Every four years, someone pronounces the upcoming presidential election "the most important election in recent years."
The one this year actually fits that bill, and then some.
What's at stake:
Tilting by appointment the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for many years ahead, at a time when it is facing critical issues.
Action on illegal immigration. This is an issue simmering among the silent majority and is a major explanation for the ascension of Donald Trump, the only one vowing to take corrective action.
Getting a grip on government spending and debt.
Leadership. This is a critical issue in foreign policy. With the United States in retreat, tyrants around the world are encouraged toward aggression.
There are other issues, but these are the ones that will make or break this nation.
Elections have consequences. Never more than in 2016.