Like many of the liberal persuasion, when GOP candidate Ron Paul appeared on my radar, I checked him out. His anti-war stance (unique among his ilk) made him seem like something different. Something potentially supportable, or at least stomachable.
Just a few minutes spent on his web site revealed his decidedly un-libertarian beliefs about reproductive freedom for women, as in, they shouldn’t have it. Just that was enough to scratch him off of my list, so I didn’t bother looking any deeper.
The Daily Kos, on the other hand, looked into Paul’s record, transcripts, and the newsletters he sent to his supporters back in the 90’s. Aside from only favoring the rights of people other than pregnant women, Paul’s history also reveals racism, gay-baiting, anti-Semitism, anti-environmentalism, and assorted right-wingery.
Don’t cast a vote for Ron Paul just because Clinton/Obama/Edwards fall short of perfect. He is not what his fervent supporters claim him to be.