By Gerry Barker
July 27, 2018
Today, the closing of nominations to our October civic election, we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense, whose existence has been with us for many years. His age was lost in bureaucratic red tape that has taken over our lives.
His memory will remain with us and have cultivated valuable lessons such as:
* Knowing when to come out of the rain;
* Why the early bird gets the worm;
* Life isn’t always fair;
* And perhaps it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies such as:
* Don’t spend more than you can earn;
* Adopt reliable strategies including adults, not children, are in charge;
* Just getting out to vote.
Our old friend’s health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Here are some reports that evidence the loss of individuality and accountability:
* The case of the six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
* Teacher faced with dealing with disruptive children with few methods of disciplining the noisy classroom disruptions;
* The Ontario government decreeing that no child can fail because it might destroy their self-esteem;
* Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing their job while failing to do theirs by applying discipline to their unruly children.
* Teachers are warned not to hug or touch their students.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his five stepbrothers:
* I know my rights
* I want it now
* Someone else is to blame
* I am a victim
* Pay me for doing nothing
Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment that their victims, even when incarcerated.
In many Ontario towns and cities, Common Sense lost the battle by elected officials conducting the public’s business behind closed doors with the complicity of senior professional staff.
Starting to ring some bells?
Common Sense’s legacy has been destroyed by apathy, ignorance, and it’s not my job to be uninformed and aware.
Public participation is the prescription for true freedom, freedom of expression without executive reprisal, freedom to be an individual, to live with the rule of law, to work, love and pray for a better life for your family. Having the freedom to accept those things you cannot change or control. Freedom to remember and honour the people you love and those who came before us in both war and peace.
Unfortunately, not many attended Common Sense’s funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, joinm the majority and do nothing.