I believe theoretically in the law of supply and demand even though the market is distorted by government regulations and crony capitalism, which sometimes go hand in hand.
I’m clueless about international finance, and I’ve given up trying to understand international diplomacy and defense.
So now we’re in an election, and other people claim to know what will happen if candidate C or candidate T gets elected. They claim to know what will happen to the Rs and the Ds as well. But the variables and distorting factors make it even harder to make sense of politics than to make sense of today’s economy or the international situation. The party that wins this presidential election may screw up, thus making the future elections better for the other party (or parties). Or the party that wins may build an advantage for themselves that will be hard to beat. The voters may already be sick of one or both major parties, and this may affect the futures of the parties. Or a major world event may occur that will make everyone rethink everything. And who gets control of congress is yet another matter that affects the future.
Voters may choose to vote for C or T because they truly believe the other choice could be disastrous for our country (or for their party). Since I think they both could be disastrous—and I can’t foretell the future—this kind of argument does not induce me to vote.
Now it’s possible that Johnson or Stein or McMullin or all three together could deprive a national party candidate of receiving enough electoral college votes (270). The Constitution lays out a complicated process that will go into effect in that case. I can’t predict what the outcome of that would do for the parties’ or our country’s future, either.
We all will have to live with the events that unfold due to this election. Here is my decision: since I do not feel able to predict these future events, I simply will vote for a presidential candidate whose character I trust and whose ideas are close to being acceptable to me. I have some confidence that I know what I can live with having on my conscience. I have no confidence in strategies or predictions about our nation’s future.