America is hurtling toward a crossroads on November 3. What comes next?
Updated 5:59 AM ET, Fri October 9, 2020
(CNN)"This is the most important election of our lifetime."
It can be a useful, if hackneyed political promise, often delivered with great gusto and sanctimony.
It's made every year, usually by the candidates themselves. But, by countless metrics, it isn't always true.
Certain elections stand out more than others. After all, we've voted in times of war, both civil and external. We've voted in times of economic depression and collapse. We've voted in times of national tragedies.
This year, 2020, is, by those standards, not one of those times. It is not 1860, when America was facing a Civil War and the potential demise of the Union; or 1932, against the backdrop of the Great Depression; or 1964, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr.
And yet, because of both national circumstances and popular sentiment, it feels as though that statement