AmericasUncommonSense.com considers current national issues from the viewpoint of the Founders of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, and related correspondence of their times clearly enshrine the intent of these remarkable, knowledgeable, and courageous Americans. Through these interdependent statements, the Founders created the greatest form of republican government yet devised and provided straightforward guidance on how to preserve for our progeny their “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”— Harrison H. Schmitt
Horace Greeley, the 19th Century newspaper editor, political reformer and presidential candidate once noted, “Common sense is very uncommon.”
Josh Billings, another 19th Century writer, was a little more specific. Billings, a humorist who in his day was nearly as well-known as Mark Twain, described common sense as “the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”
At the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, common sense seems to be very uncommon, indeed. We are at a critical crossroads in America’s history. This Great Nation’s future hangs in the balance. It is dependent upon America’s voters “seeing things as they are” and America’s leaders “doing things as they ought to be done.”
At the birth of the United States more than two centuries ago, it seems common sense was a little more common. In any event, it was present in abundance at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. America’s Founders were uncommonly wise and insightful. And it is to The Founders and that greatest of all political documents — the Constitution of the United States — that we can now find the wisdom and good sense to guide us through the stormy waters of today toward a bright and better tomorrow.
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