The next presidential election is still three years away, but I'm already thinking about the kind of candidate I'd like to support. My concept of an ideal presidential candidate would have the following stands on the key issues of the day. He or she should be:
(1) In favor of stem-cell research, as long as babies aren't aborted or people aren't cloned specifically for that purpose.
(2) Against the war in Iraq. I'm looking for someone who was against it from the get-go and favors getting out as soon as reasonably possible.
(3) Anti-abortion, with the exceptions being only when the life or health of the mother is endangered, rape, and non-consensual incest.
(4) In favor of strong border security and a serious crackdown on illegal immigration.
(5) Against gay marriage and in favor of marriage-like rights only for legally married heterosexual couples.
(6) A strong proponent of the First Amendment, who loathes censorship with the exception of real child pornography (material showing actual children being sexually abused) or cases in which not censoring would directly endanger someone's life or health.
(7) A strong proponent of the Second Amendment, who will only agree to the most basic of limits on guns like instant registration and banning convicted felons from owning them.
(8) Someone who defines religious freedom as simply meaning that the government cannot establish a state church or religion and must allow everyone to freely practice their own chosen religion, if any.
(9) In favor of replacing the federal income tax with a federal sales tax.
(10) In favor of free and fair trade with other countries.
(11) Against a nationalized healthcare system.
(12) Against government redistribution of wealth.
Obviously, it's going to be difficult to find a candidate with these exact views, as some of these views are considered conservative, while others are considered liberal. However, I'll keep looking.