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
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