For a little while, I confess that I was on the Ron Paul bandwagon.
What was most refreshing to me in reference to the Paul candidacy was that the man was willing to go on live national television and repudiate the Drug War and the Iraq adventure. It was obvious that the message of limited government excited a lot of people, as Paul was the most successful fundraiser of the fourth quarter of 2007.
However, I had a creeping suspicion that Paul's friends over at LewRockwell.com would sink him in the mind of the urban, tolerant libertarian (the newly coined phrase is the "cosmopolitan libertarian", a group in which I am proud to consider myself a member).
For a while now, those of us who knew about Paul's possible odious start sort of kept our mouth shut about the whole thing. In retrospect, this was pretty stupid on our parts: this is the age of Google and PDF scans, and nothing was going to stop this stuff from coming to light.
This long post by Matt Welch gives most of y'all who probably have no idea what I'm talking about sufficient background information on the internal libertarian controversy. Of course, you should have been reading Reason's excellent blog, Hit&Run, a long time ago!
Anywho, I've come to realize that while individuals with collectivist beliefs won't necessarily support the State to implement those beliefs, it's almost all-too-often that they will, especially in light of Rep. Paul's ridiculous beliefs on making America a fortress to Mexican workers who peacefully cross our borders just to work.
So, yeah, deuces to you, Ron Paul.