It seems like classification is more and more important in our hyper-polarized society. Meanwhile, I have no idea what I am anymore. Saying that I'm conservative or liberal carries almost no water since there are people in DC operating under those banners that I don't identify or agree with at all. For me to really know where I stand on this election I think its best for me to look at what type of government I would have if I had my way (coup notwithstanding).
1) The government's job should be to secure and defend the liberties of the people of the USA. That encompasses ensuring that we have the best military and border security in the world, but also that our civil liberties are not challenged by random acts of judicial imprudence.
2) Our tax system should never put a higher cost on being American for people that make more money. A percentage system seems the most fair to me - as long as at the end of the day the billionaire and I have both paid our equal parts towards continuing this grand experiment. What I DON'T want is a system that ever takes money from someone that works and gives it to someone that doesn't - a system that rewards laziness and establishes a sense of entitlement in its citizens. You are entitled to the products of your own labor. We live in the most vibrant society with arguably the best open economy in the world - if you aren't legitimately incapable of work then get off your seat and stop sucking the life out of hard working folk's pockets.
3) I don't want our government to care about AIDS in Africa or Darfur or anything except its people and their welfare. To me this means that our government would never lift a finger (with your money) to help poor disenfranchised people anywhere, but instead would support faith-based and other charitable organizations to continue to do this in a free-market sense. Are there people that need help? Of course. Is it right for my government to tax me for someone's goodwill projects? I think not.
4) Our politicians are servants, and should serve us from our level - not above. I don't mean to seem "classist", but there aren't very many Americans that are career politicians. Why do they represent us then? I would much rather make those positions more equivalent to pro-bono legal work or even military service. The pay isn't why you do it, right?
5) Screw the environment. Yep. Its not my government's place to make decisions about the environment, its mine. Does that mean I think we should burn our forests down and pump all of our oil into the sea? No...well maybe. It means that I don't think our government should make any decisions that aren't motivated by the need to protect and defend its people (see point 1) and environmentalist notions of "mother earth crying out for help" should mean nothing...well nothing more than any other dirty hippy brainslush.
I realize that these points aren't perfectly developed, and that they may even have some critical faults in logic, but that doesn't change that they're basically what I expect from my government. I don't know what my thoughts make me. Am I a Republican? A Democrat? I guess I'm just a regular guy that expects his government to serve him and not the other way around...a government that has no self-interest. Its like our government is the same as Sky-Net in The Terminator. Its become self-aware...