What Happened?

I’m 51 years old.

When I was a kid, there was an expression I heard all the time. “It’s a free country.” Usually uttered whenever somebody said “You can’t do that.” “Yes I can – it’s a free country.”

I literally cannot remember the last time I heard somebody say this.

And don’t try to tell me that it’s Obama’s fault, or Bush’s, or 9/11 and the Patriot Act. The loss of this expression far predates any of those. I don’t even recall hearing it during…

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