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Jon Huntsman’s Values : Supporter Ad or Hit Piece?


A newly released ad by a Ron Paul ‘supporter’ is garnering much negative attention.

The video shows Jon Huntsman speaking Chinese, dressed up as Mao, and a host of other negative and illogical things.

The uploader of the video is ‘NHLiberty4Paul,’ but I truly do question whether or not they are actually a Paul supporter. The video was uploaded on January 4th and has 29 likes to 1,090 despite a flood of Paul supporters demanding it be taken down in the comment section. Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton has also come out and stated, “The video is disgusting. Whoever put it up should remove it immediately.” However, the video still remains up.

I have serious doubts this video is the work of a Ron Paul supporter. Why would they leave it up despite such a negative reaction? Why is the actual video so illogical and racially charged? Why is it this person has only uploaded this one video? Why ignore Paul’s camp when they asked for this video to be taken down? What exactly would the purpose of the video if it is actually the work of a Ron Paul supporter? The video was quickly linked to Huntsman’s webpage, and within a few hours had Huntsman’s daughters talking about it throughout the media.

I would find it very believable and likely this act is intended to smear Paul and shed a bad light on his supporters (whom are often mocked and labelled as ‘Paulbots’ on social media). This video also has a high probability of being the direct work of Jon Huntsman’s camp.

There remain questions concerning this video, and I will update if I come across anything.

Update: the video has been uploaded again. This time on the account ‘NH4Santorum.’ This, imo, makes it even more clear this isn’t the work of a Paul supporter. The link for the channel is ‘http://www.youtube.com/user/NH4Santorum‘.

Another profile has uploaded the video, this time under a Mitt Romney username.
http://www.youtube.com/user/NH4MittRomney
This event has become an obvious fraud.

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Politics

 

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Ron Paul Surging In New Hampshire


The New Hampshire primary is fast approaching – its on the 10th – and Ron Paul is experiencing positive news; his campaign is surging in New Hampshire, at least according to a Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll taken on Wednesday. While Romney sits quite comfortably ahead, polling at 38%, Paul holds 24% to Santorum’s 11 and Gingrich’s 9.

Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton had this to say:
“On the heels of his close third place finish at the Iowa Caucus, Ron Paul is polling a strong second place in New Hampshire. From here on out, it is a two-man race between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney given that one of the tickets out of Iowa was a dead-end due to Rick Santorum’s glaring lack of viability,”

Personally, I expect a Romney win, a Paul second, and Santorum third. I expect Santorum’s campaign will begin to really lose its steam – his issues will now be brought to light and he’ll experience harsh criticisms for the first time – but I’m not sure if this drop will happen before or after New Hampshire. Santorum’s numbers have risen in New Hampshire, but I expected them to be slightly higher after his performance in Iowa. In fact, when I looked at the Washington Time’s article I was quite suprised Santorum was sitting only at 11.

One thing is certain though; a two man race between Romney and Paul is likely in the makings, and I wonder what would result. The candidates are staring into the face of of a GOP electorate that is continuing to catapult candidate after candidate to top tier status and is wary of Romney.

The following image shows the full results:

More can be read at:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/5/santorum-gets-big-bounce-new-hampshire/?page=all#pagebreak

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Politics

 

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Voting Changes Perpection : Flawed Canadian Electoral System


A month ago on this day the 2011 Canadian Federal Election took place. It was the first election where I was eligible to vote. With me being enthralled by politics I couldn’t sit by and not vote my first potential time, so I headed off to the ballot box with a new feeling; a sense of involvement in Canada’s electoral process.

Not being a supporter of Harper left me with two choices I considered; voting NDP or liberal. I cast my vote for liberal, perceiving they would be the major opposition to Harper in my riding, and went back home to watch the results unravel.

The results started flashing on the board; conservatives were leading, as expected, with the NDP sitting close behind. I became hopeful; a Harper minority and NDP opposition? Hell yeah. However, this hope quickly lost its passion; while the NDP became the official opposition Harper gained a majority government.

As a child I watched the seats go up and down on the tracker as the results were being returned and waited to hear the final news. However, by voting for the first time I was more focused on the process, and scrutinized much more.

What I discovered was a broken electoral system; Harper attained 40% of the common vote, but was provided with a majority government. This is due to our representative democracy; we elect individuals in our own riding whom we have never met, will most likely never meet, and who we cannot ever fully trust. The general votes do not count; it is the particular riding’s attained by parties that matters . The party that gains the most ridings wins the election. In this case, Harper attained more than half of the ridings which resulted in a Conservative Majority Government.

An issue with democracy is that it is vulnerable to control by the majority, whom may be incorrect and flawed in their thinking. This election not only lived up to this ideal, but went passed it; a minority became the leaders of a nation.

The day of the election I wrote this on my facebook wall, and I still stand by it:

Sucks too that despite being so against the outcome you are forced to accept it, and the changes that come. It was nice going into vote, feeling like I have some say in Canadian politics, but this was so far from the truth. An effective minority should have been what we all wanted; individuals not stepping out of their power and forced to cooperate. That minority obviously never materialized.  we can do no more than blame our system which breeds rivalry and competition over working in the interest of Canada. Really sad knowing S-10 will pass in 100 days, and that a lifestyle I have chosen will now be subject to even harsher penalties, which could result in me seeing jail time. Feels like my vocal cords have been chopped in half.
 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Politics

 

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