His comments from 2010 (before he was even a Senator!) will most likely haunt Rand Paul forever (or at least as long as Rachel Maddow is alive.) If we get passed the hub-bub, it was really just Rand saying that people, not government, should resolve issues:
“I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant — but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership,” he said.
He added that he agrees any publicly-funded entities should not be allowed to discriminate, but the law shouldn’t necessarily apply to private businesses. “And that’s most of what I think the Civil Rights Act was about in my mind.”
So how would he resolve the problem? Consistent with his small-government philosophy, he said it should be up to the people to self-correct the issue.
“In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior. But if we’re civilized people, we publicly criticize that and don’t belong to those groups, or don’t associate with those people,” he added. (CNN)
Admittedly, it was an overshot to talk about property rights and private ownership when dealing with a historic law like the Civil Rights Act, but he’s not saying something absurd like reversing the law. What are your thoughts on this? Is it even worth the media attention? Tweet us or share your thoughts on Facebook.
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