The idea for this thread came to me after about 3 hours of laying around trying to get to sleep last night, so here it is.
We all debate and argue, why this is wrong and this is right. In theory, when we argue about politics it is because we want to convince people we are right and eventually make our way of thinking supported by legal structures.
So what policies would you like to see, assuming that one day in the future society agreed with you, that all your ideals became reality?
Let's try to keep this serious, and if you want to bitch about someone else' ideas, make sure you've posted your own first.
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Stuff I'd Definitely Do
-Marriage for all, straight, gay, poly, whatever; will need lawyers at hand to hammer details on certain ones, but people should be able to get basic rights like hospital visitation and shit without fuss.
-Everything else that needs to be done regarding gay rights; adoption, DADT, etc, handled. Make homosexuals a protected class. And maybe some other "deviants" too, if any still need it.
-Trivialize or outright abolish the Senate. We are one country now, not a loose alliance of states with a shared military.
-Expand social programs; bitch about a welfare state all you want. I've got a big monkeysphere, what can I say.
-Reform prisons; emphasize reform over punishment.
-Abolish the death penalty
-Single-payer health care
-Cut the shit out of military spending. Worried about the jobs? I'm sure those companies will figure out useful non-military shit, like new energy technology, to make. Maybe they can get funding for that.
-Get rid of all 'victimless crime' majority-morality shit; Drugs, simulated kiddy porn, you name it I'm legalizing it. We can bring the hammer down on these people when they do something that endangers others, like how drinking is legal but drunk driving is not. Also, we can tax it now, fun times.
-Taxes. Guess what, I'm taxing the shit out of rich people. Maybe 70% of everything over 5m? Consider it something like noblesse oblige, and if that doesn't do it for you consider it a 'self-centered asshole' tax.
-Fix the loopholes that mean Warren Buffet pays a smaller % of taxes than his secretary and cleaner
-No more private schools or homeschooling. Sorry, your cult can duke it out with SCIENCE! if it wants your kid's mind. Also, major schooling reforms and tons more funding; don't know what needs doing exactly, so I'll consult the experts.
-Firearms: You know the extensive classes and checks required by some states for concealed carry permits? That's the new licensing requirement for all firearms; actually, we'll make it work for things like tasers too. Concealed carry will require even more. Oh, and lets get rid of the more useless laws like the 'guns that look scary' ban.
-Campaign reform. Our government should be less...buyable.
-Banking, business, etc reform. They won't do the right thing on their own, so we'll make them.
Things that bug me but I'd need to consult others on
-How kids are basically their parents property, and other age-related things. What makes an 18 year old different from a 14 year old? If we're protecting them from their own stupidity, they shouldn't be adults until their late twenties (I say this as a 20-year-old). Maybe some psychologists can come up with a reasonable testing system for adulthood that those under 18 can take?
-Climate change and energy stuff; I don't know enough about this to make an informed decision about solutions, but I know something needs doing.
-Immigration. I'll tentatively say I'd probably tighten up the border, make it easier to come in legally, and do something to help naturalize those already here. But I'm not sure what the effects would be.
-Jobs. This probably would tie in with the energy stuff, and maybe the business reform stuff; bring more jobs back here? Economics is my weak point.
So how about you, D&D? What would you like to see, in an ideal future?
I am primarily referring to the US government. If you live somewhere else, though, feel free to tell us what you'd do to Canada or whatever.
And this is more about the policies you'd like to see, not the actual form of the government. "How do we treat gays?" instead of "How do we decide how to treat gays?"