Yes. I think he is honest, principled and passionate about helping the country, which is incredibly refreshing to see from a politician, most of whom are dishonest, unprincipled, and passionate about helping themselves.
While, I respect the man and his intentions tremendously, I am convinced that the structural changes to society and the economy brought about by implementing his policies would inadvertently cause terrible damage and suffering to huge numbers of people.
I know these are unintended consequences, but MariconesUnited is right: it is
short-sighted to look only at the reasons behind someone's voting records. Ron Paul is a smart man with the best of intentions, but restructuring society based on solely on ideological theory (even a good and benevolent ideological theory like his) rather than empirical evidence, can have all sorts of terrible results.
Please note that I do not support the current system as it stands, and I think much of what Ron Paul says in his criticisms is very much worth listening to, but I don't think that the solutions he proposes should all be enacted without some serious study and understanding of what their effects might be. I guess I'd like to see some of what he proposes enacted, rather than all of it.
Originally Posted by MariconesUnited
I think it's short-sighted to look only at the reasons behind someone's voting records. As we know, sometimes we intend something and get something different. This is especially true of legislation. Paul may have good intentions, but many of his ideas would collectively hurt the middle and lower classes.
He may be different, but that might mean he's a whole lot worse as well.