I don't get Ron Paul.
Actually, scratch that: I don't understand the considerable support he has from the young, internet-savvy crowd that I tend to hang around.
I won't even touch the fact that many of his policies are incredibly nonviable on a political level, the allegations of racism, or that he apparently thinks the south was the "right" side of the Civil War (seriously, I won't touch them. Look them up and judge for yourselves; I don't want to be accused of intentionally coloring your opinions for my own dastardly purposes or whatever. I mean, I totally just did that by mentioning them at all, but yeah. Whatever, get over it).
No, the Ron Paul policy that sticks out to me is his stance on same-sex marriage (which is of course a whole lot better than that of his "competition," most of whom are far, far too blusteringly insane for me to even bother criticizing!). His stance, in short, is that "the states should decide."
This strikes me as a really serious and blatant sidestepping of an important issue, but for some reason it doesn't get too much attention. Why? Like, I know people who verifiably support same-sex marriage, and either don't notice or don't care that Ron Paul essentially believes that taking rights away from homosexuals is fine so long as his government of choice is the one that's doing it.
What strikes me hardest about this is the sheer mindlessness of it. It's like Paul isn't interested in actually making direct contributions to the country's present well-being... just in promoting an ideal. And considering how documentedly unelectable he's been throughout the years, that's kind of a "duh"-- many of the people who throw their weight behind Ron Paul are less interested in the Ron Paul gestalt than they are in the philosophy he represents. But that doesn't explain the people who are legitimately interested in seeing Ron Paul become president. Why have I read Facebook comments from intelligent people who explicit dismiss accusations of Paul's racism as "not important" (but not "untrue")? Why does any intelligent, socially-conscious person think of him as an even remotely desirable candidate?