Before you vote this Fall
Think about issues. Comprehend those issues and how both sides have acted to deal with those issues not how they say they are going to deal with those issues. Just because you have knowledge over the issues doesn’t mean you understand them. Use logic not emotion when making decisions that effect the rest of the world.
I’d say just go with your gut instead.
The “issues” are a narrow range of emotionally charged disputes between the two major parties. Thinking about them “logically” and making a decision based on that is a bit like using a kaleidescope to find your car keys. It leaves you with a very narrow range of vision, is extremely distracting, and is ultimately the wrong tool for the job. You’ll just confuse yourself, wander in a circle, and end up where you started.
We get our information from a lot of sources. Who do we trust? Who do the people we trust trust? Do the candidates listen to the people we trust? Do we think they prioritize the things we prioritize? Even something as seemingly silly as “who would you rather have a beer with” involves a complex judgment on priorities and character. If you believe in Democracy, you’ve got to believe that, at least in aggregate, people are pretty good at this sort of judgment.
Thinking logically about the issues is not for helping you decide between candidates. By the time you sit down to do your thinking, you’ve already made your decision. The purpose of “thinking logically about the issues” is to help you feel smug about the decision you already made.