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Common Sense as a Politicians Claim>
Mostly in elections at the local and county levels, area politicians often claim their possession of common sense makes them the best candidate for the position they are running for. I disagree and believe that uncommon sense is a more valid characteristic for those seeking to get in on the development of policies affecting us all.
Anyone with common sense can sit on his porch, watching the sunrise in the east and set in the west, could always believe, as everyone did until a Polish astronomer named Copernicus (born in 1473) declared otherwise, that the sun went around the earth every 24 hours. Common sense believed that and in the 16th Century, an Italian named Galileo reinforced the idea that the earths rotation on its axis brought the sun into view at sunrise and out of view at sunset, and that the earth went in a huge orbit around the sun at a distance of about 92 million miles, once every 365 1/4 days.
The prevailing belief that the sun went around the earth every 24 hours was part of church doctrine, and Galileo was condemned by the church and placed under house arrest for the last 8 years of his life and he was lucky his head wasnt cut off. Common Sense won out decisively, despite Galileos scientific findings with the newly invented telescope. It took until 1992 for the church to formally acknowledge its error in condemning Galileo. So the earths orbit around the sun and its rotation on its axis was finally recognized by ecclesiastical authority. Science prevails over common sense in many ways.