The Texas Congressman has about as much chance of becoming President as I do, but it would be foolish to ignore the movement he has managed to get started: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/kstrasselpw/?id=110010994. I can't divorce Mr. Paul from his kooky supporters, many of whom are nothing more than garden variety anti-Semites. Sorry, but that's the fact. When you're getting endorsed by Holocaust denier Hutton Gibson, that speaks volumes to me.
THAT said.......................you can't--or more appropriately, you shouldn't--ignore the other parts of his message, though unfortunately the other Republican candidates are doing just that. Mr. Paul has spoken forcefully about revamping the tax code, which would have the effect of wiping out the IRS (count me in on that one), putting the dollar back on the gold standard (a fabulous idea which I wish more people would discuss) and of a limited, truly conservative government (unlike the government run by the current inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, who spends our money like a drunken sailor). These are all good ideas, and worthy of legitimate debate. It's our loss that Mr. Paul's refusal to disavow and distance himself from his more "extreme" supporters and his naive foreign policy have resulted in his legitimately good ideas getting lost in the shuffle.