It's Only Common Sense


By Tom Tillison
Florida Political Press

Common Sense…

Merriam-Webster Online defines common sense as beliefs or propositions that most people consider prudent and of sound judgment, based upon what they see as knowledge held by people “in common”.

In 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet ‘Common Sense’ had the largest circulation of any book in American history in large part because he wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood.

The tea party came into being in the early spring of ’09 because average Americans knew it was time for common sense solutions to the vast array of problems facing this nation.

Two years later and none the worse for wear, the tea party has seen it’s fair share of victories. Perhaps the biggest of all being that the very debate taking place in government today is not over whether or not we should cut but on how big the cuts will be.

But have we advanced as a nation in the application of common sense during this time? Are we as a people demanding prudent and sound judgment from our elected officials?

America has spent it’s treasure, used up or killed off it’s seed corn and has become the world’s greatest debtor nation. The state of our politics has devolved into little more than political theater of the absurd and the once reliable watchdog known as the media long ago ceased performing that vital role. We compromise our sovereignty for political gain and welcome the enemy to our shores, even sustaining them as they take advantage of our laws and our benevolence to plot our very demise.

Where’s the common sense in that?

Our elected officials tell us how complicated the problems are. They tell us in so many words that we just don’t understand how the process works. They caution us not to expect too much. All the while, special interest groups and lobbyists pump millions of dollars into their coffers and receive ten times the payout in favorable legislation. And those who write the rules call this ‘free speech’.

Where’s the common sense in that?

Hours away from a possible shut down of government, we see the President of the United States fly to New York to help shore up African American support for the 2012 election, then return to Washington and declare the need for a “sense of urgency”.

The shut down looming because the Democrats refused to pass a budget with a $1.3 trillion deficit in an election year when they were already facing record defeat – a budget of their own making. Yet, these individuals now have the audacity to stand before the American people and champion themselves as “doing the work of the people”.

Where’s the common sense in that?

As we the people of this great nation gather once again on April 15th, for the third consecutive year, we must understand that our work is not done. In fact, it has only just begun.

Two years have passed. We are tired. In many cases, we have sacrificed beyond the tipping point. But America still stands in dire need.

I submit that we have yet to reach our ‘Valley Forge’. That moment when character is all that we have left to guide us. We can be grateful that we are not asked to walk barefoot in the snow, our ravaged feet leaving a trail of blood as we march toward an uncertain fate. We can be confident in the knowledge that the worst we may endure are dishonest, personal and vicious verbal attacks from the Left.

There are many who believe that 2012 may very well be our last chance to hold on to the country our Founding Fathers created. We should be thankful that the challenges we face today, as dire as they may be, do not require of us the kind of sacrifices made by these men. What is does require is our best effort and our willingness to believe in common sense solutions over politically motivated rhetoric.

And why shouldn’t we believe that? After all, it’s only common sense.