I’d been somewhat torn on the idea of erasing history by tearing down statues, even Civil War Confederate statues, since even Civil War Confederate statues, since destroying public imagery and iconography isn’t the kind of thing Americans do.
“When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you are asking me to subsidize the insult of my family,” Sharpton said. “And I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who had that kind of background. … We’re talking about, here, an open display of bigotry announced, and over and over again.”
In Virginia, a state the media has more and more characterized as leaning Democrat, Republicans not only kept control of the state legislature, but increased their control. Not only did they increase their control, they also made it more conservative. Several moderate legislators were replaced with more conservative Republicans.
The importance of a presidential election depends on what’s at stake. In 1980, a lot was. The economy was stuck with double-digit inflation and interest rates, and Soviet communism was advancing in Africa, Asia and South America. Ronald Reagan was elected president.
Now, as the 2016 presidential race unfolds, the stakes are even higher than 36 years ago. Not only is the economy unsteady but threats to American power and influence around the world are more pronounced and widespread. And those problems are only part of what makes next year’s election so critical.