But Paul never settles down and to make the argument. Rachel Maddow repeatedly raises lunch counters, and it would have really pleased me if Paul had just made the case for private sector discrimination. Frankly, I can see the outlines of the argument and am not totally unsympathetic to it. Indeed, I think there’s a beautiful justice that’s visited upon the random politician who, to this very day, is routinely exposed as belonging to a white country club. There’s a kind of social sanction in that embarrassment that I don’t think the law can bring. (That said, I trust the people who were actually there more than my own abstract theorizing.)
… my sense is that for a senator to be ignorant of the Civil Rights Act, is not simply to be ignorant of a “black issue,” but to be ignorant of one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed.
… I’m sure Paul’s defenders will dismiss this interview as a lefty hit-job.
Enter Reason’s Matt Welch stage left:
About one second or so after Rand Paul won the GOP primary in Kentucky’s Senate race, the liberal commentariat began painting him as a lunatic and possibly racist creep, using as prime evidence his recent statements in opposition to the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Translation: But but but we heralded Paul as the Second Coming of John Galt, even if the neo-Nazis, Christian-nation supporters and anti-abortion movement are high-fiving each other over his victory. We couldn’t possibly take it back now.
Jeezus, Mama Rand‘s message is really lost on you all, isn’t it?
Update: So, which is it? Businesses can be told how to conduct themselves or do what they want? One solution is to regulate only behavior that has a negative effect on the common good. Then, we have to define negative effect. I fully admit it’s a hard question to answer, but racial discrimination and not holding companies responsible for wanton pollution are (also un-American and) not satisfactory outcomes, either.
“Civil Rights legislation that has been affirmed by our courts gives the Federal government the right to ensure that private businesses don’t discriminate based on race. Dr. Paul supports those powers.”
Paul says Obama’s criticism of the oil company sounds like an attack on business and “really un-American” … In an interview Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Paul says the president’s response is part of the “blame game” that’s played in the U.S. Paul said that leads to the thinking that tragic incidents are “always someone’s fault” and added, sometimes accidents just happen.