This is the most important election of my lifetime.
Over the past 40 years, particularly since 2008 and aided by the growth of social media and the amalgamation of politics into almost every facet of culture, we hear this every Silly Season: “This is the most important election ever.” Sometimes, it more modestly carries the “in our lifetime” qualifier.
It’s a grand claim. George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, and this year will mark the 58th presidential election since the first. That’s plenty of elections for a young nation, with salient issues looming in the background every four years.
In 2008, Barack Obama said, “This is certainly the most important election in my lifetime — not just because I’m running.” In 2012, Boston Globe columnist Michael Cohen wrote a piece entitled “The Most Important Election Ever.” The rhetoric is not limited to Democrats. In 2000, the National Rifle Association called