The people of the United States are who they are – not because – but despite the role of government. So, do not fret.
Still a timely and pertinent question. Let’s correlate. Does a change in the president of FIFA change the gameplay of soccer? No, not by much. Same with our Presidency.
A few more things to keep in mind:
- Our deadbeat compliance with the scripture of our constitution will at best lead to sub-optimization of downstream. Therefore evolutionary impact instead of revolutionary will be the expected outcome of presidential powers. Despite much rhetoric to the opposite.
- Only about 30% of the American people vote, meaning the majority of people have exercised their freedom to abstain and have already disenfranchised from the political process. They performed well without the political ball-and-chain previously and will be going forward.
- The economy is currently defined and measured by esoteric metrics that, just like the final score in soccer, say nothing about the quality of gameplay. So, even if the economic score changes, such horse-race measurements do not correlate to the real economy defined by renewable human performance.
The government tends to make itself more important than it is, despite the weary endorsement from those it intends to serve. Sure, the arbiter of a game of soccer can destroy the game, but the arbiter cannot make the game.
Same with the President of the United States, he can destroy (yet not single-handedly) our economic game by excessive legislation that makes it hard to perform. Only the private sector, as the proverbial players of our economic game, can improve the economics to make us flourish.
And just like the players in soccer, I suggest we all focus on how we best play the game we want to see. Rather than worry about the arbiter (or the president of FIFA) who can do nothing but issue proverbial yellow or red cards.