By now you’ve probably heard about Rand Paul and his controversial comments made, among other places, on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. If you’ve not seen the interview, give the videos a watch. I’ll have a few comments after the vids.
Now, the problems I have with Rand Paul, and with Libertarians in general, is the thought that business will do what is right because it’s right. Businesses only do what is right by their bottom line. Now, logically, it is pretty clear that the more people that eat at your lunch counter, the more money in your till; and thus, the larger your profit margin. I can see their logic.
However, I don’t think that would matter to someone who was born into and raised within the ideology of institutional racism. People who hate based on skin color or sexual orientation will hate no matter if it costs them a paying customer or not.
Personally, I think the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is fine. I don’t have a problem with it. Besides, I’ve never known an America without it; I was born eleven years after its ratification. Messing with it absolutely sends the wrong message.
And equating gun laws to civil rights in a straw man argument. I see what he is saying, but come on. The First Amendment aspect does have relevance, and I agree with Dr. Paul when he stated that people who state abhorrent views have the right to state them, as guaranteed under the Constitution. Totally agree on that one point.
However, free speech is not the right to bear arms. While I hold both rights to be inviolate, the two are absolutely not the same thing.
Personally, I hope Dr. Paul changes his views on this topic. We don’t need institutional racism in America.
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