iNow Posted May 23, 2010 Share Posted May 23, 2010 (edited) So, Rand Paul's is cut in the image of his father, where he favors small government in a big way... So big, in fact, that he thinks the Civil Rights Act did more to restrict liberty than to make liberty universal. He's taking heat from Republican and Democrat leaders alike. I'd like to make clear my own feelings. I am abundantly confident that Rand Paul is NOT a racist. I am, however, not so confident that he's capable of seeing the negative impact the implementation of some of his ideology would have... I am not confident that he's willing to adjust his philosophy due to that negative impact. He has canceled his appearance this Sunday on Meet the Press because he wanted to avoid "the liberal bias of the media." I say, what a cop-out. You stand so firm behind your philosophy that you are willing to suggest that the civil rights act is out of line, as are the FDA, and the Federal Reserve, and you don't even have the courage of your convictions enough to stand behind them on a national program like MTP? I know he's not racist... I also know that his philosophy has become so important to him that he can no longer see the real-world impact it's implementation would have. What do you think? http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64M1Y120100523?type=politicsNews The head of the Republican Party criticized Senate candidate Rand Paul on Sunday for questioning the landmark Civil Rights Act and said the Kentucky libertarian's views were out of step with the party and country. <...> Paul, who won the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky last week with strong support from the conservative "Tea Party" movement, told MSNBC last week he did not think private businesses should have to abide by civil rights laws. Michael Steele, the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Paul's criticism of provisions in the 1964 Civil Rights Act arose from the candidate's libertarian philosophy but "his philosophy is misplaced in these times." "I don't think it's where the country is right now. The country litigated the issue of separate but equal," Steele told the "Fox News Sunday" show. "I think in this case Rand Paul's philosophy got in the way of reality." <...> Asked on ABC's "This Week" about Paul's views on the civil rights law, Steele said: "I wasn't comfortable with it." <...> Paul also drew fire last week for saying President Barack Obama's criticism of BP for the Gulf Coast oil spill sounded "un-American" and that "sometimes accidents happen." <...> Paul, the son of libertarian Representative Ron Paul, canceled a scheduled appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday as he sought refuge from the criticism. But that did not stop everyone else from talking about him. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice presidential candidate, said Paul had been a media victim. George Will, conservative who appears regularly on THIS WEEK also seems to agree with me: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/george-will-rand-paul-is-frivolous.html George F. Will doesn’t mince words. Rand Paul is “frivolous.” “There is no reason to believe Rand Paul is a racist. There is now reason to believe that he is frivolous,” Will said on “This Week.” “He doesn’t understand that his job is to win a Senate seat, not conduct a seminar on libertarian philosophy,” Will told “This Week” host Jake Tapper. “The simple fact is that in 1964, we, as a nation, repealed one widely-exercised right – the right of private property owners to serve on public accommodations whom they want – and replaced it with another right, that is the right of the entire American public to use public accommodations,” Will said. “We were correct to do so and in the process, we refuted an old notion: that you cannot – and this may offend some libertarians – the notion was you cannot legislate morality. Yes you can,” Will said. “We did.” “We not only got African-Americans into public accommodations, we changed the thinking of the white portion of the country as well,” he explained. Video at the link. What are your thoughts? Edited May 23, 2010 by iNow Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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