This morning I was thinking about my political orientation and wondering where I fit. I’m independent from a republican region. I am more and more in favor of a smaller federal government. I am convinced that we rely too much on the government, especially for things that the government is not well-suited to address. Libertarian ideals hold some appeal for me, except that I think there should be some measure of social norms that people should conform to – the chaos of anything being acceptable does not make an environment conducive to prosperity. This sounds republican so far, but I also believe that there are things that are more in line with the democrats or green party – such as the need to be responsible in our treatment of the earth and its resources – that tend to be ignored more in republican circles in favor of shortsighted business interests.
Conveniently, I ran into a pre-debate analysis of tonights republican presidential debate which offered some insights for me:
To what extent are the candidates going to be playing to a national audience rather than a California audience . . . There are issues that are important here â€” the environment and global warming, energy conservation, stem cell research â€” that are not as important in other states.
From the sound of it I have a lot in common with California Republicans – who’d have guessed.