Uncommon Sense

April 16, 2021

A Retitling of this Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 8:28 am

When I started this blog I was most focused upon the class war, a war we have lost.

The Republican evil geniuses offer no new ideas because they’ve long since succeeded at achieving their three big structural goals — minimizing taxes on the rich and business, minimizing the regulation of business, and minimizing the power of workers. (Kurt Andersen, Medium.com “Why the Republican Party is Doomed”)

I have less and less to say about this topic and find myself writing on different topics and still, from time to time, on the class war.

The new title I have chosen, Uncommon Sense, harkens back to the pamphlet Common Sense, “a 47-page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–1776 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Writing in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government.” (Wikipedia)

I am also advocating for egalitarian government, public education, plus common sense, which seems all too uncommon of late.

Part of the problem is that the internet has expanded greatly the sharing of ideas that were hard to find audiences for in the past, The “keepers of the gates,” the magazine and book editors of days past have been bypassed and we are being inundated by a veritable flood of words, blogs being one form of which requires no vetting before being published.

Realizing that I am my own gate keeper, I will strive to maintain decorum, if that is possible, and also welcome opinions that differ from mine.


  1. How much will common sense cost the taxpayer?


    Comment by Ark — April 16, 2021 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  2. Love your blog, whatever the name.


    Comment by Sylvia — April 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  3. I like the new name.

    An observation: we (collectively) don’t appear very good at enacting big changes (for the good) without first arriving at that decision at the very bottom of a calamity.

    2nd Observation: Republicans in the US have been very good at inventing imaginary calamities to effect the changes they so desire.

    3rd observation: your democratic party better get better at this game and enact sweeping changes immediately.


    Comment by john zande — April 16, 2021 @ 9:19 am | Reply

    • History indicates that there is a short period at the beginning of an administration to “make hay,” as it were. This seems to be underway. whether it continues is whether there are positive benefits from those actions and the admin has some control over the narrative. We’ll have to wait and see.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 16, 2021 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  4. Well … OK. If you say so, but I personally think you’ve contributed a lot of “common” sense in your writings. 👍❤


    Comment by Nan — April 16, 2021 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  5. Love the Paine association! We could use another Thomas Paine. But, we do have a lot of people out there putting commone sense into the interwebs.

    It’s just that the people who come in contact with it, are already pretty much like minded to good sense. It’s the folks who ain’t got good sense we need to reach, and they are under a pile of misinformation bullstuff. Can’t reach them with common sense. Cant reach them with reason. Can’t reach them with a bunker busting fact bomb.

    The people who most need some reason in their lives, seem to be impervious to it. If they were presented with any, they’d probably just go all “deer in the headlights” and blink stupidly with their mouths agape anyway…

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by shelldigger — April 16, 2021 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

    • I think we need to pull together instead of drift apart, which is mainly what we have been doing. Those to whom common sense doesn;’t appeal need to be reached in other ways, maybe with uncommon sense? Can we find it and reach out? Time will tell. We certainly have developed an advanced ability to divide and separate. Apparently a recent study has shown that “birds of a feather flock together” applies oh so well to human beings right now, more so than in the past.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 17, 2021 @ 7:40 am | Reply

      • Well, unfortunately the sort of thing that pulls people of differing views together, in the short term anyway, is some sort of disaster/immediately justifiable war*/or tragedy of enormous consequence.

        Even then it won’t last long.

        We have to figure out how to overcome the lie machine that is right wing media.

        *If there is such a thing.


        Comment by shelldigger — April 17, 2021 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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