On the surface, stories like the Keystone pipeline being compared to presidential decisions to end slavery immediately appear to violate our American common sense. Comparing anything to slavery, except slavery itself or human and sex trafficking – which is another issue that our common sense tells that Leftists would champion and have not – fail in comparison to the horrific reality of actual slavery.
So, has common sense failed?
The continued investigation into Benghazi by Congress being labeled a political witch-hunt – a Republican agenda against President Obama – also appears to violate our common sense. No matter what party controls the White House, common sense says we must find answers to so many obvious problems. To name just a few, a failed understanding of the Arab Spring, not reinforcing the consulate in Benghazi with proper security and infrastructure, leaving Ambassador Stevens and U.S. citizens to die, giving two stand down orders to ready U.S. special forces, ignoring CIA intelligence on AL Qaeda related Islamic extremist, blaming a YouTube video on the attack on the consulate, and then removing all terrorist related intelligence from the official narrative.
Everything within us screams that outside of Washington this negligence would be labeled criminal, not a partisan political ploy to ensure Hillary Clinton does not run for the White House; but that has become the story as uncommon to our senses as it may be.
Has common sense just become uncommon?
Common sense affirms in us that capital is needed to create businesses, new ideas, innovation, which in turn creates jobs. That progressive spending cannot pay off progressive debt and that the debt must be paid or our country will end up in bankruptcy like Greece. Common sense also tells us that access to affordable heath care is a great idea, but that it also must be paid for and that it is impossible to do so with ObamaCare. Common sense also appears to tell us all human beings were created equal before God with certain inalienable rights, but our push for equality of outcomes – over the equality of opportunity – has given us abortion, paralyzed liberty, and the Affordable Housing Act.
Is common sense becoming the problem? Maybe the self-evident truths of our
Founding really are not that self-evident.