It is now a week until the vote for president, and looking around I see people who seem to see this more like a football game then an election. I think this is a mistake, at least until we start replacing one of the debates with some sort of wrestling match.
Too often people choose a political party, and back their parties candidate, and every issue that candidate has. And is against the other candidate all the time. This is a mistake. This is not about winning, this is about helping to choose a direction for the country.
Right now ignore all the rhetoric, the campaign ads, and what the political parties tell you. Then look at each candidate, and what they stand for. Think about what affect they will actually have, taking congress into account.
The best way to do this is to sit down, and imagine one, then the other, being president for 4 years. Just play with it, and imagine what would happen over those years. Be sure to realize what is serious, and what is improbable, if not impossible. For example neither candidate will announce their move to emperor, and the take over of the world.
And don?t forget that neither candidate is as bad as you have heard, and neither is as powerful as you would think. Change is slow, so don?t expect dramatic changes regardless of who is in charge, and realize that the president has less influence in your life then you might think. (Unless you send threatening letters to the president, then he has a lot of influence in your life, and you don?t want that.)
This is an important election, but don?t take it too seriously. The next day you will still have to go to work. (Or find a job.)
Just look at the big picture, not the game.