Double Rainbow Guy Ponders Presidential Run

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Political views, we’re not so sure. But he’d certainly help the White House get in touch with its emotions.

That’s right, the man who gained viral fame by shedding tears at the sight of a double rainbow wants to be your next Commander-in-Chief.  Paul “Bear” Vasquez is that man, who currently lives in a mobile home at Yellowstone National Park. In his presidential announcement video, he appears unkempt and rambling – but always passionate about what he’s saying. And appropriately, Vasquez sheds light on his political viewpoints and potential presidential enactments. So what’s his message to the people?

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Unsurprisingly, Vasquez is running on the primary platform of “Emergency! Alternative Energy!” Come on, the man cried upon discovering a double rainbow. Of course he’s a lover of the environment. He plugs the dangers of foreign oil while appearing in front of the majestic park he calls home. A valid argument, but will America really trust a candidate who hasn’t combed his hair in weeks?

Vasquez realizes his chances are slim. He’s kicked off his campaign using a Facebook app called Votocracy, which aims to get one Facebook-selected candidate on the ballot, which means Double Rainbow Guy will have a hefty dose of competition. He’ll be pitted against other commoners just like him who think they have a shot in the White House.

But Vasquez is a viral star – his Double Rainbow video has been viewed 29 million times, after all – so why shouldn’t he gain the people’s trust? Win or lose, he takes a realistic stance: at the very least, he wants “to get these issues heard.” If the people hear his presidential message, maybe elected officials will as well.

Nick Carbone is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @nickcarbone. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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39 comments
Tyrel-INC
Tyrel-INC

Ok, Putin is monster and US is a headlight of modern democracy and peace-keeping in the whole world. Hallelujah ! Yeah ! US fights for keeping territorial sovereignty of countries threatened byt this evil monster, Putin !!! Right ! This is why they bring right now already 4th war-ship carrying nuclear Tomahawks int Black sea. To protect the democracy and freedom and territorial sovereignty of poor, threatened Ukrainian people, you see.

At the same time in Africa... here is the list that I remember by heart: Mali and Mauretania, Libya, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia with Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Rwanda. These countries ALL are in the state of constant CIVIL WAR, in these countries human rights do not exist at all, territorial sovereignty is ...a joke, women are traded as a commodity and raped every day, islamic fundamentalists burn whole villages, kids are given assault rifles to fight, war lords commit genocide, whole countries starve, 9 millions peoples are refugees.... 

Wait... Where is our fighter for the democracy and freedom ? OBAMA WHERE ARE YOU ???? 

And the good question is WHY ? Why Ukraine and not .... Congo... ? Well... there is no NATURAL GAS IN CONGO. That is the real reason.

Russia is the major competitor of US and Canada in the field of natural gas production. And that CHEAP gas is being supplied to Europe through... guess where ? UKRAINE, that is right. You disconnect Russian pipe from Europe and gas prices in Europe are up. Canadian/US gas is competitive now. We can build supply line by tankers over Atlantics.

And you people are being brainwashed by unscrupulous types like Michael Crowley.

Lexx
Lexx

You are disgusting magazine time, and a clear propaganda mouthpiece for Obama. 


"Even after Yanukovych’s goons and snipers murdered dozens of protesters".  Really, Yanukovich's snipers murdered protesters? You should be ashamed of yourself for lying blatantly; this article will come back to haunt you. Very evident that the snipers were from the Maidan side, and very well could be US provocateurs. 


You scum have been selling wars on illegal pretexts for decades now; Nobody will trust what you write after you scum helped sell the Iraq war.  Time Magazine has blood on its hands from Iraq war too; you reap what you sow. 


How is your boy Jay Carney doing, is he doing a good job lying on behalf of Obama? This magazine is garbage. 

gamecock07
gamecock07

I'll just leave this here for all the Putinists in the room...


Moral equivalence is a form of equivocation often used in political debates. It seeks to draw comparisons between different, often unrelated things, to make a point that one is just as bad as the other or just as good as the other. It may be used to draw attention to an unrelated issue by comparing it to a well-known bad event, in an attempt to say one is as bad as the other. Or, it may be used in an attempt to claim one isn't as bad as the other by comparison. Drawing a moral equivalence in this way is a logical fallacy.


logical fallacy is, fundamentally, an error in logic. This means that an argument that uses one certainly doesn't hold if you're using logic and reason as your source of decision making - although it doesn't stop people from using them or being swayed by them.


Also, one question for the Putinists... Who will rule when Putin leaves office? Will he ever leave office? Something to think about as you defend russia's ""democracy""


LesToolish
LesToolish

I think a better title for this work of sophistry would be: "Michael Crowley's Maddening Propaganda Trick: Putin". It uses less page space and gives the reader an honest idea of what they are about to read. "Garbage" would have been another honest title, but too general in scope.


GorIvanov
GorIvanov

Ukraine's government (or junta) is at blood-stained buisness again today.
At this time united forces of troops, neonazis and foreign mercenaries by oligarch Kolomoysky massively attacked to federalists in Slavyansk.
Civil war is unleashed irrevocably.

Ariawyn
Ariawyn

"he conveyed orders for Ukraine’s military to attack Russians in the east." - seriously? Those are Ukrainian citizens and not some abstract pro-Russian forces. Get your info straight. And they are not trying to join Russia, they are trying to limit Kyiv government's legal power in the region.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Everyone's noticed by now that Russia accuses everyone else of everything it's doing in Ukraine. It meddled to overthrow the government of Yushchenko (even tried to assassinate him), then funded and propagandized for Yanukovych, and when Yanukovych turned out to be an unreliable quisling who tried to approach the West, Russia responded by demanding Yanukovych back off the deal. When Yanukovych did as he was told, the Ukrainian people protested, and Moscow demanded that Yanukovych use deadly force to crush the protests. When that didn't work and Yanukovych eventually abandoned his post, Russia violated international treaties by sending in saboteurs and by military invasion of Crimea. Every step of the way it tried to blame West for its own actions.

It's actually to the point that you can tell what Russia is up to by looking at what it's accusing others of.

wills
wills

Lastly, Mr Crowley dives into the truly bizarre by writing: "Amid continued calls for Russia's army to stand down, the Kremlin said that Ukraine's should demobilize forces -- from it's own territory", as if it is clearly ludicrous to request Ukraine to demobilize its own forces on its own territory.


But Russia's army is ALSO ON ITS OWN TERRITORY!


If it is ludicrous for anyone to suggest that Ukraine is not free to deploy its forces on its own territory, then how can it not ALSO be ludicrous to suggest that Russia is not free to deploy its forces on its own territory?


And yet Mr. Crowley completely neglects to mention that Russia's army is deployed inside Russia, while crafting the sentence in such a way to make it seem as if they weren't.


The reason that Mr. Kerry is frustrated is not because he is telling the world the truth and being countered by Russian propaganda. Mr. Kerry is frustrated because US propaganda is not being accepted as truth, partly because of Russia effectively pointing out the deception and hypocrisy of the US.


Of course Russia is engaged in a massive propaganda effort. Of course Russian media outlets are pushing an extremely biased and dishonest version of events. But the point to remember is SO IS THE UNITED STATES, and SO IS AMERICAN MEDIA.


This very article being a prime example.


wills
wills

Mr. Crowley writes that the Russian foreign minister made a "surprise" claim that the terms of the Geneval agreement required the dissolution of the Maidan protest camps and the ending of the occupation of government buildings in Kiev by Maidan protestors. And  that this "surprise" claim was "never part of the agreement" according to the US state department. The State Department, however, seems to have forgotten that we now have an internet and that it is easy for anyone to simply read the text of the agreement and see what it actually says. Here's what it says:


"All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated."


There is no doubt whatsoever that the occupied government buildings in Kiev are illegally occupied. The occupation was certainly not permitted at the they they were violently taken over while Mr. Yanukovych was President, and there have since been no new laws passed in Ukraine allowing the occupation of government buildings by street protesters. The same goes for the public streets and squares of Kiev. So clearly the agreement does apply to the Maidan protesters in Kiev. The fact that the interim government chooses to tolerate the illegal occupations in Kiev is totally irrelevant. They are still illegal, and so under the Geneva agreement, must be ended.


And then you have Right Sector, who is undoubtedly an "illegal armed group", as it possesses weapons taken from police stations and armories in Kiev that rightfully belong to the state. And yet not the slightest move was made to try to disarm Right Sector, as required by the Geneva agreement.


wills
wills

Mr. Crowley writes that after the US accused Russia of breaking international law, Mr. Putin accused the US of breaking international law in Iraq, Libya, etc. Well, so Mr Putin did say that, and he was correct. One of the most frustrating things about this entire Ukrainian crisis is the constant moralizing by the United States about what Russia may not do, when the United States has in the last 15 years done pretty much everything that it is now criticizing Russia for.


It boggles the mind that the United States threatens sanctions on Russia because of how Russia deploys Russian troops inside Russia, when the United States not only massed a gigantic army on the border of a sovereign country, but actually invaded and conquered the country, overthrew the government, and installed a new government, instigating a partisan war that cost 100,000 lives. And that all within the last 15 years! With that kind of recent history it is obvious why not only Russia, but much of the World outside Europe sees the US in no position to complain about Russian actions now.


Mr. Crowley notes that Mr. Putin accuses the US of using covert agents to instigate the Maidan protests. There is nothing ludicrous about this claim of Mr. Putin's. While we don't have hard evidence that the US actively controlled or instigated the protests with infiltrated covert agents, it wouldn't be out of character for the US. To do so is everyday CIA practice, and has been done by the United States for decades in order to overthrow governments the US doesn't like. The United States has a long history of instigating coups against democratic and popular governments in order to pursue it's geopolitical goals.


Furthermore, we do know for a fact that the US actively supported and helped organize the Maidan protests, by arranging meetings with opposition leaders. In Serbia such meetings were used to plan protest strategy. There is every reason to believe the same was done in Ukraine. We know that senior US politicians joined Maidan protesters on the streets, even posing for photos with known violent fascists. We know that Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland discussed with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, who would make up the new government after Yanukovych was driven out. And we know that after Yanukovych was actually driven out, Ms. Nuland's choices for office were, in fact, implemented in the new government. 


wills
wills

Mr. Crowley should either be satisfied that he has fulfilled his political master's bidding with this propaganda effort, or be deeply ashamed at have so fundamentally failed in his journalistic responsibilities. This article is so biased and ignorant of the facts that it is almost beyond belief.


First, he calls Mr. Yanukovych's term as President "authoritarian rule", when in fact there was nothing authoritarian about Mr. Yanukovych's Presidency. The wielded only that authority accorded to his office by the Ukrainian Constitution, and nothing more. More importantly, he was the elected President of Ukraine, having been elected in a free and fair democratic election.


The protesters on the Maidan, who Mr. Crowley called "mostly middle class", were led by Svoboda Party and Right Sector members. "Svoboda" is merely the new name of the renamed "Social Nationalist Party" of Ukraine, whose party symbol before the renaming was a modified swastika. These are the same people who beat up the head of Ukrainian State TV because they didn't like the news reporting, and who started two fights in the Ukrainian Parliament when they attacked the speaker at the podium for saying things they didn't like. THESE are the fascists that Mr. Putin was referring to, and his description is right on the money. They are fascists, and they hold six ministries in the current interim government of Ukraine, including national security and attorney general.


Then Mr. Crowley makes the claim that "Yanukovych's goons and snipers murdered dozens of protesters" as if this were some sort of proven fact. However, it is not a fact. There is firm evidence of sniper fire from protester-controlled buildings. A phone call with Catherine Ashcroft, the EU foreign minister was recorded, in which she was told by an EU Envoy that fire was coming from both sides. This has been widely reported in the European press, and the account of the Ukrainian interim government widely discounted and considered non-credible there. How can it be that Mr. Crowley is unaware of this?


And that is the mere beginning of the disinformation being propagated in this article.


KarlSice
KarlSice

From Australia... The US just can't spin a story that's believable like they use to... Just like 'Time' no ones buying it any more...

Kalyan
Kalyan

Talking about propaganda, Putin may try hard but he can never equal the Bush style propaganda of Iraqi invasion which was so efficiently aided by CNN and TIME.. 

moni222
moni222

Given that the US invaded Iraq, a country that did NOT attack us and had NO weapons of mass destruction, we really don't have much of a moral leg to stand on against Russia's actions in Crimea. 

Iraq deaths since US invasion: 500,000. 

Crimean deaths since Russian take over: 1?





EastarielNoneofyo-bizniss
EastarielNoneofyo-bizniss

~ SANCTIONED FROM APPROVAL OF SANCTIONERS ~

Welcome to US's silly sanctioning season, Hufflepuffins.

Ukrainians are sanctioning Turch. and Yats., who stole their government and their sovereignty.

Turch. and Yats. are sanctioning Ukrainians from their survival, drafting them into killing each other.

US is sanctioning Russia for controlling and not controlling Ukraine.

EU is caught in the middle juggling and ducking , while Russia is carrying on business as usual, refusing to be both controlled and not controlled by the tantruming sos who can't stand to not control President Putin.

And Nilla Buddy's feeling pranky. ;)

ugulix
ugulix

Whose fantasies to believe?

davec775
davec775

@gamecock07"Also, one question for the Putinists... Who will rule when Putin leaves office? Will he ever leave office? Something to think about as you defend russia's democracy"

This doesn't make any sense. Why would it be democratic to get rid of a President with an 80% approval rating??? Wouldn't that be anti-democratic since the majority don't want it to happen???


On the other hand Obama has a 41% approval rating, and Congress support is at 8% (TYRANNY LEVELS!!!). Logically the best thing to happen is for all of these politicians to stand down, IN SHAME!. But they like to sell themselves out to lobbyists. THEREFORE DEMOCRACY IS DEAD IN THE USSA!. In a real representative democracy, the leader should have a majority supporting him unlike in the USSA.

Lexx
Lexx

@gamecock07  Hey smarty pants; it's a little to late for figures of speech. Your last American President couldn't read. So get off your high horse, and send George II a children's alphabet book. 

Lexx
Lexx

@gamecock07  When Putin leaves office in Russia, he will come and be your president In US. 

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@Ariawyn No, that's the Russian position. Russia doesn't want the regions to secede since that would eliminate Russia's influence in Ukraine. Instead Russia wants "federalization", meaning that Russia gets complete control of the regions and veto power in Ukrainian politics, but Ukraine gets to pay the bill for modernizing their backwards industry and cleaning up the rampant corruption.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@wills No, the Russian army is not on its own territory -- even if we ignore that Russia is illegally militarily occupying a whole region of Ukraine. Google images of the "armed gunmen" storming various Ukrainian buildings. Look at their uniforms and weapons. Then use google to see what a Russian uniform looks like, and what an AN-94 'Abakan' assault rifle looks like -- a weapon ONLY used by Russian military.

Russia has already invaded Ukraine, openly in Crimea and with infiltrators and saboteurs all through the south-east.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@wills There is not a shred of truth to any of this. Putin will be proud of this.

DanielGarigan
DanielGarigan

@wills It seems to me that someone on the Pro-Russian end could have paid the editorial writer for the shallow view... in order to reap  comments such as yours.  So far as I know, Time is not a red baiter.... just a bit junior league.  Perhaps Mr. Crowley was "misinformed"? Shocking to be sure.  Let us give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you ... the evangelist of "firm evidence" has something to offer?

Lexx
Lexx

@KarlSice  Nobody believes anything in US media anymore. If Ukraine was just the first failed meddling maybe US propaganda would stand the light of day. But after decades of complete and utter failures, one after another, no wonder even entire US audience has abandoned these troll media. 

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@Kalyan Actually he's pretty much perfectly copying that. See the manifestation in Moscow in support of Russian aggression in Ukraine yesterday, for instance. I hope the Russian people remember that they asked for it when they get it.

DanielGarigan
DanielGarigan

@moni222 No disagreement there on the first two items as given.  Meanwhile (while I pour my vodka)... I suspect you are posing a question in the traditional "Lithuanian way"....  it is not supposed to be a question but to effect by backhand an accusatory "statement"... Of course only one or less!  you are sure to be a good bit disappointed.

9000SUX
9000SUX

@ugulix How about the one which is less corrupt and has a legitimate president?
=USA

gamecock07
gamecock07

@Lexx @gamecock07  HA! And you didn't answer the question...Who or what is after Putin?  Are you even capable of imagining a post-Vlad world?


Perhaps you'd like 10, 15, maybe 20 more years of Vlad? Does my question scare you? 


It should. If not then our conversation is done because I will not debate a fascist/communist/czarist or whatever Putinists choose to address themselves once they've realized PUTIN IS HERE TO STAY.  


If you are really a Russian, these questions should be what is on your mind and not the ridiculous show Vlad has put on in Ukraine.



Also....

GEORGE BUSH is NOT apart of the American government and has NOT been for sometime.

LesToolish
LesToolish

@WilfTarquin LOL! Wilf, are you a comedian, a parrot, a paid-propagandist of the USraeli banking empire or just a good consumer of ludicrous right-wing narratives?

DanielGarigan
DanielGarigan

@Lexx @KarlSiceHave you run out of you budget allocation yet?  the entire US audience can make their own decisions... given they are still inclined to think about anything.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@9000SUX ...and has a free press. And is supporting the country defending itself from an unprovoked foreign invasion.

Lexx
Lexx

@LesToolish @WilfTarquin  The State Department and John Kerry pays these guys in Ketchup; last I remember Kerry had a nervous breakdown on TV accusing RT of all kinds of things. So when attempted diplomacy fails, you have to use the ketchup money lol. 

jason024
jason024

@LesToolish @WilfTarquin Wow....a Putin shill. I understand you can't speak out against your dear leader. But seriously are you that naive?

green
green

@ReneDemonteverde 

Russia has a legitimate president?  Like when a Nation votes a President in democratic, open and fair election?  Not like same  one KGB-st, running dictatorship for 14 years since when he was appointed by another KGB-st in 1999?