Rand Paul Thinks Private Sector Should Racially Discriminate
Matt | On 24, May 2010
Rand Paul, son of Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tx.), is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. In record time, he has already put his foot in his mouth since winning the primary this month. He hasn’t even made it to the national election day yet.
Paul has drummed up a forest fire of controversy over a few comments he’s made in recent days about civil rights, the BP oil spill, and the Kentucky coal mine collapses.
In reference to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Paul said he believes that private businesses should be allowed to discriminate based on race. WTF?! The law currently says that neither public nor private businesses can discriminate on that qualification. In theory, if he had his way, whites and blacks could drink out of separate water fountains if they were in a private business. Who really thinks like this in 2010?
Of course, Paul has issued statements saying that he fully supports civil rights and notes that the media is taking his comments out of context. But, in his mind, he can somehow balance his PR efforts with his personal segregationist views. Though he is running as a Republican, he is a Libertarian and a strong supporter of the Tea Party. So, that’s where some of his right-wing eccentricities seem to be fueled.
In regards to the oil spill, he voiced his DISPLEASURE with President Obama for getting pissed with BP. Huh?! We already know the damage those polluters have caused 34 days into the spill. He said it was “un-American” to criticize BP. *blank stare* He also commented on a Western Kentucky coal mining accident where two workers were killed. Though he reached out to the miners’ families with condolences, but still feels that “accidents happen.” Wow.
Paul’s free enterprise mind really overshadows his common sense. If you’re in Kentucky, all is not lost. You can vote for Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in November.