Some of Paul’s ideals made him somewhat unpopular in political circles. It is said, though, that although some of his colleagues may have disagreed with the stances he took, they could not help but respect him for his convictions and courage. Colleagues spoke of his integrity with admiration. He is said to stand by and fight for his principles, not one to easily compromise.
Paul’s unique blend of traditionalist conservatism and libertarianism painted him out to be a very interesting and passionate politician.
Many people saw Paul as a highly idealistic individual, inspired more by his strong political beliefs and ideals rather than by a taste for power. He used his campaigns as venues to ventilate his views; many say that this explains why he ran for office in spite of the odds being against his winning. This has also won for him the interest and admiration of many supporters.
During the 2012 election campaign, many people who listened to his speeches and examined his positions on critical issues were won over to his side. To these people, he showed integrity and reliable, steadfast American values. He revealed his superior understanding of economic principles and why the country was in the situation it was. He was able to demonstrate unquestionable and unwavering support of the Constitution. His sincerity and consistency rang loud and clear in the same things he stood for in the past 3 or 4 decades.
Paul retired from the House of Representatives during the beginning of 2013. His son, Rep. Rand Paul, seems to have inherited the support of the people who admired the elder Mr. Paul while he was in office. Although the son is clearly out to establish his own political identity, to set up his own political niche, he remains a feasible standard-bearer for most of his father’s convictions.
At present, the elder Paul –Ron, still energetically advocates reducing the size of federal government, as well as returning to constitutional principles. He and his wife Carol carry on with their lives, still espousing their causes but with more time on their hands now to enjoy their five children and seventeen grandchildren.