1) Gay Marriage becomes recognized country wide at all levels of government. NO EXCEPTIONS! 2) Americans become healthy though an aggressive government initiative that stops things like corn subsidies and provides free gym memberships, subsidizes fresh produce, and so on. 3) Very strict gun control. Guns have to be registered, assault weapons are banned, etc. Basically everything short of banning guns outright. *What option would you choose? YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE ONE!!! The other two won't happen!
I choose #1, and here’s why:
1. Marriage equality is not an imposition of a stricture on anyone, but is indeed the lifting of strictures from an entire group of people. It is a move for greater liberty, equality, and justice.
2. I’d love to stop corn subsidies (they’re illogical, unnecessary, and environmentally damaging), free gym memberships don’t bother me (no, that wouldn’t mean the jack booted thugs of the gubmint are going to force John Galt-like entrepreneurial business owners to accept anyone for whatever the price the government dictates. Socialization of certain goods and services, because we live in, you know, a SOCIETY, does NOT automatically mean the specter of fascism), and fresh produce subsidies might not be a bad idea, but unless that is coupled with a change in culture, attitudes, and industry-wide food marketing prices then those initiatives could just as likely be for naught. Those aren’t bad ideas at all, but I think other changes need to happen to make those changes effective, otherwise they could just be a waste of money.
3. I’m not against this much gun control, and in fact it could be helpful. I grow so tired of the “protection against tyranny” argument…it is bankrupt in all formulations. With the invention of modern warfare, and now remote control warfare (something I find unctuous in the extreme), you will never achieve parity of arms with the government. If you get in a firefight with the military you have lost already. Now, I think there is a very important discussion to be had about the state’s monopoly on violence in modern society, and I find it amusing that so many people who think Obama’s going to take our guns also support the military so full throatedly…after all, if Obama were going to take our guns, who do you think he’d send to do it? His daughters? But gun control is NOT going to be the nail in the coffin of freedom in this country. I’ve been too many different kind of places and seen too much to think that. Additionally, research and studies simply do not support the idea that a better armed citizenry leads to a safer society, so I find that argument wanting. However, though those strict gun controls could help somewhat, implementing them will take time to do justly and carefully, and will not eliminate all, or maybe even most of the problems we have with gun violence. We are a nation that imprisons a truly staggering number of people (most of them minorities), engages in extrajudicial assassination of foreign and US citizens, and monitors the communication of its people in ways that would make Orwell jealous he hadn’t thought of them first. And yet we don’t get truly up in arms until someone says maybe we shouldn’t be able to get firearms quite so easily. That tells me our main problem is NOT firearms, not by a long shot. I think there are systemic problems to acknowledge, address, and begin working on before stricter gun control becomes my first choice.
All of these are things I would support, with some degree of modification; marriage is the only one that will have the immediate desired effect without requiring large chunks of society to address and modify certain ingrained patterns of behavior, it simply makes it so that those ingrained behavior patterns no longer dictate the freedoms of a whole segment of the population. All of the choices given contain pernicious social ills; #1 contains the most perfect pairing of ill and remedy, and that’s why I choose that one.