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Rand Paul Underscores the Tea Party's Connection to Race

Original post made by Nation W, Downtown, on May 21, 2010

By Bob Cesca

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I'll take Rand Paul at his word. He's opposed to racial discrimination.

However, he obviously supports allowing businesses to engage in racial discrimination with impunity. Evidently, if the government says it's against the law to run a whites-only business, this is a bridge too far for Rand Paul.

Congratulations, Republicans. The man you chose to run for the vacant U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky and the man who delivered the highest profile political victory for the tea party movement has turned out to have some very twisted ideas about civil rights and race.

On the Rachel Maddow Show last night, Paul suffered an epic meltdown -- more or less admitting that he doesn't support the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which "prohibits discrimination by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin." In other words, Paul implied that the First Amendment allows any business to be "white-only" if it chooses and the government isn't allowed to interfere.

But he's against racial discrimination. He said so.

Rand Paul's extremist position on the Civil Right Act underscores a major flaw in libertarian ideology, and it further cements the connection between the tea party movement and race.

Libertarianism, which both Ron and Rand Paul famously embrace, suggests the free market is a significant and vital component of liberty. Private businesses are capable of accomplishing everything, and government can't interfere or regulate those businesses in any way. The free market will police itself. Just leave it be.

Private industry can pave roads, educate children, put out fires and protect our streets from drunk drivers. It can shuttle our kids to corporate schools and back, it can provide clean water to our homes and they can guarantee our meat and vegetables aren't contaminated with diseases. And by the way, in a nation that's 70 percent white, private businesses can choose to do all of these things for white people only. Private businesses can provide everything we need, but only offer those services to white people.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on May 21, 2010 at 10:29 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Who is Bob Cesca and why did you paste this 'story' from HuffPo? That's a reliable source for 'news' or hit pieces?

"more or less admitting that he doesn't support the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act"
More or less?
Rachel Maddow? Could you be any more transparent in your agenda? So, you hate the Tea Party and their ideals of less taxes for you to spend on social engineering.
You hate those who are supported by the Tea Party and post humilating defeats of incumbant Dems who fail to represent their constituants.
You hate private enterprise that employs most of the 80% of folks who are still choosing to work.
And you hate white people or carry around white guilt, as is typical of elitist libs educated in socialist institutions like Cal or UC Santa Cruz.
How sad for you. No wonder you're lashing out with so much hatred.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Got David Duke?

Tea Party candidate for 2012...david duke...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...



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