Bill (William), do you not think that Ron Paul can compete with your nominee, Pres. Obama? The President has been a disappointment on civil liberties, no?
My view is rather pragmatic, actually. Age first. At 76, he carries a burden of age and energy — granting that I have a mother in law at 93 who still drives herself to church. Second, I think that his strong individualism is too much of an acquired taste for the general election (CNN polls not withstanding). The center has a greater communitarian sense, a sense that I’m not sure that Rep. Paul is willing to surrender his ideals for; indeed that principled stance has been his calling card.
And on civil liberties, the security state is thing to be resisted and constitutionally chained. There, I am with you (and Paul).