After a discussion of how important / non-important policy is in a different thread, I'm curious to what extent people are in agreement with the platform of their preferred political party.
As a Republican, the issues where I break from my party include:
* Homosexuality. I'm honestly not sure where the mainstream of the party is on homosexuality these days. I have no issue with gays, and think discrimination based upon orientation should be illegal except in cases where there is a legitimate religious objection (i.e., I think it's fine for a Catholic school to fire a gay teacher, but not for a public school to fire the same teacher.) Historically I was in favor of civil unions over "marriage", but only because I worried that churches would be forced to marry homosexuals over religious objection.
* The environment. I take a middle ground. Climate change is in large part due to humans, and we need to address it. I worry, however, that funding is primarily driven through scare tactics, and that many proposed solutions do nothing to limit pollution from major foreign actors. While Democrats have in my mind agreed to weak treaties that do very little, Republicans have offered almost nothing.
* Gun control. I'm not a gun absolutist. While traditionally believing in half-measures like limiting magazine capacity, etc., I have recently evolved to being okay with banning open-carry, and allowing guns only only in one's home / on one's property, along with some limited exceptions for hunting, gun ranges, etc.
* Immigration. I'm largely on board with GOP immigration policies, but I would like to dramatically increase the number of legal immigrants we let in, provided they are working and adding value to the United States. I would cut down on granting asylum to groups that have no interest in working and integrating into America, and would positively support those who add important skills (whether those be medical degrees or the willingness to work farming jobs.) I am also in support of amnesty, although I may only allow permanent residency (rather than citizenship) for those granted amnesty.
* Foreign policy. I'm becoming more and more isolationist as I get older. I'm very skeptical of foreign wars, and I would severely limit foreign aid to nations that are not strong allies.
* Taxes. I understand the theory behind trickle down tax cuts, but I am much more on board with tax cuts for the working poor. I would exempt the first $20,800 of income from payroll taxes (equal to $10 per hour for 40 hours per week), the first $40,000 from income taxes, and would remove all caps on payroll taxes for high income earners.
* Fiscal sanity. Screw you, Trump and the GOP representatives voting for these budget resolutions.
So, on a lot of key GOP issues, I'm pretty moderate. But, I don't feel there's any room for me in the Democrat party, particularly as they become more and more radicalized. On issues like The Forbidden Topic, Affirmative Action, unions, public assistance, etc., I feel like there are sharp litmus tests that I can't get behind, and I feel like the mainstream politicians of the party are hostile to religion and are overly critical of America.
So, that's my political profile. Yours?