Dr. Paul has his weak points ---
- In terms of monetary policy: most of the goldbuggery and calls to abolish the Federal Reserve are a bit extreme. I'd be quite happy with some deeper scrutiny and more stringent accountability of the Fed to Congress.
- Foreign Policy: I'd love to see a drawing down of our global military presence, but at present it is not entirely realistic. Again, I'd be happy with disengaging the Middle East, and re-aligning our ground forces back to CONUS while maintaining a global strike/global reach capability, along with a solid nuclear triad, and counternuclear/ICBM counter measures. But put any "peace dividend" into scaling up renewable energy technologies - particularly that algae item, and also into drilling and harvesting other fossil fuels within our EEZ and sequestering it for our domestic markets, and not selling it to the world.
- All That Racism Stuff: I'm willing to cut the man a little slack, in that he is nearly 80 years old, and he is likely a product of an upbringing in a different era. Plus, I don't think that he would be stupid enough to publicly voice any such prejudices he supposedly had 20-30 years ago in a society that is all too ready to shred him over the first un-PC thing he might want to say.
At the same time, he appeals to me because of his message of liberty - reduced federal interference in nearly every aspect of our lives, lowered taxes, and no more unnecessary foreign wars.
Dismantling the Culture of Fear Police State that arose during Bush '43 and was perfected by Obama.
Among other things