The Constitution, the Civil Rights Act, Obama, and Rand Paul
Immediately after the Kentucky US Senate primary, Rand Paul made what a lot of people consider a gaffe that got all kinds of media exposure:
The entire country went bonkers over the fact that Rand Paul would dare do the unthinkable and dick around with a coveted national document that freed millions of people from the tyranny of an oppressive ruling class. From the Rachel Maddow post, a comment:
Since Rand Paul is an ophthalmologist and I imagine he has his own clinic. Does practice what he preaches? Has he subtly denied minority patients?
Since Paul expressed his opinion that the federal government is over-reaching, through the Civil Rights Act and many others, that means of course he’s racist.
In this case, the speaker thinks the entire document is flawed.
Here’s my gripe. Liberals want their cake and want to eat it too. Some documents are flawed and need to be changed. Other documents of their choice are untouchable.
That’s just being hypocritical. If you’re going to open the doors and dick around with the very document that founded this country, then all documents from that point on are fair game. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 addressed a very specific issue that is not an issue in 2010. Anyone with the very least bit of curiosity about history knows that. Those that don’t shout the loudest.
Rand Paul is correct. He has been attacked totally unjustifiably. The federal government has been over-reaching more and more for the last fifty years and needs to be reined in. One of those tools that enables the federal government to do that is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Now, having said that, I’m waiting for the inevitable racist accusations. However, until someone points to an actual case of unequal voter registration requirement based on race or a school system practicing racial segregation, I rest my case.
The reason Rand Paul is right at this time is because the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did its job. It assured that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights applied to every US citizen equally through the eyes of the federal government. That’s all it could do. Subsequent laws enacted through the CRA went farther and compelled and coerced individuals and businesses to do things to pander to a specific race. That’s when it became over-reaching. That’s not what the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ever intended.
Rand Paul is right on every account.
And, once again, those who bother to read the Civil Rights Act of 1964 know it. Those that won’t, will shout the loudest. And of course, hurl insults in lieu of being forced to admit it.
Rand Paul is preaching limited government. That is definitely the liberals’ worst nightmare.