Ron Paul, while still seeking liberty, and more importantly, life, has backed away from many libertarian basics. Libertarians would permit all manner of pornography, drugs, gambling, and unlimited statements in print, including the internet, and would disallow many searches and seizures. Libertarians would allow professional jurists, and not support forced jury duty. Insider trading would be allowed. Drivers couldn’t be stopped in search of alcohol or drugs without probable cause. Those tried for crimes and found innocent would be entitled to compensation. This entitlement would in many ways tie the hands of prosecutors, and restrict prosecution of criminals. But these are libertarian standards, and Ron Paul speaks his own mind.
Paul is one of the few Republican candidates to actively address issues, and to express ideologies and beliefs. He, like many in the Tea Party movement, would make severe changes to American government. Changes may be warranted, but the nature of the changes is soon to be in the hands of the American voters.