There are too many different issues out there for which I have an opinion on one side of the political spectrum or the other to label my self as a Democrat/Republican, Liberal/Conservative. I'm more of a Moderate/Centrist, but I still don't like the labels. So instead of picking one or another, I'll tell you how I feel about a number of these topics. I'll try to make it as black and white as possible, and I'll try to note the fuzzy areas as necessary.
1) Gun Rights
Most people should be able to own a gun. However certain people (i.e those with certain mental disorders, convicted criminals, etc.) should be barred. Making gun ownership illegal doesn't stop people from owning guns, just as making murder illegal doesn't stop it from happening. There are already laws partially restricting people from owning firearms, yet it doesn't stop them.
2) Abortion Rights
A woman should be able to do whatever she wants with her body. A woman should not necessarily be able to do whatever she wants with her unborn child. There are distinctions to be made about how far into a pregnancy one may terminate, such as when survival outside becomes viable. However, even if you believe it to be against your own moral or religious code, it's not hurting you any if someone else does it.
3) Gay/Lesbian Rights
Gay, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and yes, even heterosexual individuals should be able to marry whomever they want. Marriage is a license between two people validated (or not as the case may be) by the government. In this day in age, whether it has anything to do with religion or a personal commitment is up to the eloping couple. As above, even if you believe it to be against your own moral or religious code, it's not hurting you any if anyone else weds.
4) Voting Rights
You should be required to prove citizenship when voting. If you are not a citizen (local, state, U.S. or otherwise) then your opinions should not carry weight in our democratic process. I'm not allowed to cross the border into Canada (or any other country) and vote in their elections, so why should they (or anyone else) be able to do the same in ours?
5) Foreign Policy
Similarly, we in the United States have little-to-no right to impose any beliefs or opinions upon other countries. In a matter of saving lives, one could argue the need for our involvement in a foreign conflict. However, we should abide by the democratic principles of the United Nations (as ineffectual as that may be) and the rest of the world community. If all we are doing is running in at the first sign of anti-American trouble, then we mostly serve to make others hate us more. What's more, we have enough problems that need to be addressed at home that we already don't have enough money to deal with.
Taxes should be flat, or better yet, based on consumption (i.e. pure sales tax revenue). There should be no loopholes, exemptions, or freebies -- for anyone. There are some details that should probably be addressed beyond this point, but that's a post for another time.
7) Religion Rights (I)
If you want to live a non-secular life, then you should have every right to do so. However, any action to impose your beliefs on anyone else through law or policy should be limited. It is important to note that 'imposing' one's religion is not the same as 'sharing'/'spreading' it - everyone should be free to worship in public without fear of retribution from others.
8) Religion Rights (II)
Religion has no place in school. There are many facts about the world that have been and can be proven by science that should be learned by everyone, especially those in the public education system. If you have a different belief, then as incorrect as you be, you should be allowed to teach it to your own children, but you have no right to force exposure of my child to those beliefs.
Some people in this country just make too much money. However true that may be, and however much I despise the system that allows it, the government is not the one who should take more from them to make ends meet. If they have too much money, it's because they were born into it (so then who am I to take what they have?), the company that pays them can afford it, despite how much work actually goes in to make that salary (in the case of business executives and celebrities), or ultimately because the general population pays for it (see previous note). If you really want to make the system more equal (speaking private sector), then stop giving the rich more money for nothing. -- For dealing with taxes, see item #6.
10) Public Aid/Assistance
If you receive any kind of 'free money' from the government, you should be held accountable for the responsible use of that money, and your need should be validated before you receive it. Bottom line, if you have nicer, fancier things, or you have fewer financial worries than me, or if you are wasting that money on 'fun' things like concerts, movies, alcohol, drugs, smart phones, second houses (yes, this happens/ed) or any other non-necessity, and you receive any kind of assistance from the government (charities are generally separate, minus tax-breaks which means the money is the same thing), then we've got a problem. Give me my money back.
There is definitely more to say, but I'm running out of steam. Perhaps the rest will come at a later date. In the meantime, what do you think? Am I wrong? Tell me how.