The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences. -- Speech in the House of Commons, November 12, 1936
I may be cynical, but every election that's occurred in my adult life has been the "most important election in our history", so I won't say that November 2012 will be THE tipping point in American politics where we have to choose between soaring towards ever higher heights or going down the path to historical oblivion.
But I will say that the time for going along to get along, of compromising our principles, and deferring to the hooting mob of either side of the political spectrum has been over for a long time. It's time we stood up, set our minds to the task, and got on with the business of being citizens instead of residents or dependents. No matter who you support, you need to get up off the couch, find a way to help your cause, and be counted among those who will not let our history be written by those who take us for granted.