The author of this article writes a list of everything they miss since America entered the golden age of Hope and Change in 2009. Some of the items from this list include optimism, having money, jobs, feeling protect, and America's Triple-A rating.
July 12, 2012
Here are just a few of the things I miss since America entered the golden age of Hope and Change in January 2009.
o Going for minutes, hours, even days, without worrying about what weird insanity the government is dreaming up next
o Having money
o The Border Patrol
o Looking up at the moon and thinking, "America - we own space!"
o Having a president whose background isn't more closely guarded than the formula for Coke
o Going on vacation without the TSA auditioning me for "Stella Does Dallas"
o Not feeling like I have to whisper, if I say something that's not completely, 100% complimentary about our president
o Listening to the latest rant against Israel at the UN, without wondering if it's coming from the American Ambassador
o Feeling protected
o Having a president who doesn't want to fundamentally transform me
o Getting a doctor's appointment right away and not thinking, "That was nice while it lasted."
o Having a president who would never, ever bow to the Saudi king, the Chinese premier, the Japanese prime minister and the mayor of Tampa
o Gazing up at the sky and not wondering if that's a bird or a drone
o Snacking on whatever I want, while the First Lady remains calm and indifferent
o Having a president who thinks it would be unimaginably crazy to bring the 9/11 conspirators to New York for a civil trial
o Separation of State and Media
o College graduates with a future in America, not China or Hong Kong
o Having a president who inspires us to feel that Americans are all in this game together
o A dollar that's worth 100 cents and isn't signed by a tax cheat
o America's Triple-A rating
o Having a president who doesn't seem needier for attention than Paris Hilton
o Strolling through the mall without worrying about racially-motivated flash mobs
o Looking at maps without trying to figure out where I can run
o Reading 1984 as an interesting work of fiction
What do you miss?
Write Stella Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
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