There seems to be a strange cult of personality surrounding Ron Paul and a lot of people who see him as a huge revolutionarist and something completely new. Well, here are some reasons why I'd never vote for Paul:
1) Paul claims to be a constioutionalist and a libertarian but he opposes the seperation of church and state, apparently wishing to emphasize that america is a christian nation. He is also claming that the constitution is ""replete with references to God.", which is false.
2) He is a creationist who says that evolution is "just a theory". Now, I'm not sure whether or not he actively seeks to increase the teaching of creationism in schools (I think not) but this is an important point because the man is a doctor and calls himself "a scientist" while evidently he does not have a firm grip of either the definition of a scientific theory or genetics, which is something that modern medicine is heavily reliant on and which could not function without evolution. Paul should, as a doctor, have a far better understanding of these mechanisms than a layperson, yet he chooses to ignore the reality and put his own religious views ahead of it while still having the guts to call himself a "scienticst". This point alone demonstrates such levels of cognitive dissonance that I have a hard time understanding how anyone on Slashdot could actually vote for this guy.
3) He wants abortion to be banned on a federal level because in his words "If you can't protect life then how can you protect liberty?". There are several problems with this proposition. Now, I am pro-choice, but I have no problem as such with presidential candidates being against abortion. What I do have a poroblem with is when they seek to legislate their own ethics with no consideration of the consequences. Paul is a doctor, he should be more than aware that there are several means to abort the pregnancy other than the medical procedure, all of them (such as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol) are widely known and all of them are far more dangerous to the mother than an abortion performed by medical professionals. Now, Paul seems to think that banning abortions will end them, which is not true. Making abortions illegal will perhaps make some women reconsider it but it will also cause signifficant harm to a lot of women who end up choosing a back-alley abortion.
In addition, it's inconsistent with his stance on death penalty. According to Paul, the states should be allowed to decide whether or not to use the death penalty but the states should not be allowed to decide whether to alllow abortion. Not only is this stance ass-backwards (IMO the death penalty shopuld be banned on federal level and abortion allowed), it's also a conflicting position. According to him it seems, it should never be allowed to end the "life" of a couople weeks old fetus but it's alright for the state to terminate living adults if they so choose.
4) Paul claims to oppose "congressional overspenfdng" and claims that the goverment should not interfere in business at all, yet for example in 2007 he requested about 400 million dollars in earmarks, including 8 million dollars for the marketing of american shrimp. (source yes, I know, Fox News as a source is stupid but the figures come from the wall street journal)
5) He does not suppor equal rights for minorities, wishing to repeal affirmative action kee the IRS from investigating whether private schools used race as factor in denying entrance,
6) His enviromental policies would cause even more strain to the enviroment than the current ones. Among other things he supports off shore drilling, building more oil refineries, mining on federal lands, no taxes on the production of fuel, and would stop conservation efforts that could be a "Federal obstacle" to building and maintaining refineries. He has also sought to amend the Clean Air Act, repeal the Soil and Water Conservation Act of 1977, and to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to "restrict the jurisdiction of the United States over the discharge of dredged or fill material to discharges into waters".
7) He wishes to withdraw the us form the United Nation
8) He has introduced legislation that would keep the Federal Government "from planning, developing, implementing, or administering any national teacher test or method of certification and from withholding funds from States or local educational agencies that fail to adopt a specific method of teacher certification." In a separate piece of legislation he seeks to "prohibit the payment of Federal Education assistance in States which require the licensing or certification of private schools or private school teachers." So basically the federal government can't regulate teaching credentials and if states opt to require them for private schools they get no aid. So he thinks it's a good idea for teachers with no certification to teach in private schools that are allowed to discriminate on the basis of race.
Now, I admit he does have some good points when it comes to military spending but the above mentioned points (not to mention the whole thing with the gold standard) make me wonder why anyone, especially people as educated and thoughtful as the /. crowd, would want to vote for him.
But then again, I'm not american so maybe I just don't get it. But if I were, I would not want Ron Paul to lead my country.