|Ron Paul, in a photo on his web site: www.ronpaul2012.com|
He is hardcore on immigration, opposing "amnesty" and "birthright citizenship"; seeks the end to the welfare state; and wants to approve offshore oil drilling.
Forget the ugly racism of his newsletters -- which do reflect either his own past racism or a remarkable willingness to allow racists to speak in his name -- his opposition to crony capitalism (which the otherwise sane Robert Scheer lauds) is more about freeing capital than addressing the widening chasm of inequality or aiding those in need.
Pat Buchanan's opposition to free trade comes to mind here, because it was an issue on which the rabid social conservative was able to make common cause with the left. The same thing is happening here. Paul is a libertarian conservative who happens to be right on a couple of issues and not a legitimate standard-bearer for progressives.
It would be better for the left to sit out the 2012 election than vote for Paul.