Here Are the Best Questions Reddit Has For Ron Paul

The former congressman and presidential candidate hosted Reddit AMA on Thursday.

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. 
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Aug. 22, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

On Thursday, for the second time, Ron Paul, the liber­tari­an polit­ic­al rock-star and fath­er of Rand, hos­ted a red­dit AMA (or, Ask Me Any­thing, for the lay­man). Paul, who re­tired from the House at the end of the last Con­gress, is us­ing the plat­form to get some hype for his new on­line chan­nel, aptly named The Ron Paul Chan­nel. Paul de­scribes the chan­nel, and his up­com­ing AMA in a video on red­dit’s You­Tube page:

In a quick video, Ron Paul runs through his val­ues he hopes to talk to red­dit users about:

End­ing the sense­less war on drugs, fight­ing for per­son­al free­dom, op­pos­ing the po­lice and sur­veil­lance state, ex­pos­ing gov­ern­ment cor­por­ate col­lu­sion, and get­ting Amer­ica to stop mak­ing war on the world.

If that list isn’t a fine way of pan­der­ing to red­dit, then no list is a fine way of pan­der­ing to red­dit.

Some corners of red­dit star­ted get­ting the en­gine run­ning early for the AMA, such as r/Bit­coin, which called this “a per­fect op­por­tun­ity to pro­mote Bit­coin,” and r/con­spir­acy, where a red­dit­or said it “might be a good time to get a cla­ri­fic­a­tion of [Paul’s] stance on 9/11 Truth and its im­plic­a­tions on the fu­ture of our so­ci­ety.” Ron Paul was a little late to start the ac­tu­al AMA, which res­ul­ted in an all caps, AMA Re­quest: WE WANT RON PAUL WE WANT RON PAUL.

The people of red­dit want their Ron Paul. Here are the best things they asked him, and the best re­sponses. We’ll up­date as they come in.

First up, Bit­coin! Ron Paul sup­ports oth­er cur­ren­cies.

Paul also com­men­ted on the sen­ten­cing of Chelsea Man­ning, formerly Brad­ley Man­ning. Paul thinks she should be “re­leased now.”

Paul also took the time to humbly an­swer this ques­tion about bravery:

Be­ing on the In­ter­net, the former Con­gress­man also man­aged to squeeze in a zinger:

Oh, and those 9/11 truth­ers made it in. 

But no an­swer from Paul. Yet.

The former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate took on Man­ning again, and Ed­ward Snowden. He says whistle-blowers “ob­vi­ously ought to be pro­tec­ted”

And, to the dis­ap­point­ment of his audi­ence, Ron Paul shot down any pos­sible 2016 pres­id­en­tial bid:

Paul also talked about his fa­vor­ite pres­id­ent: Grover Clev­e­land.

And is Ron Paul just a cre­ation of the In­ter­net? He takes on the con­spir­acy.

And an an­swer to a uni­ver­sal, polit­ic­al mys­tery: what kind of name is Rand? A phys­i­cian’s name, ap­par­ently.

To no one’s sur­prise, Ron Paul also re­af­firmed his stance on marijuana leg­al­iz­a­tion, and pre­dicted that “at some point in the near fu­ture there will not be much en­force­ment of the fed­er­al laws against marijuana.”

He so far, however, hasn’t answered this:

But this ques­tion kind of summed up much of the feel­ing about Paul dur­ing the AMA:

Or this com­ment:

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