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100DC Day 32: Use Common Sense

100 Day Challenge: Use Common SenseAs I write this we are just a few days off from congress passing a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff” that they didn’t read. You can’t blame them for not reading it (they got the 154-page bill three minutes before the vote), but you can certainly blame them for voting in favor of it without knowing the contents.

Add on folks like Al Gore who fly around the world in a private jet and between his multiple mansions…to warn us all that driving our compact cars to work is creating a deadly carbon footprint.

Throw on Michelle Obama, who pushes for regulation and legislation of restaurants for the general public while dictating horrendous heart-clogging meals to the White House chef.

Last year foolishness personified, Nancy Pelosi, gave this infamous statement about the passage of the 1,025 page Obamacare fiasco — also that no one read:

Yet people continue to elect this woman and the boatload of other fools making such blatantly idiotic decisions.

No, it’s not just liberals who lack common sense. There are plenty of conservatives, too. They just aren’t quite as easy  pickings. Case in point, Vice President Joe Biden:

Yea, that’s pretty much what I would do if I was about to go bankrupt. I’d go buy a yacht and a couple of strings of diamonds. And a dark chocolate mine.

The more laws we get — written by witless folks like those above — the more we lose the ability to think. Rather than thinking and responding in ways that will best serve the future, we focus on some very narrow morality defined by the letter of the law and what’s best, for me, right this minute. In today’s goal lesson, Gary Ryan Blair said it beautifully:

In trying to create a law for every situation, we have lost the perspective of principles common to a community of people.

Society’s over-reliance on statutes and regulations as a means to creating a better society, has in fact created its opposite: a system of regulation that precludes good judgment and good sound common sense.

Here’s some common sense for Washington and the rest of us:

  • Read contracts and bills before you sign them.
  • Don’t spend more than you earn.
  • Reducing increased spending isn’t the same as cutting spending.
  • Don’t blame other people for your mistakes.
  • Don’t make someone else pay for your mistakes.
  • If you want to be charitable, use your own money.
  • If you want to be risky, use your own money.
  • If you want to experiment, use your own money.
  • If a program is great, you should be on it, too.

Use common sense in making decisions, dealing with people, running your business. Use common sense when you vote.

Join me in the 100 Day Challenge!

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  • wandaWoo February 5, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Do you think there’s any hope for a return to sanity? I think we’re too far gone. Just look who our “leaders” are. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • LB February 16, 2013, 6:56 am

    I am sad to see that this “challenge” is little more than a platform for the author’s political leanings. It is patently obvious to me that Ms. Smith wants to complain about our current president and his administration, just as much, if not more, than encourage people to grow. Keeping people steeped in anger and frustration does not encourage growth.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 16, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Hello LB.

    It’s always interesting to me when people object to political discourse in the context of other topics. Much like religion, somehow we are expected to compartmentalize the topics that happen to have the greatest impact on every part of our lives. Feel free to disagree with a position I’ve taken, but to promote the idea that a blogger shouldn’t have a position is sublimely nonsensical.

    For example, do you think:

    1. Lawmakers should avoid reading bills before voting?
    2. Lawmakers should vote in favor of bills without knowing the contents?
    3. Lawmakers should be required to pass bills in order to see what’s in them?
    4. People should regulate others in areas where they — by nature of their wealth/position, etc. — aren’t require to comply?
    5. People should buy more things when they are going bankrupt?

    It you do, explain your case? If you don’t, they you have no beef with me, since those are the exact issues I addressed.

    Your characterization is actually false. Had you read a representative sampling of posts in the 100 Day Challenge, you would not find that most have political leanings. But I certainly have no qualms about introducing political statements where they fit (and they fit almost anywhere) and when I have something to say on the subject. (The Challenge itself, actually has a conservative approach, promoting things like self-reliance, integrity, charity, etc.)

    I’m not writing for the sake of pacifying others nor of pretending to be neutral when I’m not for the sake of gaining a following or having people buy my products or services. In fact, most of my web clients are progressives. They know my political leanings and they don’t even mind if I post on their blogs to oppose their positions. We can have adult conversations about political differences.

    In addition, being aware of real problems in our government, having a thorough knowledge of history, and understanding how and why our country became the world power it is is central to continued freedom and prosperity. The notion that addressing the status quo and the enormous problems that come with it is equivalent to just being a big old angry meanie is a common liberal tactic, but irrationally naive.

    On a couple of personal notes (assuming the links I’ve seen gave the right impression):

    You are a musician. Would you be happy if the state of New York regulated piano or vocal music? What if they required you to perform for groups of people you don’t like or disagree with — such as a hall full of gun-toting right wing extremists? What if you were forced to entertain at a pro-life protest outside an abortion clinic? Would you still feel that speaking up about political problems was just “keeping people steeped in anger and frustration”? Would you still see it as antithetical to “growth”?

    I had a great aunt who was a hoarder (albeit an incredibly tidy, organized one) with whom my mother and I spent inordinate amounts of time keeping her from being evicted and having her home declared a fire hazard. Apparently you’ve dealt with this issue as well. Would you support a measure to gut the homes of hoarders? Hoarding is greedy, unsanitary, and hazardous on many levels. Rather than try to manage years and years of cleanup and reversal, would you support a unilateral “hoarder clean up bill” to save resources? What about putting restrictions on hoarders from future consumption? Again, would speaking up against this constitute “keeping people steeped in anger”? Would it prevent growth and progress in personal goals?
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  • Alison Moore Smith February 16, 2013, 12:40 pm

    I most humbly apologize, pardonmoi. From now on I’ll post someone else’s opinions. 😉
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  • pardonmoi February 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Yea, Ms.Smith. How dare you speak your mind on your own blog!

  • SistaYo February 26, 2013, 5:32 pm

    I think LB doesn’t understand blogs! Anyway, I will never understand why so many other blacks and other women support liberal politicians. Their policies hurt minorities and women the MOST. I won’t accept the idea that blacks and women are just generally stupid, because I’m both and I’m not! Stop being fools and think!

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