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Rand Paul on Private Business' Right to Discriminate Based on Race


Rachel Maddow talked to Kentucky primary winner Rand Paul last night about his views on the Civil Rights Act and Paul's belief that the part of it that deals with private businesses and their right to discriminate should be reconsidered. 

Said Paul: "I do defend and believe that the government should not be involved with institutional racism or discrimination or segregation in schools, busing, all those things. But had I been there, there would have been some discussion over one of the titles of the civil rights. And I think that's a valid point, and still a valid discussion, because the thing is, is if we want to harbor in on private businesses and their policies, then you have to have the discussion about: do you want to abridge the First Amendment as well. Do you want to say that because people say abhorrent things -- you know, we still have this. We're having all this debate over hate speech and this and that. Can you have a newspaper and say abhorrent things? Can you march in a parade and believe in abhorrent things, you know?..."

A great interview from Maddow.

Said Paul to the Louisville Courier-Journal: "I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners—I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant—but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. But I absolutely think there should be no discrimination in anything that gets any public funding, and that’s most of what I think the Civil Rights Act was about in my mind."

In related news, CNN joked Tuesday night about Rand Paul celebrating his Tea Party win at a private country club, then defended it:

"King was the first to bring up Paul's choice of locale: 'I can't resist. This might come across as a bit of a cheap shot, but he's the tea party favorite or is he a country club Republican?' Amid some laughter, panel member Paul Begala scoffed: 'It's a cocktail party, not a tea party. It's the worst optics he could have.' When the yuks died down, King said that his team had looked it up, and 'the membership dues are not that obnoxious. It's like $7,500 a year. He is an eye doctor.'"

Watch all three clips, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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  1. There is no way to change any public policy without there being winners and losers. Paul is extremely hard to follow, but if he's libertarian the winners would be business owners, drug users/drug sellers, taxpayers, state politicians/local politicians and assorted people operating under the bill of rights. The losers would be the federal government, government employees, the military, unions, minorities, PBS, NPR, Wall St. banks, government contractors, farmers and those that receive government subsidies, etc.

    In many cases, both legal precedent and state laws exceed the requirements under federal law, so if federal law were changed, minorities would still be protected under state law and legal fiat.

    Many small companies are exempt already from state and federal minority protection laws.

    Posted by: anon | May 20, 2010 12:27:23 PM

  2. Yes I have to crack up when some one says either Paul is gay friendly. They are homophobic rightwing repubicans ,no matter what spin they give their bs. The father also has a history of hardcore anti-semitic,homophobic and racist writings from an old newsletter they used to ciruclate. They are anti-choice and very anti-gay. Kentucky is a pefect match for someone like Paul, giving young conservatives something new to vote for ,even if it's the same old hardcore bigoted republican ideals. He will be voting antigay all the way.

    Posted by: Chad | May 20, 2010 12:36:35 PM

  3. That is POLITICING REALNESS! he wouldn't answer teh question but kept diverting into into total bullshit. Sad to say, but I think he'll do well. (Rot)

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 20, 2010 12:50:50 PM

  4. He looks kind of like a young Howard Dean - with bad hairplugs.

    Posted by: Rodney | May 20, 2010 3:05:03 PM

  5. He is just a white stupid guy --- and yeah lots of people with advance degrees from good schools are stupid.

    He just said he thought blacks having to ride the back of the bus should have ended --- so dumb he does not comprehend that GREYHOUND was a private company ---

    Posted by: telly | May 20, 2010 11:22:36 PM

  6. From Miss Windy;Hello all your lovely racial minority members that voted against Gay rights! Welcome to the back of the bus! Didn't think it would affect you huh?

    Posted by: Windy | May 20, 2010 10:44:47 AM

    Just go ahead and try it QUEEN And get ready for an uprising your faggot ass hasn't seen snce your Mother's womb.

    Posted by: Chris | May 21, 2010 6:14:58 AM

  7. @Telly: The issue with racial segregation in busing in the 1950s is that state law -- STATE LAW not private business choice -- dictated the obscene treatment of racial minorities. No one who believes in individual liberty and private property thinks that this kind of discriminaton will magically go away. That is a straw man that advocates of government contorl have put up. The sad history of man is that people often come together and use government and its tools of violence to do their bidding, like forcing Greyhound to discriminate based on race. Private property and individual liberty are the only reliable antidote.

    Posted by: Kelly | May 21, 2010 12:18:15 PM

  8. So don't frequent businesses that discriminate. Doesn't anyone read our constitution? You can't have a free country and demand everyone is "accepted"!

    Posted by: James Frick | Jul 31, 2010 3:19:31 PM

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