While I vigorously disagree with pretty much Paul says — the Gold Standard seems like a pretty good way to freeze up the markets tighter than Mariah Carey's painted-on jeans — I really do like the guy.
Paul earnestly believes in what he says. Now, while über-douche ex-Premier Mike Harris also believed in what he said, and I disagreed with 99.99% of what he said as well, Paul earns my respect because he'll tell you exactly what's on his mind, and why. Harris, on the other hand, was sneaky; he'd piss on your leg and tell you it's TAX CUTS TAX CUTS TAX CUTS.
Not Ron Paul, though. "We need to lower taxes, because the government can't tell anyone what to do." Crazy? Sure, but at least his crazy runs clear. Harris, late 1990s: "We need to lower taxes, because relative to the other provinces, and the future of Ontario depends on having a business environment which blah blah blah privatize everything, blah blah."
(Actually, he never would've said "privatize everything." He'd piss on your leg and tell you it didn't make sense for someone as pushy as the Government of Ontario to, oh, I dunno, oversee the testing of the municipal water supply in Walkerton in 2000. That didn't turn out well, by the way.)
For the record, this Ron Paul Lovefest was inspired by a quote I read on fark.com, posted by one "rexslamman," which was on a link I followed from this brilliantly satirical website:
Eccentric lunatics aren't radicals. Radicals use compelling, rational arguments combined with force to push extremist political dogma. Ron Paul is like Tori Amos, but replace rape with taxes and terrible music with libertarianism. Cynthia McKinney, on the other hand, was probably dropped on her head as an infant.
He's blunt, but he's got a point. (Sorry, kellylo, I've never been able to get into Amos' music either.)