Mashable.com is right, the CNN debate on Wednesday did not only reflect badly on social media but it also really made the media efforts to discredit the right very apparent. While many of candidates were easy pickings by using planted questions and timed juxtapositions it was the unfair boost to Mike Huckabee and marginalization of Ron Paul which I found most offensive.
I was never one to buy into the idea of a liberal media bias until I saw this debate, and by this logic it makes sense why they'd give Huckabee so much hype and air time, he's a liberal. Aside from his Christian views, Huckabee is very "progressive" on his views of funding social programs, federal regulation, and would love to raise taxes by implementing the FAIRtax and other taxes despite his views on the IRS. To Huckabees credit, he is a great orator who did a great job turning some pretty sticky questions and accusations around, yet most of the time he did it without really coming hard on why his views are better aside from compassion.
On the flip side it makes sense why they'd make the most active effort was to give Ron Paul little air time as possible, and the times they did they only gave him questions that fueled misconceptions about Pauls views and supporters. So first off, the North American Union and the Council of Foreign Relations are not figments of the imagination. While there are theories of conspiracies around these entities, their existence is real, and so is the threat to our National Sovereignty. Watching Pauls performance at the debate again shows the reason for this marginalization, Ron Paul is the only candidate offering significant opposition to the left. He undermines the lefts platform for being the strongest candidate for ending the Iraq war, is very well educated on history and the constitution and can rationally explain the dangers of big government and benefits of private healthcare and what's actually wrong with our current system. He actually is a viable option for ACTUAL CHANGE, of course the liberal media can't let a rational educated candidate run against the Dems!!!
So since the media won't be clear, here is Ron Pauls and Huckabees views:
- Abolish IRS and not replace it with any type of tax
- Competing Currencies and Abolish Federal Reserve
- End Foreign Interventionism in Iraq and Abroad
- Free Trade and Friendship with other nations without Treaties and Trade Agreements
- Transitional Programs to phase out most social programs
- Healthcare Freedom allowing people more options in healthcare
- Repeal Patriot Act Abolish Homeland security
- End Subsidies on Oil and Corn Ethanol, let market decide
- End war on drugs ending drug cartels and cutting off terrorism funding
- Enforce Borders and end welfare state
- Continued Occupation of Iraq
- Replace Income Tax with National Sales Tax of %23
- Strengthen Social Programs such as NASA
- Preventative Healthcare
- Federal Ban on Smoking
- Benefits for Illegals such as "Earned" Scholarships
Yes, I've traditionally voted democratic and am quite fond of Bill Richardson and Barack Obama but there is a fundamental problem. We can't afford or need socialized healthcare, and should pull out of Iraq immediately, and I'm afraid most of the Dem candidates will not pull out of Iraq and increase spending exponentially on many social programs which our inefficient and are hurting our Global Competitiveness. Although, Richardson comes pretty close to being a viable option. Don't let the media make your decisions for you, go educate yourself on the candidates, especially Ron Paul.