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Standing on my soapbox - Common sense

Updated on May 13, 2011

Taking my stance on things

*Climbs on Soapbox*  (For those of you who don‘t understand what this means, it means I have something that needs to get off my chest, standing on a soapbox makes me taller so you all can see me from the crowd) 

Your Attention Please!

“Can I please have your attention? There are a few things on my mind that I just feel the need to get out in the open, just need to get some things off my chest. Common sense people, where has it gone? Didn’t your Momma ever teach you that if you touch something hot you will get burned? I'm sure over the years she gave you good advice and all the cool sayings that came with it. Didn't any of it stick?


Let’s start with a few basics. When you vote for more Government, you get it! Everyone knows that Democrats are for big Government, Republicans are for less. I’m not saying what I am either way, but you have to be careful what you ask for, you just might get it! When they stick their noses in your business, tell you what to do, remember if you voted that way, you asked for it! Quit yer bitchin'.

Your Body, YOUR health

When you eat bad foods, your body is going to hate you! In the process of hating you, it’s going to gain weight, lose muscle, cause diseases etc... Don’t blame the soda pop companies when you become diabetic, it’s your own fault for guzzling a 12 pack of Mountain Dew a day for years! The same goes for all those high sugar energy drinks. Just because it tastes good doesn’t always mean it’s good for you. When you stop at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s or any other fast food place 10 times a week, it’s going to take it’s toll on your body! Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you have to stop and eat!

Eating 50 pounds of food at any given time is going to make you FAT! Eating a chocolate bar a day is going to make you FAT. Drinking a caramel mocha macchiato every day is going to make you FAT. Just because you can afford it, want it or it’s there doesn’t mean you should do it. Moderation people!! Have you ever heard of that? It means ‘once in a while’. NOT EVERY DAY!!


When you have a child and park it in front of the TV, in it’s room or any other place AWAY from you, bad things ARE going to happen! It’s a given. You had it, TAKE CARE OF IT!!! Studies have shown that a who is child reared with Love, discipline and some sort of structure will grow into a decent adult who is responsible for their own actions. Those who are left to their own defenses and are cast aside will more than likely grow up to be criminals or dead. So when you visit your child in prison, or it’s grave don’t say you weren’t’ warned, and quit saying “How could this have happened?”

When you drink or do drugs, your child will emulate you. It’s a given, even if it’s just a temporary use, the child WILL use drugs or drink. If you think that hiding in your bedroom and firing up that fatty is really hiding… THINK AGAIN!! Your kids know. Don’t believe me? Ask them!

Just because you’re in your 30’s and you think that life is passing you by because you spent your 20’s raising kids, let me tell you. A child who is 10 or 12 is NOT raised! They have a lot more years to go before you can say ‘I’ve raised my kids’. So that Friday night and Saturday night partying you’ve been doing really should stop. Just because they’re old enough to go to the cupboard and get a box of crackers/cookies/chips does not mean they can feed themselves.

Just because you’ve worked all week and slaved at the office or whatever job you may have, doesn’t mean that Friday or Saturday night is time for partying! You think you’re deserving of this? Your kids have waited all week for you to come home, have the weekend off and spend it with them. They didn’t wait all week to spend it with a babysitter or in front of the TV scared to death because it’s dark outside, or the noises that frighten them.

So you went 9 months without partying? Your baby is here, 2 weeks old and you want a little action? So what! You really think you did something by giving birth? Now comes the hard part! Stay home, take care of that child! You had it, take responsibility!

When you leave your child with a babysitter you are taking chances with their lives. If you don’t believe me, watch the horror stories on TV regarding the videos parents have gotten from nanny cams. Is that ‘cheap’ sitter really worth the life of your child? If you have leave your child with a sitter, references are a MUST.


So you got yourself a cute little puppy.  Didn’t ANYONE tell you they grow up?  In the process they get into stuff, tear your good shoes up, eat those underwear you left lying around.  Pee on everything!  Poop in your favorite shoes.  Whatever, this is what dogs do.  When dogs hit between 4 and 7 months old their bladders are still small but their pee develops faster.  So accidents WILL happen.  It doesn’t matter if you thought they were potty trained, accidents happen.  Tough it out!  You got the pet, TAKE CARE OF IT!!  Don‘t dispose of it because you got mad at it, because you left it alone for hours on end and it crapped all over your bed.  Plan ahead, get it spayed or neutered, that way when it gets out (and it may!) it won’t get pregnant, or make your neighbors mad because it got their dog pregnant.  Take responsibility!

Quick Buck?

If you want to make some fast money - Rob a bank! Otherwise you’re going to have to work for it. But remember if you rob that bank, you WILL get caught! You will have to do your time in prison. Don’t go telling the Judge that Sweetsusieg told you to rob that bank, she told you to WORK for your money! Any time you commit a crime there is a very good chance you WILL GET CAUGHT. So before you head out to do something bad, ask yourself ‘Is this worth the time I’ll spend in prison?’.

Brilliant - NOT

Stupid Law suits

Quit the stupid law suits! They make it hard for anyone to do anything! Taking a shower or bath with your hair dryer is just plain stupid. Obviously someone did it otherwise the tag wouldn’t be on the cord. When I see the 'intended for use' labels I really have to laugh. Why? Because it is obvious to me that some idiot used it for some other purpose and either sued or attempted to sue.

Now the baby beds with the slide up sides are being pulled off the shelves. It’s a guarantee that someone somewhere didn’t pull it up and lock it in place, because they were too lazy. So now thousands of people are out of work.

McDonald's sure gets it's hit from those would-be law suits. Now some idiot parent wants to sue McDonald's because they are claiming that the Happy Meal toys promote unhealthy children. There is one little word these so called parents need to learn ...'NO'... instead of giving in and feeding that screaming child the Happy Meal they are demanding, tell them 'NO!'... How hard is that? In 5 minutes they will have forgotten what they wanted anyway. That's what kids do, try to get their way, if you tell them 'No' enough they'll get the idea that you are the boss. Besides, if the kid really needs the toy, you can buy it for $1.37 WITHOUT the food!

Oh and By The Way... during the week days McDonald's stops serving breakfast at 10:30! Not 10:35, so when you show up late for breakfast and they don't have anything, don't get mad at the workers. It's not their fault you couldn't get your lazy butt out of bed before the crack of noon.

When they run out of nuggets, DO NOT jump through the window at the workers. Good God, use your brain! Unless of course it is your desire to look like an idiot for the whole world on YouTube. We'll all get a good laugh, at your expense of course.

Judges - This is for you. It's up to you to shut down these frivolous law suits. Start charging the Lawyers, instead of 'contempt of court', charge them for being stupid, wasting the Courts time, costing the City, County, State, Country money. In case you didn't know, they bring in these huge lawsuits because they need a new Mercedes. Be the Judge to close those loop holes!


The days of $27.00 an hour jobs for skilled work such as putting a screw in a hole are at the end.  The money train has run out of track, or if you prefer 'Elvis has left the building'.  It's done, it's over.  These days you are actually going to have to do some work to get paid.

If you don’t do your job, show up late, leave early, complain too much or expect others to do your work, you WILL get fired. It’s a given. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but when the company ‘downsizes’ because you haven’t been pulling your weight, your position will be considered ‘replaceable’. Don’t complain, you brought it on yourself.

Just because you have a Union doesn’t mean you should slack on the job. Keeping people waiting while you are taking a break or lunch and they see you do nothing but playing cards will get you into trouble. Complaints will be made to your company, they will take a look at who was responsible and your name will pop up. You have to remember ‘what’ rolls downhill…

When your work is slovenly because you have a hang over from a weekend of partying, don’t complain when the whole crew has to work mandatory overtime to make up for those bad parts.

When you don’t buy the products your company makes and they then go out of business, whose fault is it? Look in the mirror.


When you get that e-mail saying someone from another country is leaving you gazillions of dollars but they have to hide it from their Government and need your help, OH COME ON!!!!  You can’t REALLY believe that crap can you?  1.  How did they get your e-mail?  2.  Why pick you?  3.  Why not give it to a member of their own family?  So when your bank account gets drained, REALLY whose fault is it?  Who was trying to scam who?

Talking or Texting

Talking or texting on your cell phone while driving WILL eventually cause an accident.  Whether it be with your car or you cause an accident, it will happen.  Is that message REALLY worth the damage or possible life you may cause? Or is the last thing you want your friend to hear is Oh My God!, as your car crashed into another and you die?  You really want to leave them with that?



As your kindergarden teacher once told you 'Let's all put on our thinking caps'.  If this has hurt your feelings, then it is obvious to me that somewhere along the line you have lost your common sense and it's time to get some.

I'm certain that I have forgotten many things in my rant on these subject. In the days to come I may find more common sense issues that need discussing!

Feel free to put your complaints below!

“Thank you for listening.”

*Steps down off soapbox*


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    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 2 years ago from Michigan


    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      A famous philosopher said common sense isn't very common at all.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      It seems to be going on everywhere.... People just can't get past wanting to blame everyone else for thetr own stupidity...

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton

      I agree with you 100%. It's the silly law suits that get me too. It's catching on in the UK now, suing someone just to get insurance money for something trivial that was an accident.

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      CodyWeinberg 6 years ago from Frederick Maryland

      I agree with you on that one...good to hear from you and good Hub =-)

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I try to vote for the best person who has the best ideas. It seems as though we are always going to 'get more than we paid for' when it comes to Government. That comment was derived from another comment that I read on a social networking site. All I heard was gimme, gimme... now that got it, they don't like it...

      If I wrote exactly what I feel, I might look like a Conspiracy Theorist. When it comes to our Government, I do not trust any of them or their motives.

      Thanks for stopping by and voicing your opinion!

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      CodyWeinberg 6 years ago from Frederick Maryland

      I must say though I enjoyed your hub greatly, that your political section (about more government) may be true in a sense but isn't always the case. We vote for Government based on our principles and most of the time get what we ask for but...what about cases like...No Child left behind, or Gay Marriage, or the conservative stance on Separation of church and state (there should be less of it) or Bush's wire taps or the fact that if there had been another attack on the US Bush could have become our dictator (according to the presidential directive number 55) or how conservatives were behind pulling art they found offensive from a national art museum, or the bail out (that Obama gets blamed for but was actually drawn up by Bush) I have to say that we the people have a right to complain when we voted for one thing and got another, when those who run on the principle of less government contradict themselves and start inserting themselves into every area of our lives telling us what we can look at on the internet, or what books we can read, or what god we can worship or who we can marry. If I vote for a republican that runs on the ideal of less government then I want less Government.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Sorry Shalini - Was typing my response when yours came in!

      Feel free to pass it along!.. Gotta get the word out... there are too many people who have lost theirs!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - Love your soapbox!! I have to agree with you! It starts young and continues. Please and Thank you were one of the first things I taught my kids (when they could talk). Then my battle that I chose was "no swearing" at all! It taught them respect. I wanted them to be able to have a civil conversation without cuss words. To this day, they correct ALL of their friends when they come into my home.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hear, hear! clap/clap/clap!! Here's to more hubs on commonsense. May many more read and say, 'Hello Commonsense, Goodbye stupidity'!

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      Lizett 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Well said. I can't say I disagree with any of this. I especially have a hard time finding other mom friends who don't let their toddlers run the household and do whatever they want. Another mom one time tried to convince me that it was odd my 3yr old daughter had table manners. I thought it probably is odd because nobody teaches that anymore- it's more like 'let's have babies and name them cool names after celebrities or other oddities' then forget about the kids. The mother told me that kids should be kids and they don't need table manners yet. And I said, well how do you think they get table manners- they suddenly get them when they're 10 or when they're done being a kid? You start kids when they're young and old enough to understand. My daughter wiping her mouth and being clean at the table and saying excuse me doesn't take away from her childhood, it adds to her adulthood. Don't good habits start early? Listen to me on my soapbox now. Anywaygreat hub! DOn't get me started, wait, you already did.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks! Story is repeated by those in the construction industry...

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Oh my! That is probably the best story I've heard in a long time... Funny stuff!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      "They" do not teach "common sense." It is a rare commodity. It must be an inherited trait. Stupid folks begat stupid youngins with few exceptions...

      I learned common sense the hard way. I was helping my friend build a house. Half of the nails I threw down because the heads were on the wrong end. My friend became "exasperated" and yelled at me, "Why are you throwing away half of those nails? I told him, "...because the heads are on the wrong end." His "common sense" experience kicked in and he shared it with me.

      He "toilet" to me," Stupid, we use those nails for the other side of the wall!"

      I learn common sense everyday, but I forget most of it...

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - Thanks drbj!! What a lovely poem! I know, I'm probably preaching to the choir here at HubPages. But I keep hoping... that one day... someone somewhere will look at what I have to say and think "Oh! That's been my problem!!"

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Here is a poem dedicated to you. susie, for your soapbox stand on common sense:

      It used to be when I met folks who lacked common sense,

      My chin would drop all the way to the floor.

      How can they behave like that? Don't they know where it's at?

      But I don't have that problem any more.

      When common sense was handed out, They were all behind the door.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I guess I've pussy-footed around enough with some of my other Hubs, I felt it was time to yell a bit...

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I enjoyed reading your hub. I am always preaching about common sense and logic, but you're are a bit more forceful than i am.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Dave - Oh yeah!... You got that right! For years there was the fear of God's reprisal, due to today's so called 'intelligence' of discovery, most people question God. There is no fear. As a youngster my Mom's friend would say "God's gonna get you for that" when I'd done something wrong. That put fear into me. People have quit saying that for fear of offending those non-believers... I say tough beans... don't like it don't listen but...'God's gonna get you for that!'...

      CMerritt - Thank You!! Cyber High Five back at ya!!

      Thank you both for stopping by and commenting!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Sweetsusieg, you just received a huge fan! I too, think common sense has been lost. It is such a simple gift that God gave us, and yet so many people do not even realize they have it...they just refuse to use it.

      I would like to extend a cyber HIGH FIVE to you!

      I like it!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Sweetsusieg: stupidity runs amok everywhere. Commonsense is no more. Life is no longer about what one "needs" but others have it so I "want". Satan is having a huge lol as we wander aimlessly through life totally ignoring God and everything that is truly important in life. The people of the world are demanding more, bigger, and better, with no concern as to if it is truly needed or worth it.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      That is what it seems to have come to!! Gimme, gimme, you get nothing in return.. The selfishness that is abounding is remarkable! I just look around in wonder, half the time I'm sure my mouth is 'catching flies' when I see it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is a Great Hub! You are right! The world is not Wal Mart, you can't just go down the isle of like pointing and saying, "I want that", or "fix that" while I stand my ass in line and complain. Engage brain, unlock elbow, apply grease! Write on! Voted up

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for your words! We just need to use our brains a little more.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      I really like this and yes Take Care of It, whatever that Is in your life. Take Responsibility for your actions, words, deeds, misdeeds, etc. Just love everyone even if it seem illogical. The ego gets in our way and we need to grow up. Amen

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL ahorseback - Nah, not run for office .. I wouldn't fit the job, because I tell the truth whether anyone wants to hear it or not! LOL Instead of saying 'Oh the economy is picking up'... I'd have to say 'Well folks, the economy is pretty much in the toilet and you only have yourselves to blame!'... Somehow or another I don't think I'd get the popular vote!! LOL

      Stephanie - Yes, it was wasn't it? I actually toned it down a bit, cut out all the swear words I wanted to use! Some of the things just makes me want to 'reach out and touch someone'... real hard... I've pretty much quit watching the news because I get so upset at the stupidity that goes on... I do lots of Luckily I can laugh at myself as my face gets red and the veins pop out of my neck!!

      When my head quits hurting from this rant I can get started on the next...

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Well, that was quite a rant! If only the people who need to hear it actually read it and stop to think.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Sweetsusieg, and we wait with baited breath for more ! Are you gooing to run for office now. Lol.