"...the American Civil Liberties Union launched a new campaign this year -- ACLU Liberty Watch 2012 -- to be a watchdog on the candidates of all parties so that the Constitution is defended throughout the election campaign... we’re releasing a report card today, with the ACLU’s Constitution and civil liberties experts providing a critical assessment of the major candidates of all parties, grading them with four to zero constitutional “torches” on seven key issues, including national security, immigration, marriage equality and reproductive choice..."PDF Link - http://www.aclulibertywatch.org/ALWCandidateReportCard.pdf
And that's not even counting issues which would have widened the gap - the death penalty, the drug war, indefinite detention and imprisonment, political assassination without due process, gun rights... Of course Gary Johnson, who I'd favor over Paul and Obama, is now running as a third party Libertarian independent, trumps the both of them. Though his chances are between 0 and none, sadly. Apropos is a column by Glenn Greenwald last week that highlights how Ron Paul espouses the same ideals "progressives" said they believed in that have been all but betrayed in the Obama administration. Much, much more at the link - Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com:
"...The candidate supported by progressives — President Obama — himself holds heinous views on a slew of critical issues and himself has done heinous things with the power he has been vested. He has slaughtered civilians — Muslim children by the dozens — not once or twice, but continuously in numerous nations with drones, cluster bombs and other forms of attack. He has sought to overturn a global ban on cluster bombs. He has institutionalized the power of Presidents — in secret and with no checks — to target American citizens for assassination-by-CIA, far from any battlefield. He has waged an unprecedented war against whistleblowers, the protection of which was once a liberal shibboleth. He rendered permanently irrelevant the War Powers Resolution, a crown jewel in the list of post-Vietnam liberal accomplishments, and thus enshrined the power of Presidents to wage war even in the face of a Congressional vote against it. His obsession with secrecy is so extreme that it has become darkly laughable in its manifestations, and he even worked to amend the Freedom of Information Act (another crown jewel of liberal legislative successes) when compliance became inconvenient.