I feel like a super-liberal Christian when I compare myself to other Christians I see… the thing is though with the way I understand the Bible, I see my views as being true to what I see there, so in a way… does this mean I should say I’m technically super-conservative? What? I have no idea.
I feel the same.
I want to call myself a conservative. I believe in God, personal responsibility, a balanced budget, and people minding their own business. Capitalism is sleazy, but it can work as long as it is kept within limits. As a Chicagoan, I have nothing against sleaze as long as it works. Unfortunately, the label was co-opted by people who want to legislate religion, police the world heedless of the cost, and diminish personal responsibility as a contributor to success by undermining society’s plodding progress toward equality of opportunity. It infuriates me to see people like Romney, born on third base, rant about personal responsibility like they hit home runs. Personal responsibility works best when there is a reasonably level playing field, when a determined kid from the most disadvantaged family has a good chance of moving up. We have a long way to go before that is true.
The evangelical wing of Neoconservatism lacks a theological or biblical leg to stand on, but that is another rant.