"I'm going for the long term. I refuse to choose either. I want to be a part of the solution, and neither of the major parties are part of the solution. In my opinion, of course."
I also think in the long term, Doug, but from a slightly different perspective. I agree that things will likely get worse as long as one of the two parties holds power, until things get bad enough that the manure hits the fan. At that point, people will either set aside their differences and work toward a solution that all can live with, or we will end up a third rate nation and others will decide for us. IMO, this is going to take longer than I am likely to be around, and so I continue to vote for what I consider the lesser of two evils in the hope, perhaps vain, that they will at least slow down the process long enough for me to live out my life in peace. I just do not see any alternative on the horizon that has enough likelihood of success for me to waste my increasingly precious time and energy on. All this is based on my sense that the only way most people really learn is thru what I call "hard lessons", and the same goes for nations. Our lessons just haven't been hard enough so far, but it is very clear to me that this will not remain the case much longer. Our fate depends on how quickly we master the material that is, and will continue to be, presented to us in the form of "hard lessons". I am not particularly optimistic. We are rapidly running out of time; simple as that