I'm curious about why an old geezer like Ron Paul has such a fan base among some of the younger voters. It reminds me of the position that Timothy Leary occupied in the Sixties’ youth culture. Young people naturally value their independence. And they like it when a titular grown-up like Leary (Harvard prof.) gives them permission to do their own thing. An authority-figure who tells them it's okay to question authority.
I wonder if Ron Paul's seniority and libertarianism isn't the contemporary counterpart. Yes, he's a social conservative, but what does that really amount to if gov't has no right to legislate morality? Isn't this ultimately just another appeal to personal autonomy? "Don't tread on me!"