Have you seen this monstrosity?
This ad makes me angry. It's not because I support Huntsman in any way, while to my mind he's a better candidate than the other Republican candidates, no one in that field interests me (and unfortunately, I only see Barak Obama as marginally better). No, it's the fact that it takes a number of multicultural and international appeals of Huntsman: bilingualism, adopted children from China and India, a deep understanding of China -- and casts these qualities that I think would be great in a President, and presents them as bad or evil.
Know upfront that I won't scream at Ron Paul for this. Though this is my first time seeing the actual ad, I had heard about the controversy and the story that it was a supporter of Paul's who created the ad, unknown to him, and that Paul disavowed him. I have other reasons for being uninterested in Paul, but so far I have no information that would contradict those statements.
What I am angry about is that whoever created this ad apparently thinks that bilingualism and international experience are bad things to have in a president, and that same person would also exploit two little girls to prove his point. In what world is that OK? Really, in what world does that even make sense?
We live in a global economy, and in a world where interacting with people accross the globe is a necessity if we are to succeed. I want the President of the United States to speak Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French ... as many major and widely used languages as possible. I want a president with a wide range of international experience, who has studied abroad, worked abroad, and lived abroad. All of this will facilitate communication and understanding when the president is negotiating with foreign governments. Yes, I want him to be furthering American interests, but I want him to have cultural and practical knowledge that will help him in doing that.
There is no reason that someone's ability to speak a foreign language or their experience in a foreign country (barring them working for that country, which Huntsman wasn't -- he was a student and then the US Ambassador -- working for our country) should be seen as anything other than a positive in terms of one's qualifications to be President of the United States. We need skills and experience like that in our top offices. And if we universally rejected people with those qualities in the highest positions in the country, we would not have risen as the most powerful country in the world.
EDIT: It's a good thing that Huntsman knows how his Mandarin skills should be viewed: Judging from how he used them on the debate floor. Pull out a chengyu next time, sir!