Elections matter for just this reason. The next President will pick at least one and possibly three new justices. Their willingness to inject themselves into the political arena with rulings like Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, Arizona's 'Your Papers, Mein Herr' racist anti-immigration law, and now such laws as the Affordable Health Care Act, have and will continue to change the political landscape for the next generation.
More laws facing challenge are ALEC's Voter ID voting suppression laws and Michigan's Emergency Manager laws that strip entire communities of the right to be governed by elected officials and instead install 'City Managers' that can dismiss the city government wholesale and nullify all contracts with union employees.
The SCOTUS now leans 5-4 toward the NeoCons, voting over and over to support their agenda, and only rarely goes the other way in spite of taking affront at suggestions that their decisions could cause great harm to the democratic process. When Obama denounced Citizen's United as a way to open the floodgates of unrestrained and anonymous donations drowning out the voice of the public in future elections, Chief Justice Roberts was seen to mouth the words "Not true". But the Super Pacs have shown that Obama, not Roberts, had a clearer view of future events. This election will decide who's vision the country will follow as a whole.
A democratic one or one bought and paid for by fewer than 100 super rich 'Cons.
We report. You decide.