I'm going to be using TNF's rubric for issues, with some modifications. Leaving out foreign policy because my views on it are kind of all over the place; leaving out electoral issues and government for when it's not four-thirty in the morning.Political philosophy.
Christian Left. I consider most of my politics to derive directly or indirectly from the practical implications of my religious beliefs, which are Catholic (so far within the Anglican tradition) with a grounding in an understanding of the nature of being that owes some debt to Jewish theology. If I hold a political position that doesn't in some way develop from my religious beliefs I see that fact as a problem to be fixed. My very broad-strokes ideal for society is one in which people freely come to a point where they can uphold and respect personal and cultural traditions, and in which those traditions are constituted and put into practice in such a way as to produce just social outcomes. This means that I will sometimes come to a socialist position through conservative-influenced thinking, or to a conservative position through socialist-influenced thinking. Classical liberalism has relatively little influence on my thought since I conceive of the freedom through which people mediate their interactions with justice and tradition as a positive ontological entity that entails responsibilities of its own, rather than just an absence of coercion.
I currently lack the mental and emotional acuity to develop a clear and specific position on this, beyond the standard religious-Left combination of strong personal disapprobation and lack of desire to see it banned.Drugs/Legalization:
Drug possession or use should not itself be a criminal offense. Drug addiction is a moral issue but one with sociological and medical roots and sociological and medical solutions. 'Soft' drugs should probably not be illegal in any aspect. Harder drugs should remain illegal to produce and sell. I haven't developed a preference for how to produce or obtain whatever drugs may be necessary for addiction treatment.Euthanasia:
My feelings on this are somewhat similar to my feelings about abortion, but with stronger personal disapprobation. I voted against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in my state in 2012.Gay Rights:
Obviously I support my own rights. I support pretty much every actual or proposed expansion of LGBT rights currently under serious political discussion with the exception of heterologous fertility treatments, but I'm beginning to get a little wary of some of the extremes of LGBT rhetoric and gender theory.Marriage and Family:
I reject as chimerical and pernicious the idea that marriage and family life are inherently or fundamentally oppressive forces. I also reject the idea that the married couple (and optionally children)--absent extended and collateral relations, friends, mentors/protegees, associates, well-wishers, et cetera--stands alone as the acme of human interpersonal relationships. Many of the problems plaguing the modern family unit could be solved by increased emphasis on and support for extended families and other such social connections.Gun Control:
The revolutionary-socialist position on this that TNF articulates would be appealing if I thought that it had any real chance. In reality America's experience with guns has been almost wholly negative. This includes guns in the hands of those who in mainstream political discourse are seen as the people who 'should' have them, law enforcements officers and (somewhat less overwhelmingly negatively) soldiers.Immigration:
I support freedom of movement. The current tension that exists between immigrant labor and native-born American labor in terms of regulations and wages is a function of the prevailing economic system and ought to be ameloriated or erased upon its reform or elimination.Prostitution:
The Nordic model is the most sensible and compassionate response to the problem of prostitution.Separation of Church and State:
I'm less than entirely wedded to this in theory, but in practice it is necessary at least until such time as existing religious institutions can be purged of elements and influences that cause them not to live up to their full promises. The demand that you hear in some corners of American liberalism these days to 'tax the churches!' makes no sense under the terms of the current US tax code except as a way to penalize and discriminate against religion.Scientific Research:
I'm opposed to transhumanism for religious reasons; I honestly, really don't care about the space program; I'm interested in scientific research mostly for purposes of disease cures (the basic limitations of the human form emphatically not being understood as 'disease'), environmental preservation, and energy production.Smoking Bans:
I support prohibitions on smoking in most public places, and fail to see why anybody with a more than superficial concern for the health and welfare of the public wouldn't. If secondhand smoking didn't exist or hadn't been as conclusively demonstrated to be a problem then my views on this would be different.Affirmative Action:
I support affirmative action for what it is, but I have a lot of sympathy with the position that the scarcity of educational placements and jobs that creates the need for it is artificial and should be reduced or eliminated by any means necessary. I support the full socialization of higher education and radical reduction or elimination of tuition fees.
As long as liberal capitalism obtains as the prevailing economic system I advocate making taxation as progressive as possible. To this end I'm especially opposed to regressive sales, value-added, and 'sin' taxes; in the latter case this is not the right way to legislate moral behavior and only succeeds in further punishing people who are for the most part already in marginal and perilous situations.Education:
I support free, public, and up to a point mandatory education from kindergarten through university, and view the perceived conflict between giving students a well-rounded humanities education and preparing them for 'careers'/'the real world'/STEM fields (let's be honest about what we mean here) as a destructive illusion. Students should be taught both general and specialized knowledge, and should be specifically taught habits of information acquisition and study, as to be able to pursue their interests independently both alongside and after their formal education. Religious conviction should be the only permissible reason not to place a child in a local public school.Environment:
I'm deeply emotionally invested in conservation, and see it as a profound moral responsibility.Social Security:
Social Security is insufficient for its purposes and, far from being privatized, should be expanded into a genuine, respectable pension system.Unions:
Both public and private sectors should be unionized to the greatest extent possible, and unions should be politically active and advocate democratic socialist policies.Health Care:
Full, universal, nationalized health care, including mental and dental.Energy:
The energy sector should move away from fossil fuels towards almost literally anything else possible.Agriculture:
Agricultural policy should be focused on minimizing environmental impact, breaking the backs of big agribusiness conglomerates and encouraging smaller-scale farming, and discouraging (certainly not banning, probably not even rendering socially unacceptable, but discouraging) the consumption of large amounts of meat. I don't know enough about agriculture to know whether or not this is a 'pick two of three' situation, but if it is, I'd prioritize the first two.