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Passing of an old friend
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> Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the name of Common Sense.
> Common Sense lived a long life but died recently in the United States. No
> one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago
lost
> in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in
> schools, hospitals, homes, and factories helping folks get jobs done
> without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and
> frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with
> cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the
rain,
> why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair. Common
> Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you
> earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the
> kids), and it's okay to come in second. A veteran of the Industrial
> Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common
> Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing,
> whole language, and "new math." But his health declined when he became
> infected with the "If-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus. In
> recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well
> intentioned but overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people
> became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His health rapidly deteriorated when
> schools endlessly implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of a
> six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a
> teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher
> fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. It
> declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to
> administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a
> female student was pregnant or wanted an abortion.
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> Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became
> contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better
treatment
> than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from the
> Boy Scouts to professional sports. Finally, when people, too stupid to
> realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, were awarded a huge
> settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.
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> As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept
> informed of developments regarding questionable regulations such as those
> for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, and stepladders. 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 two
> step siblings: My Rights, and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral
> because so few realized that Common Sense was gone...
 

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Unfortunately, Chief, we've seen that all too often..... it seems to be totally gone these days, perhaps never to return.
 

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I was reminded that it is the reason we hunt and why we enjoy the honesty of it all. God's world is straight and true and nature reminds us of this. We try to teach all the people we meet and especially our children that the things mentioned in that story are alive and well in our hunting world.
 

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Indeed Chief!

Thanks for the posting! You again are right about our being in touch with God when we go afield... kind of like God intended. He gave us not only the stewardship of the earth and that responsibility, he also gave us dominion over it.

It's a sad day when the mainstream court of public opinion puts more value on an old-growth Douglas Fir tree, or a Spotted Owl, or Spotted Seal than an unborn child.

Perhaps if more kids were introduced to the great outdoors, and could see for themselves the infinite handiwork of God's creation, it would be easier to lead them to an understanding of God's word, and it's relevence to not only everyday affairs of life, but to their own being, and ultimately their own eternity.

God Bless,

Marshall
 
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