I guess in a lot of ways I'd be more libertarian, but I am fiscally conservative in that I dont believe we should be spending money we dont have, regardless of party. I believe in the free market system in as much as anyone who is able should work for what they have, not wait for the government to decide your fair share. It's not for the government to decide who you sleep with anymore than they should decide what you drive, what you eat or what temperature your home should be. I dont like big, oppressive government in any form and that is exactly what we now have with Obama. I cant say with certainty that Romney will be vastly better, but I do have an idea the trouble Obama is leading us into in a second term where he would be nearly untouchable.
As far as social or religious conservatism, I personally am in no way religious but I refuse to condemn those who do have faith as if I'm somehow so much wiser. It does strike me, however, how some religions can be ridiculed to no end, can have every despicable thing in the world said about them, and others can not be poked at all. Freedom of speech exists for everyone, not just the politically correct. As far as insults from the right go, please, really? I lived through the Bush years, anyone claiming a hostile tone only began under Obama's presidency is dealing in revisionist history. There is nothing under the global warming sun that Republicans havent been called over the years. We just rub some dirt on it and get back into the game.
I guess I'm also a conservative when it comes to the military as I do believe the only way to truly keep the peace is to regain a strong front. We've spent the last few years apologizing, downplaying America's importance in the world, and look now where the world is heading. I'm not saying wars are the answer either, but if we dont keep America strong fiscally and militarily, who will be there the next time a dictator rises up or a disaster strikes another country? The U.N.? Who here is really in favor of a one world government? And please dont say its not our job, or its none of our business as we cant really wall ourselves off from the rest of the world.
So yeah, I'm a small government conservative, not Democrat or Republican when both parties just want to be in your lives one way or another. I'm voting for Romney because I've watched Obama inherit a mess and only make it worse by nearly all objective standards. I could not expect him to have everything fixed in four years, though he himself said he should be a one term president if he didnt, but I would expect things to be showing improvement. Gas prices, food prices, energy prices, deficits, unemployment, housing, they all would add up to running any Republican president out of office and Obama should get no special treatment. He's proven he cant fix the problem and, if Romney can't at least show improvement in 4 years, he'll be out on his ass too. As far as gay marriage or homosexuals in the military goes, you do know who signed Dont ask, dont tell into law right? And Obama really only became friendly toward gay marriage when it became politically expedient. Obama is a career community organizer with no real idea how to manage a business or a country and this November I'll definitely be hoping for a real change.