This is the most important election of our lifetime and you need to vote. With the fiscal cliff fast approaching, America is at a defining point in our nation’s history. No election has ever been so important since…2008.
You had to vote in the 2008 election. It was the most important election of our lifetime because the country was mired in a great economic collapse of a global scale that rivaled anything since the great depression. It was the most important election of your lifetime since…2004
You have to vote in the 2004 election. The country was trapped in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan and on the precipice of losing a generation of young men and just like the Vietnam War. This was the most important election in your lifetime since…2000.
Okay, I’ll give you that 2000 wasn’t an important election.
1996…yeah, that really came down to cigars, so I think we can pass on that one.
I don’t need to give you a history lesson, but we can jump to some other elections in our history where we had extremely serious issues being decided. 1980 where the economy was in the port-a-pot and turmoil in the Middle East was mounting, 1976 where the nation had no trust in its elected leaders and needed the mashed potatoes equivalent of a president to make us feel good inside, 1968 where the country was in the Vietnam War at its most unpopular time.
We’ve been here before, the issues have been just as serious before. While not every election is important, as 1988 through 2000 might show us, we still need to go out there and vote. I’m just sick of this cliché that “THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME”. I wasn’t around for 1968, but a lot of voters out there were around for at least 1980, and probably 95% of the actual voters this year were eligible to vote in 2004.
But while the 2000 election might not have seemed that important at the time, the choice between the idiot son and the boring brother in law suddenly became so important on September 11. You’re not just going into the voting booth to select someone to lead us through the problems we currently have, but you need to vote for someone with the ability to make the right decisions no matter what comes down the road.
Every election is important, except Clerk of the Court. I still don’t get that.
But when it comes to clichés, the other one I hear this election season, mainly from Republicans in Maryland but you will hear this from any seriously out-gunned candidate, “This is our best chance to (insert office held by same party for 20 years)”. Sometimes it is, sometimes you have a crazy millionaire third party candidate that is pulling 20% of the vote like a mini version of Ross Perot. But you need to whip up the vote and get people out there. Sure 6 years ago when Michael Steele was running for that same Senate seat I hear this mentioned about so often, he was neck and neck in the polls and had money and ads on television, but this time, no this time is different, this is our best chance.
You know what cliché I haven’t heard this time though, “well if you don’t vote you can’t complain about what the other guy’s doing.” I think the reason we don’t hear this anymore is because the internet made it so everybody can complain about everything, yeah I’m looking at you internet troll (ok, I can’t see you and that’s why you write the stuff you do). I think as a society we have given up on the idea that people will magically stop complaining.
Another one I haven’t heard, and it surprises me because of all the negative ads, “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils”. I think we’ve actually become so polarized that nobody can admit that their guy doesn’t always smell like roses anymore. I remember in 2004 talking to my extremely liberal friend and both of us were embarrassed over our candidate for president. This year, Biden says Romney wants to put black people in chains and the campaign doubles down on it, while Romney stumbles in the debate and Republicans blame the moderator.
I’m going to vote. You should vote. It is an important election…honest.