+Hari Saravanah Sivakumar
: While I think your idea of what a gold standard means might be a little off, after further research I've found that it's actually irrelevant to the conversation of Ron Paul. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_paul#Political_positions
"he does not endorse a "return" to a gold standard – as the U.S. government has established during the past – but instead prefers to eliminate legal tender laws and to remove the sales tax on gold and silver, so that the market may freely decide what type of monetary standard(s) there shall be."
The issue of Fair Tax vs. Flat Tax seems to be something under debate by the Tea Party, but Paul himself wants to do away with the income tax completely by reducing government spending.
And Ron Paul is not a member of the Tea Party, only its "intellectual godfather." The party was started on some of his ideas, but it's also changed a lot since then. You could argue that by running as a Republican he's endorsing current Republican views, but he has said himself that he refuses to endorse any other Republican candidate because none of them represent his position. The man values principles over associations.