It certainly seems to be lacking these days, what with the aggressive response to students under zero-tolerance policies, belief in government takeovers and foreign-born, closet-Muslim presidents, and listening to media voices like they're more than self-described professionals with god complexes and blatant partisanship. What we need, more than ever, is someone to slap the collective face of our nation, dunk us in some ice cold reality, and wake us up to the irrationality we have allowed to fester in our brains for so long.
What brings this on is the CPAC conference, at which Newt Gingrich says he believes the EPA should be done away with, and replaced with an Environmental Solutions Agency, which would reward technological innovation. Now, if you think about the role of the EPA, and then consider how that role would be filled by an innovation-based program, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Technological innovation sounds to me like Gingrich wants to reward businesses that find more economic ways of ruining the environment. When you look at the stance the GOP has taken on the EPA - that is, anger over suggested regulations that safeguard the environment and the health of Americans - it should be common sense that the GOP solution for replacing the EPA would be equally uncommitted to environmental protection.
Common sense, as I say, is severely lacking in our nation today. Common sense would be to maintain regulations that help protect the health of citizens and the life of our planet. Common sense means allowing taxes to go up for the wealthy who can afford to pay more so that our economy and government will no longer be wallowing in debt. Common sense means understanding that we may not all agree on what is morally permissible or in the best interest of our nation, but that our beliefs should not infringe on someone elses. And common sense means common respect, common decency, and common goals of making this a better country for everyone.