I've been thinking about the declining lack of common sense in this country. Consider: We tell children that if they break the law, they'll go to jail. But every day, they can see plea bargains, technical mistrials, and rich people with expensive lawyers getting off scott-free. We tell them drugs and booze are bad, then our popular entertainers and sports figures lead lives of glamor and glitz, all the while flouting that axiom. We tell children that a solid education is the foundation for their future, while the quality and value of a public school education continues to decline. We tell our kids that hard work and practical experience are invaluable while the schools are telling them that self-esteem is more important. We tell them that marriage is good, when the divorce rate approaches 40%. With all of the conflicting messages that children receive as they grow up, is it any wonder that many of them are dazed and confused, ill-prepared for a world that actually does demand accountability?