How is it possible that every four years, we’re faced with “the most important election of our lifetime”?

I’ve heard that from both parties in every presidential race since I first voted in 1976. Not that I expect the candidates to say “this year, it doesn’t really matter,” but how about a little history lesson? We’re not in the midst of a Depression, we’re not involved in a World War, the country is not torn apart while soldiers battle each other in our streets, we’re not rationing gas on odd/even days, and our kids aren’t doing duck-and-cover drills because we’re worried about nuclear weapons dropping from the sky.

Let’s not lose perspective in the name of politics.