Ron Paul: The Voice of Reason?

He certainly has his eccentricities, but in last night’s Republican debate, Ron Paul seemed to be the only grownup in the room.

Ron PaulI know Ron Paul can be zany, especially when it comes to abolishing the Fed, returning to the gold standard and reducing the federal government to a mom-and-pop-sized enterprise.

He certainly has his eccentricities, such as refusing to wear a seat belt in a car, or a helmet when bicycling, both of which he apparently regards as nanny-state interferences in his constitutionally-protected right to kill himself.

But in last night’s Republican debate, when his fellow candidates were falling over themselves in declaring their willingness to bomb Iran back to the stone age, he was the grown-up, the one voice that warned that what they were talking about would be “another Iraq,” or worse. He also repeated his call to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and generally to avoid meddling in other nations’ affairs. Occupy Wall Street loves his ideas.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12

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