Most Consequential Elections In American History
Thursday, August 7, 2008– I came across these articles by Kenneth Walsh at RealClearPolitics.com and thought they were outstanding. I have been wanting to do some history blogging but just do not have the time, so I thought I could at least put some good links up. I may make some comments later.
Friday, August 8, 2008– As far back as I can remember, maybe my first Presidential election in 1980, I can recall commentators saying that THIS election (whatever the year) was the most important election of our times. I know that we have a tendency to forget history and to focus on the here and now or on tomorrow, instead of the distant past and the long range future. We, sadly, have become entrapped in the urgency of the present, therefore, THIS election is the most important of our lives. But perhaps it may be because the problems we are facing as a nation are slowly accumulating so that TEOTWAWKI is looming ever closer and we feel it. (Alright here it is…TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt…a little bit of Survivalist lingo).
Look at the problems that are looming- Energy Crisis (c’mon, I remember the first energy crisis back in the ’70’s. And our Pols haven’t figured it out yet???? We buy oil from muslims, we fund their worldwide jihad, very simple. Middle East Crisis with Israel and the Palestinians- again, this was going on in the 70’s and our Pols still haven’t figured it out. (Where is Thomas Jefferson and the willingness to send in the fleet and the Marines to stomp out petty dictators so that free trade can take place?…a reference to the War with the Barbary Pirates of the early 1800’s). Immigration Crisis- look at what we did to the Indians, only this time we are the Native Americans and Mexico et.al are the new Colonizers… open borders lead to a loss of nationhood, not difficult to figure out if you only study the history. See also the Fall of the Roman Empire by the slow invasion of the Germanic Peoples. (OK my ancestors were German so I guess I need to pay reparations to the Celts and maybe the Italians as well?) Iraq-Afghanistan-Iran Crisis- Thank you Jimmy Carter for the Iran crisis! Again, this is not difficult, the Iranian Pres. has announced his intentions of gaining nuclear weapons and of destroying Israel and the world yawns. Our options are 2: wait for him to launch nukes or send nukes with his terrorists and then respond, or we can pre-empt with yet another war. Neither option is good, but I would really rather wait till he blows up Tel Aviv, NYC or DC before we attack, wouldn’t you??? Sheesh!
So, yes this next Pres. election is rather crucial for the future of America and the Western Civilization I have grown somewhat fond of. We are a nation at war, and facing the threat of an even wider war (Oh by the way, did you hear the Russia invaded Georgia yesterday? No, not our Georgia, the Georgia next door to Russia, a sovereign nation that used to be a part of the USSR). Now, which candidate has military and war experience? Which candidate knows the price of war? Which candidate has, not one, but two sons in the military now? Which candidate has over 20 years experience in the Senate? Ohhh, the old guy, the short guy who isn’t as good looking as the young guy.
Here are the links to the USNews articles by Kenneth Walsh: