Let us focus on November 4, 2008.
This has the chance to be the most significant U.S. election since Abraham Lincoln.
A brief list of the most significant U.S. elections, and why…
- George Washington – Could easily have run America as a dictator. There was no restriction on how many terms a president could serve. By choosing to step down after two terms he relinquished power voluntarily… unheard of anywhere on the planet. Every subsequent president followed the two-term precedent until FDR. His four terms were the motivation needed to inspire an amendment officially limiting presidents to two terms. Democracy flourishes!!
- Abraham Lincoln – The right man at the right time in history. Successfully fought the secession of the Confederate States, maintaining our democracy and setting a world-wide example that no human should be reduced to slave status.
- John Kennedy – Don’t laugh. He only served 1000 days, but his election was historic for our nation. Never before (and never since) have we elected a Catholic. It seems absurd now, but it was a monstrous achievement at the time.
Nearly fifty years later, are we REALLY past the ‘religion’ litmus test? So much was made of the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon during his run in the Republican primaries. Heaven forbid a real Muslim should run for president someday. (Clarification for some still-confused McCain supporters: Barack Obama is NOT a Muslim.)
The election of Barack Obama would be an achievement equal to or surpassing the Kennedy election. Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, a man of color has a legitimate chance of becoming our president. Maybe we have made some progress. Should Senator Obama win, and nothing is EVER certain, our country will be forever changed, and for the better.