This will be the first time I will have an opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate. It is an experience I wish I relished more. Like many of you, I wish I could vote for my ideal candidate rather than against candidates compromised by partisanship. Fortunately, I do not at all feel bound to vote for the slate of a single party and can vote instead for the person who best appeals to my hopes for a region and a nation. Unfortunately, my choices are limited.
The problem is that the more complacent the vast centrist majority becomes, the more politicians pander to the extremes, which causes the middle to be even less excited and more complacent. We may not recover from our downward spiral until we hit our political bottom.
Colin Read contributes to Bloomberg.com and has published eight books with MacMillan Palgrave Press including “The Rise and Fall of an Economic Empire.” He chairs the Department of Finance and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh.