The Norman Transcript


March 7, 2014

I miss the good old America

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I miss America.

I miss waking up in a country where I was free to practice my religion because my country thought that freedom of religion was important.

I miss the security I felt when I believed the right to keep and bear arms wouldn’t be infringed upon.

I miss a time when people were free to disagree about things without being told they are intolerant, hate-filled or simply afraid of anything different than themselves.

I miss being able to tell someone “no” without involving lawyers, social media or national news.

I miss a time when common sense, common respect and common decency were common and not just some nostalgic remnant of a bygone era.

I miss being able to treat people with respect and dignity because I am respectful and dignified.

I miss being a part of a country willing to stand together and send the very best of an entire generation to battle tyranny when it threatened our fundamental freedoms.

I miss the threats to our freedom coming from outside our own borders.

I’m not an idiot. I know the good old days weren’t always good for everyone. I’m just not sure why the inclusion of everyone into the current day means we have to give up so much of what was good.

American was a good place and held so much promise for us all.

I miss it.


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