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  •  As Paul said, he was one year old when (4+ / 0-)

    Dr. King called for activism but, says Paul, he would have marched with him.

    I concluded that Paul does not agree with the fundamentals of the Civil Rights Act which prohibit discrimination in public places such as restaurants.  

    I am not clear how he connects the many gun issues with prohibiting a person, based on the facility owner's prejudices, from buying a sandwich.  Yet, this guns and sandwiches meme appears to be Paul's only fall back position.  

    The Rachel interview exposed Paul to the up close and personal interaction which requires more than stump speachifying and ideological rhetoric.

    If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu May 20, 2010 at 06:01:34 AM PDT

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    •  The point isn't what Paul thinks about racism (9+ / 0-)

      The point is that he doesn't believe society should stop racists from practicing discrimination.  He had ample opportunity to say otherwise and refused to do so.

      The guns-in-restaurants thing was a dog-whistle to conservatives.  Since the Second Amendment is the only one they believe in, besides the Tenth, he's inviting his potential supporters to see themselves as part of a discriminated-against group, poor gun owners.  The false equivalency between discrimination and a public safety issue (guns in private businesses where liquor might be served) speaks for itself.

      •  Thanks! Your explanation clarifies many other (2+ / 0-)
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        encoded conservative messaging issues for me.

        I really don't understand so much of the basic craziness and I just could not connect gun ownership with racial discrimination.

        It is a far-fetched false equivalency and one which makes absolutely no sense to me. How could a gun toting racist relate to discrimination in public places based on racial prejudice?

        Is the premise discrimination is discrimination?  If that is the case, is the solution, according to Paul, that any business owner can discriminate against anyone for any reason?  Or, conversely, that no discrimination is permitted for any reason?

        It's all so Catch 22ish.  

        If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

        by msmacgyver on Thu May 20, 2010 at 07:20:18 AM PDT

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