For future reference, my political philosophy is outlined here: A fully formed philosophy must include at least three dimensions, not the usual one dimensional, left to right, or conservative to liberal model with the individual placing him/herself usually somewhere near the center. The right to left, or let’s call it the X axis of my model, goes from limited government to big government. I think it is safe to say that conservatives are supposed to support a limited government, lower taxes, and less intrusion into individual affairs. The so called conservative administration currently in the white house could not be called conservative by that definition, not while increasing the power and expense of the federal government. Nor could a “social conservative” stance against gay marriage and abortion be considered rightist by the definition I’ve just given, as that idea advocates that the government, not the individual, make some basic life decisions. None of that means that conservatives are being hypocritical, not when you add the Y and Z axes to the model. The issue of gay marriage is on the Y axis, authoritarian to libertarian, and has nothing to do with the right to left continuum. The authoritarian would have the government use its authority to dictate who might marry who, while the libertarian would leave that decision to the individual. The issue of abortion is on the same axis. The Z axis of the model is from pragmatist to ideologue. Take, for example, the issue of universal health coverage. This issue has been labeled as an extreme liberal position, but is it really? A pragmatist would favor this syllogism: The US is the only developed country without universal coverage, We pay more than any other country in the world for health care, Therefore, we should consider universal coverage. While an ideologue would be more likely to favor this one: Universal care is socialistic Socialism doesn’t work, Therefore, universal care won’t work. That explained, my philosophy is at the smaller government side of the X axis, on the extreme libertarian edge of the Y axis, and at the pragmatist extreme of the Z axis. Conservatives will still call me a liberal, of course, since I think Bush is an idiot, abortion should be an individual’s choice, and the war in Iraq was a mistake. Liberals might call me a conservative, since I constantly rant about the cost and power of the federal government. Call me what you like, as I don’t subscribe to a one dimensional philosophy. I’m a pragmatic libertarian conservative. Addendum: Since I wrote this several months ago, I've become so disillusioned with the federal government that I favor leaving the question of health care to the states, rather than to that black hole that sucks in dollars, never again to see the light of day. Perhaps one day some sanity might creep into the federal bureaucracy, but as of now, the feds are incapable of doing more than throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away.