Honestly it's nice to see that the right can field a candidate that's a different kind of crazy than normal. Not that I'm saying that the left is any better, righties. Part of running for president is lying your ass off and making promises that you can't possibly keep. Quite a few of the things that presidential candidates promise voters are things that the president has little to no influence over. Ron Paul takes it a step further and promises basically everything that everyone wants to hear. I was reading an article earlier about his belief that the recreational use of drugs (Marijuana specifically, but he worded it in such a way that it opens the door for crack, meth and heroin addicts - As he said that the government has no business telling anyone what they can and cannot put into their bodies.) should totally be up to the users and his support of legalizing recreational marijuana use. I think it's kind of sad that he's pandering to addicts to support, and I'm sadder that it actually seems to work somewhat as on these very forums I've seen a handful of people state their intent to vote for him primarily because of that.
I applaud him for having success as a different type of candidate, but I'd never actually vote for him. It gives me hope that the parties will be able to field different and perhaps decent candidates after Obama's next 4 years. Keeping in mind that I didn't vote for Obama last time around ... I'll definitely vote for him this time around as he's the least bad choice, sadly. This will be the third election in a row where I've had to vote for a candidate that's less bad than the other, rather than for a good candidate. Sad.
It's boggling how you could come to the conclusion that he panders to anyone. He's been saying the same thing for 30 years. Are you really telling me that what he says was popular when he was saying it in the 80's? If what you said were true, that he says what everyone wants to hear, he would have been in the white house the first time he tried in '88 and the second time in 2008.
A lot of people misrepresent what he says or misunderstands and you are one of those people. He doesn't want to and has never said he would legalize drugs but rather decriminalize
it. It would then be up to the individual states to make their own rules. When you accuse him of pandering to addicts, at best its being ignorant at the worst you're just plain lying.