RAND PAUL’S HOWARD UNIVERSITY SPEECH: You have to give Sen. Rand Paul credit for having the guts to speak to a group of students at Howard University, knowing they most likely won’t be voting for a Republican candidate in any upcoming election. While he may not have changed any minds, he did show that, for whatever it’s worth, he did try to reach out to the black community, even if he told a barefaced lie. One problem for him, we can see right through him.
Well, everything was fine, I suppose, until he got to the subject of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We all know how Rand Paul felt about that in the past, saying private businesses have a right to say who they want to enter their establishments. But he had a different spin this time. Some students felt his lengthy explanation about the history of civil rights was “insulting,” prompting an interruption from two protesters, who unfurled a banner saying “Howard University does not support white supremacy.” His analysis was factually untrue but who am I kidding? Truth isn’t the forte of the Republican Party in its current state.
The speech, which included discussion of school choice and mandatory minimum sentencing laws, went over badly at times, like when Paul got former Senator Edward Brooke’s name wrong…. Applause was scarce, and there were one or two instances of booing. Questioners in the question-and-answer session pressed Paul on voter I.D. laws and his past stated opposition to the Civil Rights Act, though some showed a kinship with him on other civil liberties issues like drug policy. Source
I am no fan of Rand Paul but I will give him credit for going out on a limb on some issues, such as the drug incarceration rate, etc. Would I vote for him if he were to become the 2016 presidential nominee? I seriously doubt that because he may be open to change on some fronts, but he’s quite dangerous on many issues. Add the rest of the Republican Party living in the Dark Ages to the equation and you have a party that still doesn’t give a sh*t about the black community. GOP leaders are unwilling to repudiate the vile rhetoric from members of its own party. Um, if Rand Paul is the agent through which the Republican Party thinks it can reach out to the black community, then they can forget it for 2014 and 2016. No matter how these Republicans pretend to care for the black community, they manage to insult our intelligence along the way. I would be remiss if I didn’t reiterate that famous line from then-presidential candidate Barack Obama — “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”
Rand Paul can dance all he wants around the issue of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but his views were pretty dangerous. He made a complete 360 degree switch in his views. His explanation is that we don’t understand. Duh, you’re too stupid, right? You be the judge. Watch the video below. Here’s are some of his comments from that video:
“Should we limit racists from speaking?” Paul said in that interview. “I don’t want to be associated with those people, but I also don’t want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that’s one of the things that freedom requires is that we allow people to be boorish and uncivilized, but that doesn’t mean we approve of it.” (H/T Talking Points Memo)
Rand Paul on The Rachel Maddow Show in 2010:
Rand Paul’s Train Wreck at Howard University: