I have no experience in politics, but I swear, I think if I had enough money to pay the ridiculous fees to file the paperwork and to pay for a campaign, I'd run in the next U.S. presidential election.
My campaign platform would be something totally new and revolutionary to the government process - "common sense".
A lot of the major issues right now - aside from partisan bickering and infighting - have common sense solutions that SHOULD be easy to see, yet the government does not implement anything that makes any sense, and only seems to work toward "resolutions" that will either further each official's political career or personal agenda, or make them more money.
For example, the gun control issue. It's a hot topic most politicians try to avoid altogether, but a common sense resolution is easy to spot. One side clings to the "Right to Bear Arms" while the other seems to want to ban guns altogether, and in every political debate in the current two party system, Republicans scream that the Democrats are trying to take away everyone's guns, while the Democrats scream that the Republicans are bought by the NRA and do not care about the safety of the American people, while in truth, neither story is true. The truth is that each party cares too much about covering their own political asses within their party, so no one wants to stray too far from party lines, and thus, nothing is actually being done on the issue as the powers that be are in a constant stalemate - as is the case with many issues in Congress for the past decade or two. The two parties bicker and fight so much that no major changes for the good of the people they are supposed to represent ever come in a reasonable amount of time, but instead become a topic that is routinely shelved for discussion "at a later time".
Now, going back to my hypothetical scenario of running for president in 2020, and in defense of President Trump and all presidents before him, no matter what any president WANTS to do, he/she cannot actually do much of anything without passing it through both chambers of Congress. That is nearly impossible until the partisan bullshit is abolished, because Congress treats it like a sport to see which party can score the most points.
However, if I was to run for President, my proposal for gun control law reform - like other proposals - would be based on common sense, something apparently new to 21st century legislation.
I was born and raised in rural WV, and my parents raised me on the idea that one person's rights end where another's begin. In other words, stand up for yourself and don't violate anyone else's rights.
Applying that ideal to gun control, every American should have the right to "bear arms" ("own weapons"), but everyone should also have the right to safety. Therefore, anyone convicted of violent crimes, anyone with mental health issues that could make them a threat to themselves or others, anyone charged with making violent threats to others.... Their rights to bear arms end at the point where everyone else's rights to safety begin.
Stricter background checks, mental health checks, etc. are a must in reforming gun control laws. Also, the loopholes as far as online sales, gun shows, yard sales, etc. need to be closed ASAP, not to mention better tracking of stolen weapons.
One would not go to a yard sale or some trade show in a tent to purchase a car or a piece of land. There is documentation required, such as a deed or title, that must be transferred from a former owner to the new owner to legally show proof of ownership.
To close the loopholes in gun sales online or at gun shows or other person-to-person sales, I suggest that a title or deed system be implemented for guns. Every gun must have the appropriate paperwork to show proper ownership. If someone sells a gun to someone else without doing the appropriate paperwork, they're held responsible for any crimes committed with the weapon, at least on negligence or complicity charges.
Law-abiding citizens would retain their Constitutional rights to own, buy, sell, or trade any type and quantity of guns they desired, so long as they underwent the necessary background checks and filled out all of the required paperwork. The added paperwork may be an inconvenience for those who buy, sell, or collect guns legally under the current laws, but it would make weapons easier to track and harder to acquire for would-be criminals, and I believe it would reduce the amount of gun violence throughout the nation.
I probably lost a lot of votes there already from both sides...
But, the "Common Sense Party" could gain traction as the current two-party system continues to do nothing for the people but piss everyone off.
Edited by Darth Cola, 16 March 2018 - 04:36 AM.