with, is there?

In our rural environment, common sense has always been a huge part of life both on our farms and in our communities. But, as time has marched on, privacy concerns, political correctness, discrimination regulations and the like have seriously limited the good that the use of common sense can accomplish.

Let's all hope that somehow, some way, Common Sense will be able to remain a vital part of everyone's life and our society for all our sakes.



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