February 22, 2004

Hurtling Towards the Cliff

I'm 44 years old. Has there been a presidential election since I could vote that wasn't the most important of our lifetime?

Posted by Charles Austin at February 22, 2004 02:31 PM

According to my elaborate theoretical calculations:

44 - 18 = 26
2004 - 26 = 1978

...the earliest you could have voted for a president was 1980. Therefore, no.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 03:52 PM

Yes. 1980.

Posted by: ilibcc at 08:55 PM

Wouldja believe that there has been a Bush or Dole on every Presidential ballot you've voted on?

Posted by: david at 02:22 AM

1992 and 1996.
We had no serious enemies. With the fall of the Soviet Union the future sure looked bright, so bright we wore shades.
The biggest question in 1992 was, "Did he inhale?".
In 1996 it was, "Where's the outrage?"

While important issues were playing out in secret, we had no idea what was on the way.

2000 was only important in retrospect. At the time it looked, to me anyway, between Clinton-JR (Gore) and Clinton-Lite (Bush).

Posted by: Veeshir at 08:35 AM

I have to disagree with the 1980 comment.
1980 was a choice between Carter and Ronnie Raygun.
Carter showed he was a wimp foreign-policy wise.
Afghanistan and Iran showed that nicely.
The USSR invaded a country, he responded by screwing a bunch of 16 year olds out of their dreams.
Islamo-wackos invaded our sovereign terrority and take American citizens hostage, an act of war, and he 'negotiated' for over a year.

1980 was hugely important in that it shaped the direction in which our nation was headed. I was only 17 in 1980, but I remember that.
One guy exuded pride in America, the other exuded fear. Carter went on national TV and told us all to wear sweaters and turn our thermostats down.
I'm not arguing whether or not we should have conserved, but is it really very presidential to do that?

Posted by: Veeshir at 08:55 AM