Rand Paul (R-KY) wants to be President of the United States. He also wants African-Americans to believe that he is not a bigot. During his recent outreach visit to Howard University he relayed to the students of the elite, predominantly African-American institution that he has never been against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and that he does not have a bigoted bone in his body or a racist feeling in his heart.
There is just one little problem: Paul thinks one section of the law violates the rights of all people. He has been quoted stating that he doesn’t believe the monumental legislation should be applied outside public domains, and he believes individuals have the right to deny food, lodging and services to anyone of their choosing.
“Well what it gets into then is if you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant even though the owner of the restaurant says ‘well no, we don’t want to have guns in here’ the bar says ‘we don’t want to have guns in here because people might drink and start fighting and shoot each-other.’ Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant? These are important philosophical debates but not a very practical discussion.”
Paul believes smart economics has a natural energy, and the progression of capitalism would have eventually pushed aside segregationists who privately owned restaurants, motels and other establishments to end the South’s practice of apartheid discrimination.
It’s the Libertarian world view; the government does not have the right to impose any law or regulation on the individual or infringe upon the individual’s right to capitalist expansion. The French called it laissez-faire, a system that Libertarians believe means should result in as little interference as possible by the central government in a country’s economy.
In Rand Paul’s world, the segregationists would simply disappear. He thinks the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation and other white supremacist groups would become enlightened, and after 400 years of their discrimination, segregation and hate would simply dissipate into thin air.
Senator Paul’s world view is based on the thinking and beliefs of a Russian born novelist Ayn Rand who, in her fiction, incited wave after wave of anti-socialist, anti-collectiveness and anti one world thinking. Her ideology was passed down to him from his father, libertarian hero Ron Paul.
Rand Paul and his father have had their eyes on the White House for some time, and the elder Paul has run for the Presidency on more than one occasion. Today, they are placing all their eggs into the Rand Paul for President basket. The Senator, like his father Ron Paul, talk a great deal about personal freedom and the protection of that freedom from a tyrannical government. This was evident last week in the background check legislation debacle. The good Senator voted ‘no’ on the bill, claiming the bill would have infringed on the rights of gun owners.
Yet, Senator Paul and his father believe the government has the right to invade a woman’s body and outlaw her constitutional right to choice, and they have no problem infringing on the voting rights of people of color by subjecting them to voter identifications that present undue hardships on many minority voters.
Like many on the Libertarian point of the ideological spectrum, Rand Paul believes in individual freedoms only when it’s politically expedient. The Senator stumbled over his words when he spoke at Howard University, and it’s likely he will stumble again as he is exposed as a hypocrite.
Senator Paul wants to take America back to a time when bigotry ran rampant and women had few rights. He may say he isn’t a racist but the American people are still awaiting actions, not just words, to support that assertion.