A politician named Ron Paul is running for the Republican party nomination for president. Tech Crunch has an article about his Web 2.0 based campaign which also includes a link to a google interview with him.
Here’s the good things about him:
- He strongly defends the constitution and the rule of law, so he’s not a totally bad guy (unlike many of the current politicians who believe that the US president should be able to do whatever he wishes).
- He wants to refrain from “helping” other countries with their “defense” – such help from the US has caused most of the wars and terrorism around the world since WW2.
- He wants to reduce military spending to 1/3 current levels (he could reduce it to 1/10 current levels and still be able to prevent a combined attack by Russia and China).
- He wants to restore liberty.
- He seems to be in support of repealing most drug laws – but his statements weren’t clear.
Here’s the bad:
- He wants to remove income tax and give the smallest possible government – no consumer protection laws among other things.
- He thinks that hospitals should be run by churches and have no government funded medical system.
- He doesn’t want restrictions on pharmacists who refuse to sell certain drugs (IE the contraceptive pill) – but with no restrictions on who can be a pharmacist such things could be bought without prescription even…
Here’s the ugly:
- He claims that guns on planes might have prevented 9-11.
Still, he’s a lot better than any other Republican who seems to be in the running.