While I more or less identify as a libertarian (and they'll only have me because there's nothing they can really do about it), the reality is that I don't fully belong to any party or ideology.
This isn't one of those meaningless "I reject political labels" statements that can only be made by politicians who are in fact perfectly described by the label they are busy rejecting, this is more of a slightly disappointing acceptance of reality.
I read blogs and listen to podcasts from a variety of political viewpoints (well, except for Leftist stuff, as I absorbed all that I can ever possibly need in my first 30-some years) and I get much out of them, but I always find myself in significant disagreement with some central tenet of the party or ideology I'm listening to.
Probably this is for the best, uncomfortable as it is. It means I am forever on my toes, always probing to find the areas where I disagree with someone, always knowing I can't take everything said at face value. Exhausting yet liberating.
Why do I find myself in this situation? Well, see if you can spot the items that put me at odds with each ideology/party out there:
I believe absolutely in freedom of speech and thought.
I believe absolutely in the freedom and basic rights of women and all people, even those who live in countries other than the one I happen to be in.
I believe slavery and oppression are bad regardless of religion or country.
I do not believe in God.
I do not believe in talking other people out of believing in God.
I am very uncomfortable with guns and unable to muster enthusiasm when it comes to restrictions on them.
I believe in killing people who intend harm to my country.
I believe in overthrowing oppressive regimes when doing so aligns with my country's interests, and in not interfering otherwise even if there are moral reasons to do so.
I believe all immigration is good -- legal, illegal, whatever -- and welcome every well-meaning immigrant who comes to my country to create a better life.
I believe economic liberty and a free market system are central to wealth and health and overall liberty.
I believe that a government and government intervention are critical to the existence of a civil society.
I believe that government intervention in any sphere of life should be thought of like chemo-therapy: Unfortunately necessary, to be applied as much as required but not one whit more, and of no benefit if it kills the patient before the cancer does.
I believe that the ills of too much of a free market are infinitely preferable to the ills of too much government.
I believe in freedom of choice when it comes to abortion.
I believe that if you believe abortion is murder, then the only morally-acceptable view is that abortion should be illegal in all cases except where the life of the mother is at stake.
I believe that most popular tenets of environmentalism -- organic food, locally-produced goods, zero landfill -- are magical thinking designed to make the thinker feel good, and almost always result in the worst possible decisions for helping the planet or the people on it.
I believe adults should be allowed to do as they wish if they are not harming others.
I do not believe that adults doing whatever they wish means they always do what they should, but I believe liberty trumps morality and practicality.
I believe humans bring meaning to nature, and that nature has no inherent benefit or usefulness without humans to make use of it.
I believe that I must be wrong about a great many things, and therefore should always proceed with humility and do my best to test my beliefs against the arguments of others.
If none of these statements pissed you off -- well, first I don't believe you, and second perhaps we should start a new movement together!