Common Sense

A couple weeks ago, I pulled this book off my shelf.    As most of you know, I’m a huge Glenn Beck fan and an even bigger fan of the Founding Fathers.     This book is a brilliant combination of the two.    

Below the picture of this book is the Introduction written by Glenn.   I love the first sentence.   He’s says…”I know who you are.”    If you’ve ever read my blog and wonder how I feel about the politics and some of life in general, well Glenn knows me.   He describes me (and my hubby)  pretty well.      There are a few points that REALLY ring true.   I’m going to highlight those for emphasize.  

One of the first sentences says “On September 11, 2001, you thought our country had changed for the better”.   I not on board with that statement, but every sentence that follows rings true. 

Words by Thomas Paine..”The Almighty implanted in us these inextinguishable feelings for good and wise purposes.   They are the guardians of His image in our heart.   They distinguish us from the heard of common animals.”

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

  Thomas Paine authored the original essay entitled “Common Sense”.   It was read out loud to  the colonial army at Valley Forge by order of General George Washington.  




I think I know who you are.
After September 11, 2001, you thought our country had changed for the better. But the months that followed proved otherwise. We began to divide ourselves and the partisan bickering that had been absent from blood donor lines and church services started all over again.
You sometimes argue with friends about politics, not because you are a political activist, but because you think the issues are actually important. You have strong beliefs, but you also have an open mind and a warm heart.
You try to do the right thing every day. You work hard, you always try to do your best, and you play by the rules.
You have credit cards, but you can make the payments. You have a home, but with a loan you can afford. Maybe you bought a flat-screen television that wasn’t exactly a necessity, but you’ve never been reckless.
You don’t have much in savings and your retirement plans have lost a significant amount of money.
You may go to church, but most weekends, you don’t really want to — you’d rather sleep in or play with your kids. Besides, it bothers you that people cut each other off in the parking lot right after the service.
You have children and, like all families, you also have your share of problems — but you’re making it. You constantly hope that your kids don’t notice you’re bluffing as a parent most of the time.
You feel like there’s not enough time in the day anymore to just be a family. Everyone is always going in six different directions. You know material things don’t matter, but you wonder why it makes you feel like a bad parent if your kids don’t have certain shoes, the newest video games, or aren’t signed up for five different sports teams.
You didn’t have anywhere near the kind of stuff that today’s kids have and yet you look back on your childhood with a sense of nostalgia and pride. If your family was poor, you didn’t know it.
You turn on the television at the end of a long, tiring day and watch as endless analysts in left/right boxes argue about things done by bankers that, in retrospect, now seem implausible. You’re worried about what’s happening to our economy, but you’re more worried about what it means for your family — and you’re not sure what to do.
You try to tune out the bickering by watching an entertainment show — but there are times when you’re uncomfortable watching them with your kids. You’re not a prude, but you happen to think that a three-year-old shouldn’t be watching shows that treat sex lightly and mock mothers and fathers. But what can you do? The other shows are worse.
You’ve taught your children the difference between right and wrong, yet they come home with language and habits that they didn’t learn from you. You’re shocked to hear what they’re learning in school — but you don’t make a fuss because they’re the “professionals” and you don’t want to be one of “those people” anyway. You don’t cherish conflict; you just want everyone to get along.
You don’t hate people who are different than you, but you stopped expressing opinions on sensitive issues a long time ago because you don’t want to be called a racist, bigot, or homophobe if you stand by your values and principles.
You believe in treating people justly and honestly but there is a difference between right and wrong.
You go to bed exhausted almost every night, knowing you have to get up the next day and do it all over again.
You thought that the politicians you supported and defended cared about the issues you do. Then you began to realize that you were wrong — they only care about themselves and their careers. You feel used and betrayed.
You don’t think it’s right that while you worked hard, lived prudently, and spent wisely, those who did the opposite are now being bailed out at your expense. You realize now that self-serving politicians and bankers built our financial system on a house of cards that, despite the cheery promises and rosy forecasts, is now collapsing.
Now our government, the instigator of our problems, is telling everyone that they have to start sacrificing. Don’t they understand that I already have been, you think. You weren’t the one spending too much or living on money you didn’t have. You made decisions rooted in logic while others made decisions rooted in greed — yet now everyone must pay equally?
Yet, despite all of that, you’re still willing to sacrifice more because you want America to succeed. But you demand a plan that’s based on common sense and that actually has a chance to work.
You’ve called your congressman a few times in the past, but they don’t listen. Now you just scream at the television. It’s about as effective as the phone calls.
The light from the television flickers on the darkened room walls — people at tea parties across the nation fill the screen. You don’t know how to feel. You want to do something, but that isn’t you. You’re not an activist. You don’t make signs or chant: “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” So, you turn off your light and go to sleep.
Every night it seems you are faced with a choice: Do you unplug or do you speak out? Both of those options make you uncomfortable so you do neither…and your frustration continues to grow.
The First Step out of Our Comfort Zone
The fastest way to be branded a danger, a militia member, or just plain crazy is to quote the words of our Founding Fathers. I imagine that this is because words have consequences and the words and ideas that those men shared were revolutionary:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
It is not time to dissolve the bands that connect us to one another, but it is time to dissolve the “political” bands that separate us from one another. Even if we disagree on politics, the phrase “I am an American” is not just a collection of words, it is the embodiment of an idea, one that has power only because “We the People” give it power. But somewhere along the way we’ve forgotten that, so we feel small and helpless as our country drifts away.
Perhaps what we need is a reminder. A reminder of who we are, who is really in control, and, most important, a reminder of how we got to a place that bears less and less resemblance to the America we remember from our childhoods. Let us start by doing what we’ve been trained for so long not to: let us declare the causes that unite us.
Supplementary materials copyright © 2009 by Mercury Radio Arts, Inc.

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7 Responses to Common Sense

  1. Lisa says:

    It’s a sorry state of affairs alright, worldwide. I know some young people in Ireland who spent up big when the economic boom was on, and now they a stuck with big mortgages, high unemployment and depreciated property values. One guy I spoke to likened it to the famine, only worse because at least when the Irish immigrated due to the famine, they could start a new life. Fresh Start. The young ones in this predicament say they have left their home country and still have the hugh debts to pay. There is no fresh start.

    I did read last week that Apple is bringing some manufacturing back to the States. I see this as a hugh positive. Big companies don’t do this because they are “nice”; they’re forecasting that they see it being economically beneficial, to manufacture quality products in the US again. Good news.

    Have you read any Mark Steyn Pam?

  2. rmprudolph says:

    Hey Lisa,
    I hope you are ready for Christmas. Are you going to visit your hubby’s family this year for the holidays?
    You know, it’s easy to pin the blame on our politicians, but it’s hard to blame the global problems on one country’s leaders. I have a tendency to think that problems are just in the US, but it’s sad to hear that they are world wide. That doesn’t give room for much hope for the future.
    I just read about Apple bringing jobs here today. They are starting a location here for manufacturing laptops.
    Question: I saw something that you either liked or posted on Facebook the other day about a little boy that was missing in Australia. I think his name was Daniel Muscombe. I’m not sure if that’s correct. That was so sad. I’ve thought of that family several times since watching that slideshow. Is that boy still missing or has his body been found?
    I will be looking up Mark Steyn as soon as I log off from this page. What is your favorite book? I’m always looking for a great book to read.

    • Lisa says:

      Not ready for Christmas yet, thankfully I’ve got a few days off work before the event :). We aren’t going to Ireland this year. Gerry’s sister is coming out here in January, so we are all looking forward to seeing her and her husband Richard.

      Daniel Morcombe was a 13 year old boy who lived on The Sunshine Coast (general area where we live). On 7th on December 9 years ago, he disappeared after he embarked on a journey to the local shopping mall to buy Christmas presents for his family. It’s very tragic because there are a lot of ‘if onlys’. His twin brother decided not to take the trip with Daniel as they has spent a busy morning picking passionfruit, and he was too tired to accompany him. Also, the bus was full so the bus driver drove past Daniel who was waiting at the bus stop. Witnesses say that they saw Daniel talking to a man leaning on a blue car at the bus stop…

      So for all these years, no one knew what happened to Daniel. His parents have been tireless campaigners for ‘stranger danger’ , visiting schools to educated the children. They have also pushed and pushed to open a coronial inquest to investigate Daniels disappearance. They finally got all their inquest (about 3 years ago) and all these suspects came out of the woodwork. Frankly, it was disgusting and concerning just how many pedophiles there are getting about out there.

      Then suddenly about October 2011 on a tip, the police started searching a forest near the Glasshouse Mountains. First they found a trainer Daniel was wearing , and then they started finding bones. Daniel had been found. Ironically the place they finally found Daniel was within 100m of the road that Denise and Bruce Morcombe drove past on their way home from a Christmas function the day that Daniel disappeared. So sad, what he must have suffered.

      Since then Daniel’s bones were sent to New Zealand for DNA testing, while the procecutors build a case against the guy they arrested. The Morcombes just want their little boy’s remains back so they could give him a funeral. They have started court case and just a week ago the judge suprisingly realeased Daniel’s remains to his family. He was buried on the 9th year anniversary of his disappearance.

      Daniel holds a special place in a lot of Australian’s hearts. As do his parents, Denise and Bruce Morcombe. Being a twin I also really feel for Daniels twin brother as well.

      I think my all time favourite book is called Trinity, by Leon Uris. It’s about the conflict in Northern Irleand written as an historical novel told through the eyes of several generaltions of 3 families. I first read this book many, many years ago and it is coincidentally set in a locaction about 40 minutes from where Gerry grew up.

      What is your favourite book?

      • rmprudolph says:

        At least that family has some closure. Can you imagine anything worse than one of your kids disappearing? I don’t know how families that have experienced that kind of trajedy make it through.
        About a year and a half ago a 10 month old baby disappeared from a small town in Missouri. Her name is/was Lisa Irwin. The story goes that she was taken from her bed during the night. There was suspisions about the mother. She has yet to be found. I was totally consumed by that story.
        I checked out a book by Mark Steyn from the library. It’s called “After America”. It’s waiting on my Ipad. 🙂
        I like historical fiction. My favorite book right now is called “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I am curious about your favorite book. I will look it up on Amazon.

  3. Lisa says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention. The Morcombe link on my facebook page is the tribute Denise and Bruce played at Daniel’s funeral on Friday

  4. rmprudolph says:

    “Trinity” by Leon Uris is not available in a Kindle edition. 🙂 I’m going to have to read a real book made with paper and glue. Just like the good ol’ days. 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    Yes, I can’t imagine the pain these parents who lose their children must go through… I think about the McCanns in England too, they haven’t had any closure as wee Maddie is still missing.

    I have After America to read, but I haven’t got around to it yet, we can have discussions as we go :). Wow, I can’t believe they don’t have Trinity in kindle. I hope you like it! I will put Redeeming Love on my list too!

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