Thoughtful reader Freedom2Learn writes in and asks, "Is Ron Paul worthy of a mention? I'm curious as to what your gang thinks.
I don't have a lot of time to participate on your blog, but I at least skim it daily - I learn a lot - very interesting!"
Well thanks for stopping by Freedom. I always enjoy your comments and I think you should dive in more often.
Here's my take on Ron Paul: That he's a libertarian tells you most of what you need to about his positions on the issues...he believes in the supreme rights of the individual, limited government meddling in our lives, a reactionary military rather than a pre-emptive one, and basically the right of the individual to pursue happiness in any way, both personal and economic, that doesn't obstruct any other individual from pursuing happiness. He's fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Actually, most conservatives fall into that category too, though they won't admit it. The big difference between Ron Paul and rank-and-file republicans is that he doesn't wish to legislate morality as do Bush, Rove, and others.
That's the basic question you have to ask yourself about the republican and libertarian parties.
That being said, the Libertarian party is a marginal party and you could say that voting for Ron Paul is a wasted vote or a vote not cast against Hillary. On the other hand, a purist would say voting your beliefs, regardless of chances of winning, is as useful as voting for a major party candidate. Because if enough people do that, other major candidates start to take notice the next time around, and compete for those votes by embracing the principles those voters respond to. To reflexively vote for republicans just re-enforces the dreadful big-government policies they have embraced. The point is that your vote counts regardless for whom it is cast.
Bottom line, the longer Ron Paul stays in the race, putting his ideas out there, and getting financial support for them, the more the other candidates will take notice and move in the libertarian direction in order to win those votes. To me, that can only be a good thing.