The following three situations illustrate variants on one basic gripe - perhaps I'm advocating a Libertarian take on the social contract, and if so, I can understand most of the remaining... zero... mainstream candidates not taking a position.
- Take your shoes off - I can understand the various safeguards being added to commercial flights each being sensible when viewed on their own, but haven't we crossed the point of asking too much of the flying public? Sure, lithium ion batteries in the cargo hold might catch fire, but adding to the hassle at checkin seems like a facile half-solution to the problem. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how ridiculous are the current flight restrictions?
- Think of the children - a few times every election cycle, some computer game comes out with adult content, and someone says "oh, look at what the video game industry is trying to sell to our children". Typically, this same content, were it on TV or in a movie, would be considered tame. Still, there are advocates that would insist that all games be required to be acceptable for all audiences. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you oppose censorship, including for console and computer games?
- Sniffling, Sneezing... - pseudoephedrine is a popular ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine. It also used to be a popular ingredient in effective cold medicines. I know what a cost/benefit analysis is, and it seems that whoever decided that removing easy access to pseudoephedrine was a little to eager to buy a minor improvement in the meth war at the cost of increased suffering by a nation of rhinovirus infectees. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how quickly will you restore my access to decongestants that work?
So, yeah, my stance on these issues is pretty focused on individual liberties, but I think in each case, something like 99 out of a hundred are being unduly burdened for the good of the whole.
In the off chance that you disagree, feel free to show your work that indicates that the benefit exceeds the existing cost. Spelling, neatness, and arithmetic all count, of course.