okay since I have to stay home for at least a few hours, I'll submit this exercise: no political party is everything we want it to be. But we weigh the pros and cons and vote accordingly (to include voting for none of the above) or sit it out because neither party even comes close to what you stand for , or even fits the "lesser of two evils" scenario. So if you could wave a magic wand and form your own party, what are some of the goals, ideals, mindset, etc. that matter to you and/or would affect the betterment of our nation? These are in no particular order of importance. My points are not all-inclusive. If I don't list something that is important to you, or if I list something you are not concerned with, keep this in mind. This is a magic wand fantasy tailored to everyone who votes (or doesn't vote for whatever reason). 1. LEGAL IMMIGRATION Streamline the process! Use the money and resources saved by simplifying the process on VETTING the immigrants. Vet the living dog-shit out of them whether they are from Turkmenistan or Canada or wherever. No blanket bans on Muslim countries or any category of country. If "bad guys" want to get into America they will just sneak in. HOWEVER if they cannot provide enough information for us to vet them, sorry about that. Try another country - the world is (thankfully) full of safe, stable nations that may have different immigration policies, so adjust your plans accordingly. 2. RECREATIONAL DRUGS Legalize them or ban alcohol! Shit or get off the pot (no pun intended) with drugs. Admit booze is a drug (some people can't get past that) just like any other drug. What you want to put into your body is your business. HOWEVER if making or transporting that drug endangers the general population (like meth labs catching on fire or contaminating buildings for example) charge the offenders - users and sellers - to the maximum penalty allowed by law. DUI and/or drug impaired driving? HAMMER TIME for "hammered" time drivers! Make it hurt too. And multiple DUI's? Are you fucking kidding me? Those drivers are as bad as somebody firing a loaded weapon at people but barely missing them. How many times should somebody be allowed to do that before they are locked up for a long, long, long time? Once, twice, six times? Fuck impaired drivers. They kill THOUSANDS every year and we should treat them as the serious threat that they are. Stop the madness of arresting drug "dealers" but not the users, assuming legalization falls through. Yes, it's madness! If you say it's okay for Tommy to possess up to an ounce of weed, how can you arrest Jimmy the weed dealer? Either a substance is legal or it is not. Unless Tommy grows his own, where is he supposed to obtain the weed? It's either legal for everyone along that chain or it is not, full stop. Users should be penalized as harshly as the suppliers. This nonsense of allowing somebody up to a certain amount of any drug is just that, nonsense of the highest (no pun intended) degree. 3. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, NOT EQUAL OUTCOME Stop quota hiring. Hire the most qualified, full stop. HOWEVER does this infringe upon the Constitutional rights of a private employer? I'm not a Constitutional law expert. That said if a private employer practices discrimination based on race, sexual preference, etc. they should be charged, but there is already a legal process to address this in place. 4. GUN CONTROL Vet the person, not the gun. In other words if you are vetted (yes I support background checks!) then you should be allowed to possess any quantity of semi-automatic non-crew weapon made with no magazine limits. The vast majority of gun homicides are committed with the guns many "gun control" advocates would accept as non-"assault/weapons of war" type weapons. In other words, the handguns and shotguns and rifles with standard ammo capacity available pretty much everywhere. Putting a special "tax" on certain weapons/magazines is ridiculous. All it does is allow the rich guys to have the so-called "weapons of war" while the criminals and crazy will continue to commit their gun homicides not giving a shit about the tax. The average law-abiding (already vetted) gun owner will be penalized financially. In fairness will it limit the carnage of a crazy mowing down innocent people in a high-profile Vegas style massacre? Possibly, unless the killer paid the taxes for the right to use high-capacity weaponry. But full-on massacres make up a small percentage of annual gun homicides. Chicago (one city) has more gun homicides than the US total for news-worthy "mass killings". That is a fact folks, not an opinion. 5. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM Where to start? It's a justice CIRCUS not a justice system IMHO. It's pure madness! On Monday a shoplifter gets two years. On Tuesday a rapist gets six months behind bars and three years probation. It's all over the map! But I'll focus on one thing that grinds my gears: justice should not be for sale. The rich person (of any race, religion or sexual preference) should never have an advantage because he can afford the better lawyer. Yes it's been that way forever, but that's not an excuse. On a related note if it's "the State Of Georgia versus oldfella" and the prosecution does not prove me guilty, then Georgia should reimburse me for all my legal fees, lost wages from work, and any other tangible negative effects from my arrest & temporary incarceration. Georgia lost a fight they started - now pay me back, because your pockets are deeper than mine and you started the fight in the first place. 6. MILITARIZATION OF THE POLICE I'm against it not because of people's feelings about it, or the optics of militarized cops, but because it's wasteful and redundant. America already has trained & equipped military forces in the form of the National Guard (or even active duty should the shit totally hit the fan) that are fully capable of handling any contingency. Those resources ARE ALREADY PAID FOR so why waste tax money on having these capabilities at the local level? When armed robbers and crazy people start using military grade weaponry on a regular basis that could be a game/policy changer, but there's no indication that this is happening that I am aware of. And bottom-line what good does it do to have the best high octane equipment to "fight crime" when the courts won't enforce the laws already on the books? How about focusing on keeping violent criminals locked up before we shell out money for unneeded equipment? Okay these are some things I would like to see addressed and resolved from my fantasy political party. Let the poo-flinging begin! Of course I'd rather keep it civil, but this is the red room so use your own discretion.