Common Sense and the 2016 Election

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This is the 70th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad.


A best seller in 1776 was Tom Paine’s “Common Sense”.
Maybe someone should do a 1985 update.
You have may decisions to make every day.
Just weigh your answer against the simple question,
“Does it make good, common sense?”
If it does, do it.
If it doesn’t, don’t.
Common sense says,
don’t smoke when you’re filling you’re gas tank.
Don’t run through red lights.
Don’t overeat.
Don’t spend more than you make.
Don’t vote for Donald Trump.

Common sense is sometimes called horse sense.
For good reason.
Have you ever seen a horse at the $2 window betting on how fast a person can run?


It’s amazing what foresight some people can have.

Have you ever looked carefully at the front page of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, and observed what his fifth “bullet point” was?

Or how about Harry Gray reinforcing Paine’s words with his admonition regarding your voting duties this election?

The message from Paine and Gray is perfect for the opening night of the Democratic Convention, and could serve as the theme for week.

So I’ll just add my two cents, dare I say common sense, to the words echoed by Thomas Paine and Harry Gray:

Don’t vote for Donald Trump.

P.S. Just watched Cory Booker knock it out of the park. We will rise!

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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