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On April 10 (I believe that is the correct date. If it is not, I will be happy to correct it), Rand Paul spoke at Howard University.

Among others, Jed Lewison wrote about that visit.

But this diary uses as its takeoff point an article at today by the CEO of the NAACP about a ‘GOP Path to Black Votes.’

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I have read a lot of stories like this since their great defeat in November, changes Republicans can make to win Hispanic votes, and turn the tide. Changes Republicans can make to win black votes, and turn the tide. Changes Republicans can make to fill in the blank, and turn the tide.

Of course, the thing is, it is far easier to turn the tide than it is for Republicans to change. It isn’t that they’re not good at it. It’s that no one knows, because it never happens. Unless they change for the worse. For the more racist, for the more hate-filled, for the more hypocritical ...

In the CNN op-ed, Benjamin Todd Jealous (yes, NAACP CEO), quoted Paul as saying:

We should not have drug laws or a court system that disproportionately punishes the black community.
We ran the quotation through the Babblefish Translator ( to see what Paul’s words mean, translated into human speech.

Here is the interpretation, verbatim.

"We need to restructure drug laws to punish more Hispanics, even a disproportionate number of them. The more of them that are in jail, the fewer of them can vote. Even those out of jail will be preoccupied supporting and accommodating those in jail, so a percentage of them won’t be able to vote, either. And their numbers will distract the black voters from the high numbers of blacks in jail or prison. At least they won't feel singled out for prosecution.

"More importantly, we need for more blacks to accept the consequences of their choice to be black, and for them to self-incarcerate, which would not only eliminate them as a voting ‘problem,’ it would also reduce the financial burden on the penal system and allow us to lower taxes, for electoral advantage.

"And no matter what, we don’t want them to catch on to the fact that we really do hate them, and don’t mean a word we say as long as that word seems supportive. We don’t care about them, but we care about their votes very much, as long as they vote for us, of course.

"Ask not what your representative can do for you. Ask what you can do for your representative. And his rich white friends."

It is a curious op-ed, as it seems to beg the GOP to continue doing what it already does - serve up pretty rhetoric and absolutely no substantive change whatsoever.

One of the more ... prominent writers on Daily Kos uses a sig line which states:

Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.
To Benjamin Todd Jealous, I say: Don’t let them tell you what they believe. Look at what they do, and then you will know what they believe. And tell everyone who will listen, too.

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