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Rand Paul's America

Rachel Maddow's excellent interview of Kentucky GOP/Tea Party Senate Candidate Rand Paul was far more illuminating than Paul would like us to think.  (I would refer you as well to Bob Cesca's excellent article on the matter.)  Paul says that he opposes racial discrimination, that he abhors racism.  His objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he would have us believe, stem only from those clauses in the bill that relate to private business.  So while he would never support allowing the government to discriminate on the basis of race, or gender, or religion, or disability, or sexual orientation, he also opposes allowing government to tell private enterprise what it can and can't do.  But he's no racist.

Maybe not.  But he is a Libertarian, just like his Dad, Texas Congressman and former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.  He supports limited government, and favors privatization of a broad range of institutions and social services currently administered by the government.  So ultimately, if he had his way, it's conceivable that our National Parks, our social service administrations -- like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- even our public education system could be privatized and put in the hands of private businesses.  Private businesses like those he thinks should be exempted from the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

School systems that are designated as "Whites Only"?  A privatized Social Security Administration that refuses payments to gays and lesbians?  Medicare that excludes people with disabilities?  Rand Paul would tell you that none of this would ever happen.  He'd tell you that liberals are out to distort his words and his record.  He'd tell you once again that he's no racist.  But if you take his statements on the Civil Rights Act -- his own words -- and you combine them with his Libertarian views, what you get is an America none of us would ever want to see.

Think about it.

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kmarkhoover
May. 21st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
It's pretty simple. He's a racist. An unabashed howling racist to boot. And now he's the face of the GOP. I'm loving it.

I would also suggest the Lamestream Media take particular note of Rachel Maddow. THIS is how you're supposed to do your job, Media.
davidbcoe
May. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on Maddow. Paul might be a racist. the alternative is that he's an imbecile who hasn't really given any thought to the implications of his policy positions.
lizziebelle
May. 21st, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Interesting article, thanks! Hopefully these clowns will keep putting their feet in their mouths, and reasonable people will keep noticing.
kmarkhoover
May. 21st, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I just hope these clowns can pace themselves until November, haha.
davidbcoe
May. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Lizziebelle, thanks for the comment. Yes, I call Rand Paul the gift that keeps giving. Let's hope he keeps this up.
crazywritergirl
May. 21st, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Where I understand the Libertarian desire to reduce the government's intervention in our daily lives, the problem is that private business (at least the megacorps) have a crappy track record for human rights and environmental issues. BP anyone? Or how about the Georgia company who knowingly sold tainted peanuts? So what if a few kids died? Price of doing business. Assuming private organizations will automatically do what's right isn't reality. Most are too busy looking at their bottom line.
davidbcoe
May. 21st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've got to tell you, Jana, I've lived in this country for 47 years and I really can't think of ways in which the government "intervenes" in our lives. Think about Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Russia. And then tell me why Americans should complain about the Government interfering with their freedom. I just don't see it.
crazywritergirl
May. 21st, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Where we're nowhere as under the govt's thumb as the countries you mention, we do have state and federal intervention every day of our lives. Like the sales tax I have to collect at Dragon*Con when I sell a book, the Leave No Child Behind requirements for schools and the fact we are required by law to obtain social security numbers for our kids. TSA. Disability laws regarding access to public buildings, HOV lanes. Not all these are bad things, but they are due to government. The "intervention" is so subtle, so ingrained, we don't see it, but it's there. I know one thing for certain, if that government presence wasn't in place we'd notice it for sure.
davidbcoe
May. 22nd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
I don't see taxes as the Government interfering in my life. I see them as the price we pay to live in a great country. Getting our kids into Social Security is, to me, a good thing. The other things you mention -- the TSA, disability access, carpool lanes -- yes, they're do to government. So what? Government intervention, to me, implies something malevolent. The things you mention are all designed to improve our lives, or keep us safe. I mean come on, HOV lanes? Really? Governments are necessary; the alternative is chaos, anarchy, Lord of the Flies type stuff. And (I'm not saying this about you) the people who are most vocal in their opposition to paying taxes and having government interference are also the first ones who complain that the government isn't doing enough to compensate disaster victims or keep illegal aliens out of their communities. People can't have it both ways.
crazywritergirl
May. 22nd, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Actually that's the point. We don't see it as interference, but the Libertarian view is that the government has their fingers in too many pies, that left to private business or to the common man/woman, all of this would run smoother. (I disagree.) Some even believe there is a malevolent intent to what we accept as commonplace. Chips in your passport? Census?

We don't want too much government except when we do. We're bipolar on this subject.

And kudos to you for having me employ "malevolent" even before I've had my coffee this morning. :)
davidbcoe
May. 22nd, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, the chips in our passports are a given. And the microwaves that read our thoughts. But that's a small price to pay for freedom.... And you get used to them after a while....

Always great to bounce ideas back and forth with you, my dear. Hoping to see you soon.
hedwig_snowy
May. 22nd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, but they're also quick to complain when the Government doesn't do what they think it should.

e.g. Why didn't the Govt inspect that meat packing plant and why does my kid have E. Coli now?

Uh, maybe because they took the Grover Norquist idea of drowning the Govt in a bathtub and don't allocate enough money for enough inpectors and...

The disconnect is mind-boggling...
hedwig_snowy
May. 22nd, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
If someone begins a sentence with the words, "I'm not a racist but..." They're a racist.

His world view can't imagine that, No Virginia, you don't have a 'right' to be a racist.

Usually anyone with a brain, when given a concrete example, and 10-12 years, can figure this out. If Rand was driving in a town in KY with his kid and pulled into a business so that the kid could use the restroom...and the business refused to allow the kid to do so and the kid had to go in a field...how would that make you feel, Rand? As a person? As a man? As a father? Think it's still ok?

Yeah, the racism is only the tip of the iceberg with this whackadoodle. No regulation of Wall Street. Hey Obama, quit picking on poor BP. The hits just keep coming. And media, stop making him looking a gigantic pile by reporting his words in context!

Beyond the obvious, it also points out white entitlement. He claims that he wouldn't do business with those who refused service to a certain race. Ok, but that's just because he knows that he could still go into 90% of businesses. What ya givin' up, Rand? The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. (or as Bill Maher said last night, crudely, the shit doesn't fall far from the bat).

It's almost as if he was educated with textbooks based on the curriculum from the Texas School Board or something...

So, I hope Rand and his curly mop top is embraced by the teabaggers and, thus, the GOP... They were already on the verge of being a regional, Southern party...started to look like they might make gains....and then came AZ and Rand Paul. Ooops!
davidbcoe
May. 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on all of this. The race-baiting is disgusting, but it's been a part of the Right's political playbook for a long time. Still shocking, but not unexpected. But defending Wall Street and BP? Does he really think this is good politics?!
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