Dr. Paul is small. That is, he is the only candidate in either party seriously talking about small government. What's more, he means it. The other candidates in both wings of the Republicrat party never tire of telling us what government can and will do for us and the world. Only Dr. Paul is talking about what we can again do for ourselves. "Dr. No" earned his nickname by voting "nay" to any bill put before the house that provided for something not authorized by The Constitution of the United States of America. What is Dr. Paul's federalism if not Schumacherian decentralization, in which states and local communities would be able to manage their own affairs as they see fit and as they know best? Let San Francisco be San Francisco and let Utah be Utah and let busybodies on the left and right be damned.
Dr. Paul is cheap. Ours is a debtor nation, with a gross national debt nearing fourteen digits. Dr. Paul will end the cycle of "tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend" of which Bush the First accused his opponent, and to which we might add "borrow, borrow, borrow." Ever the medical doctor, he has diagnosed the source of the hemorrhaging and would end America's Empire of Bases, all 737 of them, before he would cut one cent of social spending, realizing that many Americans have become as dependant on it. He would then move on to cutting waste at home, starting first and foremost by eliminating corporate welfare. He would get rid of the IRS and the Federal Reserve.
Dr. Paul is comprehensible. His positions on the important matters of our day are as clear as day. His platform is the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, described as "quaint" by the current régime. Dr. No's voting record is one of consistent constitutionalism. With Ron Paul, it is like having one of the founding fathers in the presidential race.
Dr. Paul is non-violent. He is the only candidate in either party to have mentioned the Just War Principles which are at the heart of Christian civilization, and which categorically reject the notion of "preventative" war, which is what the neocons gave us in Iraq and hope to spread to Iran, and what neoliberals gave us during the Clinton years. However, Dr. Paul is neither a pacifist nor an isolationist; he voted for the authorization to pursue terrorists in Afghanistan, an effort that the current régime quickly abandoned in favor of nation-building. Ron Paul is an advocate of American non-interventionism as described in his brilliant essay, The Original American Foreign Policy, in which he says that "our founding fathers had it right when they argued for peace and commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military alliances."
Definitions of the word "crank" inevitably include the word "eccentric," but what is eccentric about the small, safe, cheap, comprehensible, nonviolent, and efficient ideas outlined above. George Orwell famously stated, "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." In these Orwellian times, telling the truth is an eccentric or cranky act as well, but that does not make the truths spoken by Dr. Ron Paul any less necessary for the peace and prosperity of America.