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A Record-Breaking Election of Presidential Firsts

Right now we’re so caught up with the platforms of the candidates, I wonder how many people have realized how ground-breaking this election will be?

No matter who wins, we will set a new record in the White House.

Our new President will either be:

    • The first woman
    • The first spouse of a former President to take office
    • The first hispanic
    • The first Cuban (can you imagine we have TWO of these?)
    • The first Jew
    • The first African-American candidate who is also a Republican (Sorry, this was written before Ben Carson suspended his campaign but it is still worth mentioning)
    • The first person who never held a previous office and was also not in the military
    • The richest man to ever hold office of President, beating out JFK’s 1 billion dollar worth (adjusted for inflation) by a factor of 10
    • The first son of a mail carrier and the grandson of a  coal miner
    • The first First Lady whose native language is not English and is a naturalized citizen
    • The first Democratic Socialist
    • The first President of Czech ethnicity
    • The first President of Croatian ethnicity
    • The first First Lady who was a bikini model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition

Whomever you decide to vote for, take a moment and reflect on this moment in history. The fact that these things are being rarely mentioned hopefully means we’re seeing people, not their ethnicities, or religions, or genders. To me, that’s a pretty wonderful thing.

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  1. Interesting facts. But, frankly, this election terrifies me. I see people willing to throw away everything our country stands for. I see lies and distortions and people willing to believe anything if it is repeated often enough. I see presidential candidates ignoring important issues – behaving like third graders and debating the size of their body parts. I see racism and hatred being celebrated and applauded. I see the fear of what could happen blinding the reality of what IS happening
    HERMANN GOERING, 2ND IN COMMAND TO ADOLF HITLER said it best: “Of course the people don’t want war…that is understood. But voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

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  2. I share a lot of your fears, Betty. Still, whomever wins, we’re going to have to hope and pray that they lead our country in the right direction. It’s not as if we have another road to follow.

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