With so many years under our Western civilized belts, some are bound to be pretty ordinary. Life happens all the time, but only a handful of years are selected as truly important. The classic example of recent history is 1968, with two major assassinations and social upheaval and all that.

Election years have an edge against others, because during these years there's a lot of fuss about the direction of the country and near-identical visions of what it should be. Despite my wish that this nonsense didn't happen, it does anyway, and these years become memorable.

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