"On the technical question that Rachel Maddow put to Kentucky’s Republican nominee for Senate—was the government right to desegregate lunch counters?—Paul made a plausible reply," says William Murchison; "to wit, he abhorred not only racism but the notion of telling private property owners what they may do with their property" — What Rand Paul Got Right. "The worst feature of arguments over the use of government power to enforce particular moral outcomes is the tendency of the winners to sweep away all objections by means of their claim to righteousness," he goes on to say. "Thus with some of Paul’s critics: Don’t give us that stuff about what the Constitution allows or what the prescribed powers of government should be! Give us the results that Humanity demands!"
"I know he grew up hearing his father blast the Civil Rights Act at the breakfast table," says Thomas Fleming; "So did my children" — Rand Paul: Unprincipled Hero. "But my children, at least, learned that there were more fundamental problems with the legislation. Among the least of them is the violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. More seriously," he continues, "the CRA set one race against another, cemented into stone the ludicrous theory that all the problems and pathologies experienced by black people in America are the result of slavery and discrimination. It inshrined our national hypocrisy that people are pretty much the same and should expect roughly the same success in life."
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty," said Congressman Ron Paul to his colleagues on the XLth anniversary of the bill's passage, "it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society— The Trouble With the '64 Civil Rights Act. "America has made great strides in race relations over the past forty years. However, this progress is due to changes in public attitudes and private efforts. Relations between the races have improved despite, not because of, the 1964 Civil Rights Act."
Labels: American History, America the Beautiful, Paleoconservatism, Paleolibertarianism, Race Matters