Every election is important and every Presidential election is very important, but this election is historic for many reasons. This election the first African American President runs against the first Mormon candidate for President this is obvious as having historical significance but in the grand scheme of things it merely is showing how America has become the most diverse nation in the world. We will look back at those milestones in twenty years and go so what African Americans, Mormons, Muslims, Latinos, gays, and women run for President every election. The things that makes this election really lastingly historically significant, I mean the fate of the country for decades, is the crises that are about to be put before us. These crises where of all of our own making to some extent but it is the elites who run the world both within government and the private sector who have caused these crises primarily. Whichever candidate gets elected they will have the potential to be one of the most influential Presidents in American History if not the most influential.
What do I mean by this you may ask? Quite simply never before has the executive branch had so much power and global influence as it does today. I mean the President talks and the world stops, it almost has become that powerful of an office. The only ones in all of history who could compare to the power and might of the executive branch today would be the Caesars of Ancient Rome. Even here though they only primarily influenced Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa and the Roman Senate was so powerful and corrupt Caesar dared not cross it. Being the times too they did not have instant communication with the populace and had very little real means of controlling the populace. The executive today has means that tyrants of the past couldn't even dream about. This means in no uncertain terms it is essential more then ever we put the most honourable, capable, compassionate, etc... candidate in office, because that candidate will have so much power and influence over our country and world it is frightening to think of the consequences of putting the wrong candidate in office.
Imagine in 1932 if Herbert Hoover the free market conservative had won instead of FDR the pragmatic capitalist liberal. This country simply would not be the same today, and I believe it would be a much harder place to live for the average poor and middle class family. FDR was indeed the most influential President in the 20th Century even Kennedy, LBJ, and Reagan did not comes close to being as historically significant. Franklin Delano Roosevelt shaped our modern America system of governing. Without him for example we may not have Social Security, have not had the market and business regulations that allowed us to avoid a major deep recession until just recently after the regulations were heavily cut in the 80's, 90's, and 2000's, may not have all the federal programs that help many Americans and many have come to rely on. We still may have been a country where even in good times 'one-third of our nation is ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished'. The New Deal built the foundation of which our system of government sits toady and helped rebuild a nation that was better, stronger, and smarter then ever before. Some on the far-right argue FDR is the President that did the most damage to the country in the twentieth century but the truth is he helped build the foundation for the twentieth century.
What we are experiencing today is not as the far-right claims the collapse of the social welfare model but instead the collapse of thirty years of deregulation, tax cuts, and living beyond our means. FDR believed in social programs but he believed in paying for them and he did so by taxing the wealthy at a very high tax rate. I'm not suggesting by any means those tax levels were ideal for economic growth but they got the country through The Great Depression and WWII. The truth be told though we can not tax our way out of this economic crises we have gotten ourselves into. Yes we, we vote we choose these politicians, we ask for more services, and less taxes, we support industries by using their products and services who lobby Washington to do their bidding. We were living a lie we thought we could have our cake and eat it to and boy so did Wall Street and not only did they eat their cake they ate most of ours as well. Eat, drink, and be merry for the morrow we will be taxed if were rich and thrown under the bus if were poor.
There is two approaches to attempt to solving these crises one that Mitt Romney endorses deep budget cuts including of vital social services and lowered taxes and regulations for corporations and wealthy investors hoping to spur economic growth, A.K.A. feeding the rich, starving the poor. The other approach is a pragmatic and reasonable approach the one endorsed by President Obama where some more taxes will be asked to be paid by the rich and some cuts will be asked to services for the poor and middle class A.K.A. were all in this together therefore we all will have to make sacrifices. Romney's approach is the same old tired approach of the last 30 years that has had mixed but mostly negative results. Obama's approach is the tried and true way this country has handled deep economic disasters in the past like the Great Depression. Simply put Romney's solution will only dig us further in an economic disaster. His approach will have the effect of putting the poor and middle class in an even rougher spot economically and allow those most responsible for this crises to get rewarded with sweetheart deals of regulation reductions and tax cuts. Like children if you reward them for their bad behaviour they will only continue to do more of it. Obama's policies will allow for a much softer landing to the poor and middle class and not cause that much turbulence for the wealthy, Wall Street, and the job creators.
In closing there is two very different outlooks, approaches, and methods to choose from this election. Ask yourself when you vote did you like Bill Clinton's or George W. Bush's approach to the economy, Kennedy's or Nixon's, FDR's or Hoovers. You see all six of these men were dived into two philosophical camps not unlike Romney and Obama. Which group Hoover, Nixon, Bush, Romney or FDR, Kennedy, Clinton, Obama would you most trust to solve these economic, domestic, and foreign policy crises. The choice is clear for me but if your undecided just look back to history and see where each of these different approaches lead us. Some cynics will say they both will lead us to hell in a handcart but even I ask them even if you think the country is going to hell who would you most trust to steer the sinking ship to give us more time. I don't agree at all with this sentiment I believe we will like the Great Depression come out stronger as a nation because of it. I trust President Obama to lead this country and I know if he is given a second term he will be there for America in even it's most trying hours that lie shortly ahead. I still believe in President Obama, do you? VOTE! It's probably going to be the most important election in your lifetime. The only way our Republic and democracy will fail is if American's fail to show up and speak up!