givemeliberty wrote: I really like Ron Paul's views, but I have trouble fully embracing him. I sense something off about him, but I don't know what it is (i.e., dishonesty or something like that).
With 30 years in politics, is it safe to say he's a career politician? Was a career in politics what the founding fathers had in mind for our congress?
He is a reluctant career politician whose voting record proves his allegiance to principles over party, truth over short-term advantage, and bringing to the forefront, those principles that your avatar (Benson) espoused. Would that all such people were career politicians. Now, given his long career, in which he is the only congressman to consistently return unused congressional office operating funds to the treasury year after year, he would support term-limits, but until that idea gains traction, it is good to have men like him in office.
I'm fine if you feel he rubs you the wrong way; that's your prerogative. However, it is laughable for a Mitt Romney sympathizer to question the honesty of someone who has been painstakingly honest and consistent for 30 years. Dishonesty does not belong in the same solar system of thought as Ron Paul. I recommend you channel your "something off" feelings into some other, non-laughable criticism.
In terms of political understanding, Ezra T. Benson and Ron Paul are nearly synonymous. PLEASE, read his books (or his years of Texas Straight Talk articles) before talking down about THE FOREMOST defender of the US Constitution for the past 30 years.
"It is a time-honored adage that love begets love. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind, and the Lord will reward us with everlasting increase." - Joseph Smith Jr. (Not the John Lennon, new-age, counterfeit love.)