I've been here a couple months now, and just realized I never introduced myself.
For those who care (and you probably shouldn't), I'm 25, male, gay, a law student (but used to be an actor), and I've been hooked on politics for about ten years now.
Full Dislosure: I consider myself a "liberaltarian." I believe in the liberty of individuals to keep what they earn, and to do what they want . . . but I also believe that
(1) where rights conflict, the democratic government (with an eye on the Constitution) is best suited to regulate the outcome;
(2) the pursuant of equality requires some regulation;
(3) in some areas in which the government has a strong interest (e.g., education, crime-prevention) it should be permitted to regulate fairly widely for the betterment of society (and the people can decide, within reason and the Constitution, what is "for the betterment of society");
(4) the advantaged shouldn't be able to use their power to mislead or keep others disadvantaged; and
(5) people in a country like America shouldn't have to starve or be homeless if they work hard.
All of this basically means I am democrat-leaning when it comes down to it. But I try to be cautious when it comes to government involvement with individual liberty, and when it comes to entitlement programs. I borrow from due process analysis and test the importance of the government's purpose and the means by which it is sought to be implemented to try and make sure the government is not overreaching or legislating ineffectively. I am also moderately pro-life.
On the political compass:
I've had fun on this forum so far. Some great personalities and very interesting points of view.