I apologize for my long absense; I have been out of the country and away from internet access for some time, but am back and making an effort to redirect my mental energies toward what I consider to be a good cause. I will try to give all the new comments on Issues 17 their due as well. Please bear with me.
I will start of this return by saying how happy I am to see that Ron Paul has decided to run for President. He is one of the few people in elected office willing to stand up against something that may be politically popular to say "This isn't what real freedom is." Being able to do that is critical, and even where I don't agree with him, I recognize him as the clear choice candidate to champion the cause of Liberty, to do the most toward making us a little bit freer, and to do so even if the idea, such as legalizing drugs, isn't the most popular one with his "conservative" base.
The real test of most people's strategy will come in the primaries. As the linked article above says, he is only fifth among Republican voters, yet in a hypothetical general election stands the best chance to come out on top over President Obama. To anyone voting for a Republican candidate in the primaries, this should be an important factor to remember as you vote: your vote for the most conservative candidate rather than Ron Paul may ensure your candidate's eventual demise in the general election.