May 21st, 2010
Inspired by Rand Paul On Civil Rights Controversy: I Shouldn’t Have Talked To Rachel Maddow and Bob Cesca: Rand Paul Underscores the Tea Party’s Connection to Race (Huffington Post 5/20/10).
It seems like Rand’s landslide has buried him too.
Has it also buried the Tea Party too?
The “loony left” wing media is reading him the riot act
Because of his stated opposition to the Civil Rights Act.
I have to admit, I understand Rand’s point,
But that doesn’t mean Kentucky him as their Senator should appoint.
I’m generally in favor of greater protection for property rights,
But Paul’s argument was already rejected in favor of civil rights.
As Rachel points out, this issue is not just theoretical,
And Rand’s views are to settled civil rights law antithetical.
Why does the fact that the issue was settled sixty years past
Mean that he can bring up his view, but we can’t our own views contrast?
And seem to be having a hard time making a decision.
(You all said before you comment that you need to know more;
Not knowing what you’re talking about never stopped any of you before.)
And by the way guys, you weren’t being asked to elaborate on Dr. Paul’s view,
You were being asked to reveal what you yourself would do.
Did you so deeply from the Tea Party brew drink
That you no longer know what you yourself think?
But Rand, congratulations, on your 180 degree flip-flop
On whether the government should play civil rights cop.
And no, I don’t think you’re a racist, but that’s really not the question.
After all, you’re the one who originally brought up the suggestion.
Remember, you’re running to set national policy.
That’s why what you think is important, you see.
Here’s Rachel’s 5/19/10 discussion with Rand Paul about whether government should have the right to outlaw discrimination by privately owned businesses.
Here are Chris Matthews’ 5/19/10 “Big Number” comment on Rand Paul’s mentioning the “Tea Party” nine times and Kentucky once, and 5/20/10 report on Paul’s statements on the Civil Rights Act (don’t miss Matthews’ great closing statement).
Here’s Rachel’s 5/20/10 follow-up report. Kudos, Rachel: the tuning fork analogy was brilliant. This is one of the single best cases I’ve ever heard made rejecting the extreme Libertarianism of which Rand Paul is a key standard-bearer.
Here’s Countdown’s 5/20/10 “Ru Paul” report.
Here’s Hardball’s 5/21/10 report showing Rand Paul reversing himself and trying to blame the whole thing on Rachel Maddow and MSNBC.