Ron Paul supporters praise their candidate for consistency but are willing to ignore his glaring inconsistencies on crucial decisions. He says he opposes foreign wars – and wants no military action without formal declarations of war. But 11 years ago he backed war on Afghanistan with no declaration of war. In 1988, when Reagan was still president, Paul resigned from the Republican Party and denounced its leadership as phony conservatives; he ran as a Libertarian nominee for president and got less than one percent of the vote.
He then returned to the GOP to run for Congress, but wouldn’t support the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008—and won’t commit to backing the Republican nominees this time. For all its faults, the GOP remains the only vehicle for conservative change, and Ron Paul’s relationship to that party has been consistently…erratic and unpredictable.