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  •  I take exception to this statement, (1+ / 0-)
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    Jon Says
    After getting caught spewing racist remarks on Rachel Maddow his first month in office, he has tried to soften his tone.
    I saw this episode, he did not "spew" anything, when asked about the civil rights act and whether he would have voted for it he said he had no trouble with all of it except the part about private businesses.  I realize I may be splitting hairs but what he said was not racist as much as potentially ill informed or unprepared.  

    Other things he has said may be racist, do not think I am actually defending him or his viewpoint regarding the civil rights act, but he did not say anything I consider to be racist that night on Rachel.

    "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy" James Madison 4th US President

    by padeius on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 07:25:18 AM PDT

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    •  You're right, he did not spew racist remarks, (0+ / 0-)

      You're correct, Rand Paul did not spew multiple racist remarks on the Rachell Maddow Show, but he lives racism chapter and verse.

      The apple does not fall far from the tree, as they say, and Rand Paul has shown an utter disregard for both the racism his father and political party have enabled and continue to foment.

      To that same end, his (as you say) ill informed remark that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act is proof positive of his utter disregard for plight of minorities.  Nothing in his remarks since shows that he has learned anything.

      This quote from Martin Luther King says it all for me:

      "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

      These words ring true today.  Those who stand silent, like a person who remains ill informed after a very public backlash, against the dog-whistle and euphemisms from things like the Willie Horton commercial from Ronald Reagan to the Bitherism of today are proof positive of the racism that is at the core of republicans party, tea party, and libertarian thinking.

      The recent tragedy in Las Vegas punctuates the notion that libertarians, those who seemingly honor the Gadsden flag over the Stars and Stripes, are the very base of Rand Paul.  The silence against those who use the swasticka shows a disregard for religious minorities; the Confederate Flag is just as appalling to others.

      At his core, and at the core of the republican party, Rand Paul is a racist who has repeatedly spoken ill informed remarks.  His brand of libertarianism would further enable an erosion of minority rights at the expense of granting states rights.


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