One of the most common arguments ("cop-outs" is more like it) against my views is that I am a servile tool of Fox News. While I don't deny that many of my views line up with that News TV/Radio station's more conservative hosts (I only know of them via Wikipedia, the occasional radio program, and YouTube clips...I have literally never watched Fox News live in my life), let me outline the more prominent differences between my views and the Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh/Bill O'Reilly trifecta:
1. Government is not the enemy. Do I think government should be smaller and more accountable? Yes. But I'm not on some crusade fueled by a deep-seated hatred and mistrust of government. There are some things that the private sector cannot and should not handle, and I'm okay with that. I believe that the role of government's social safety net should be enough to keep people from starving or dying, not to correct all the ills of society.
2. Barack Obama is not a socialist. He is a middle-left liberal. Moreover, he has proven that when it comes right down to it, he is capable of acting with a degree of responsibility and is willing to flout his party to that end (Afghanistan). That being said, I am no fan of most of his policies.
3. Taxes can and should go up. The scales of power tip favorably to those with the most economic clout, and our debts should take precedence over anything else. Raising taxes and cutting spending will provided the biggest help to that end. There's no guarantee that government intervention will pull us out of recession faster, and I'm wondering if it's not entirely counterproductive. China can get away with its humanitarian violations because the world will not bite the hand that feeds them.
4. Global warming is real and I oppose the politicization of science. Why is it that global warming was never called into question until it was decided to be politicized? That doesn't mean I'm driving a Prius or using reusable grocery bags; it simply means I acknowledge humans have played a role in the warming of the planet.
5. Liberal media bias is not a conspiracy, it's merely a reality caused by personality types. Certain occupations generally attract certain kinds of people. Investment bankers, Marines, and CEOs tend to hold conservative views; artists, writers, musicians, and reporters tend to hold liberal views. That being said, there's obviously a strong niche for spinning the news to the right; just look at Fox News. However, I believe that bias in the news is not as pervasive a problem as it seems and outside of commentators hired to give their opinions, is only perpetrated by a few bloated egos (Dan Rather, Barbra Walters, Katie Couric, et. al.).
6. Christianity and conservatism are not inextricable. One could make the case that Jesus was a liberal. You could certainly say that the culture of callousness and hostility towards foreigners, minorities, and the poor fostered by certain corners of the conservative movement are antithetical to Christianity. I don't think that government or business are by nature good or evil; they can both be made to serve a higher purpose.
7. Attitudes on Bush. Most of the Fox News ilk have low regard for GW Bush as a traitor to conservatism and see him as little more than a big-government neo-con. I view him as a fine man and I could've asked for no better leader to guide us through one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.
8. Partisan puritanism is self-righteous and solves nothing. We need to work together and compromise in order to serve the common good. Principles are worthless unless they lead to action. Standing your ground and refusing to budge because of your quest for ideological purity may feel good but does nothing for those that demand change in policy to meet their needs.
Anyways, short answer: Fox News = Conservative Libertarian Puritans, Me = Mainstream Republican.