Are any of you, my readers, old enough to remember the 1968 election? I can but it was not paramount on my mind for I was in Vietnam.
Do you know why it was called the “Election That Changed America”?
Let me help this may be a bit too deep for some……
It was a hinge point in history, one of the most consequential and tumultuous years in the American experience, and it changed the country forever.
One traumatic event followed another as a wide array of social and political trends that had been building for years reached critical mass. During the span of 12 months a half-century ago, there were two shocking assassinations, growing and sometimes violent opposition to the escalating Vietnam war, hardening class differences, severe economic problems, and an increasingly impatient civil rights movement that gave rise to combative and angry black power advocates. And that wasn’t all. Add in the rise of feminism, doubts about the credibility of the nation’s leaders, a growing rebellion of young people against their parents’ values, campus revolts against authoritarian administrators and lifestyle constraints, a new sexual freedom made possible by the birth control pill and, overall, a ferocious culture war over “values issues” such as abortion, crime, patriotism, prayer in school, freedom of speech and respect for institutions. It was all dramatized and magnified by popular culture and an increasingly aggressive news media eager to hold political and cultural leaders accountable for society’s shortcomings.
2020 looks like a similar election to that of 1968 in so many ways….
President Trump and Joe Biden are waging 2020 like it’s 1968, but they come at it with radically different views about this country’s evolution over the past half century.
Why it matters: Trump wants to appeal to his base’s instincts and convince white, suburban voters on the fence that their safety is at risk. Biden is talking to those same suburban voters and trying to convince them that a second Trump term would impede racial progress and encourage violence.
What they’re saying: Trump hasn’t mentioned Jacob Blake’s name, but tweeted on Wednesday that, “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
The only difference I see is that there is NO strong third party candidate at this time (less than 60 days before election)……
Will it be as historic as 1968…that depends on who you candidate is and how bad they are defeated.
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