We all know that to be a politician is to be a liar; these people will do and say anything to gain power, and to keep it. The State itself is the earthy father of lies, so its democratic game could hardly be honest. Everyone knows this, at least implicitly, so even a changing series of prevarications are not taken quite as seriously as they would be in private society. An important part of Ron Paul's appeal, on the other hand, is his transparent truthfulness. When he changes his mind--he used to favor capital punishment, now, as a consistent pro-lifer, he opposes it--it is a considered and serious matter, stemming from massive reading and the working out of his religious and political principles introspectively. No one has to agree with Ron 100% to know that is is a very different sort of candidate, a man with no power lust who actually does want what's right for all of us.