I consider myself a moderate Democrat. I support the right of citizens to own guns, think government should be as small as possible, and hate paying taxes.
I think Obama is to the right of me, too. I think we’ve screwed up Gitmo so bad that we need to just free everyone today, and arrest those who committed torture. Obama thinks we need to focus on the future, not dwell on the past, left the military and CIA a bit of wiggle room to get confessions, and still has people jailed.
A small, lean government is important. We need most of what we have, though. Same deal with taxes: I hate paying them, and want them as low as possible. But there’s really not a ton of cruft. And something like 50% goes to the military.
I’m appalled by Obama’s opposition to gay marriage. I think anyone who opposes it must have failed civics: terms like “separation of church and state,” “equal protection of the law,” and “tyranny of the majority” all seem pretty applicable. I consider it a moral issue like letting women vote.
So what I really want to know is… If I’m a moderate Democrat, and Obama’s to my right… What is a conservative?