A sign of getting old: Even though it's been almost ten years now, I still can't hear the phrase "Homeland Security" without feeling that I am reading a dystopian science fiction novel.
Look at the bright side: you can vote to try to get rid of that 1984 crap. Members of the rest of the world can only watch and despair.
Yes if only there was a leader who could make things better, who could promise change, but not the old kind of change, a new kind of change, a change that people can believe in! ;-)