ABOUT RAND PAUL
No supporter of discrimination
I am a registered Democrat with libertarian leanings, so I support (Republican) fiscal conservatism, as well as (Democrat) protection of individual liberties.
While I cannot speak personally as to Rand Paul's purported libertarian leanings, it is certainly wrong to think that his recent statements regarding the Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act indicate any insensitivity towards minorities or the disabled.
In fact, Paul has firmly stated that discrimination is a very horrible, despicable act. It is much more accurate to say that Paul's statements likely indicate a belief that if we lived in an ideal world, it would not be necessary for the federal government to police discrimination.
Sufficient numbers of people, of their own free will, would simply refuse to patronize a discriminatory business, thereby adversely affecting its bottom line or very survival.
I'll be crossing party lines to vote for Rand Paul come November.
Capitalism run amok
Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for the Senate, has recently expressed his opposition to the provision in the 1964 Civil Rights Act that bars racial discrimination in places of business and commerce that are open to the public.
He argues that this legislation violates the rights of business owners and corporations to choose their own customers.
The principles that Paul invoked were once used to justify Jim Crow practices and legal segregation in Kentucky and in other southern states.
That Paul professes his opposition to racism and claims that he would never engage in such behavior has nothing to do with the fact that his views provide ideological cover for a racial caste system and for the return of an ugly chapter in the country's history.
Following Paul's logic, corporations and businesses would have the right to destroy the oceans and environment as being done now by BP, to exploit child labor as was practiced in the past, to produce whatever goods they wish regardless of the consequences for the safety and health of the public and to damage our communities in whatever way they wish.
Financial institutions would have the right to continue to drive our economy into the ground for their own profit.
Citizens of this commonwealth should not be taken in by all the misleading rhetoric about big government and Obama's socialistic agenda but rather should consider the consequences of unregulated capitalism for the welfare of our communities and for the environment.
Man up, Rand
My father used to take great delight in telling everyone he met that the only time I ever opened my mouth was to change feet.
Consequently, I've been feeling a great deal of kinship with Rand Paul lately, with one exception. When I was caught, I'd just smile and apologize — not blame everybody else for whatever gaffe I had committed. Here are a few words of reality and advice for Paul:
The Democrats didn't put your foot in your mouth. You did.
The Republican establishment didn't put your foot in your mouth. You did.
The liberal media didn't put your foot in your mouth. You did.
So, be a man. Admit you've made mistakes, learn from them and get on with the election. I think it will earn you more votes than pointing your finger at all those who have "misquoted" you on everything from verbal pronouncements to things you've written in letters to the editor.
His comments personal
Rand Paul made his infamous comments on civil rights on MSNBC. After the firestorm began, he backtracked the next morning by saying he really would have supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that "trick" questions by the media were to blame.
But he stuck his foot further down his throat when he stated that he would not have supported the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by Republican President Ronald Reagan) because of the requirements placed on private businesses.
In other words, he would be in favor of banning people like me, having multiple sclerosis, from entering any restaurant, movie theater or store because of my disability.
This serves as further evidence that discriminatory attitudes are alive and well in this country and thriving in Kentucky.
Guess who I'm not voting for and even working against this November?
Give him a break
Your editorial, "Libertarian limits," concerning Rand Paul couldn't be further off the mark. The Courier--Journal, Rachel Maddow and now the Herald-Leader all seem to conflate his support for the right to abhorrent behavior (racism) to actually supporting such behavior.
His position is clear and unequivocal: He despises racism but doesn't believe the federal government should interfere in private business practice. Oddly, liberals comfortably make this distinction when making this case for abortion rights: "I personally don't like abortion, but the government can't take away someone's right to do what they want with their own body."
I don't see why they don't grant Paul the same courtesy.
Take ideology further
As a staunch libertarian and committed Rand Paul supporter, I applaud his antipathy for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, hate-crime legislation and other insidious attempts by big government to stifle legitimate business.
Did you know, for example, that many Southern postcard photographers lost their livelihood when the federal government cracked down on lynchings?
However, I contend that Paul has not gone far enough.
He should work to repeal the criminal laws that impede any and all businesses, including pimping and prostitution, mugging, bank robbery, murder for hire, drug trafficking and the production and sale of child pornography.
Why should banks, brokerage firms, coal magnates and big oil companies get all the breaks?
Don't the little guys deserve the right to make an honest buck?
Let the free market decide what is right or wrong. Don't like dope dealers? Boycott them. If that doesn't stop them, boycott a mugger. That'll show him.
Furthermore, I believe that Jesus would agree with me. He is, in fact, a capitalist, at least according to your readers who adhere to the "Greed is God" school of theology.
Would Jesus choose compassion and morality over the divine tight to pursue the almighty dollar? I think not!
Jesus, Rand Paul and I plan to discuss my ideas over cocktails at the country club. Sorry, you rank and file tea partiers can't come. Members only, you understand.
At the tea party
...And Rand said, "Do not serve 'black' tea at that party" and "be sure the party is located on the first floor of the building."
And Mitch said, "Dr. Paul, do those signs above the restroom doors say 'black and white'? I do believe we need to talk tonight ..."
Also, 20 years from now Paul will ask, "Is that oil on my shrimp?"
Palin-Paul in '12 would be the best thing since Abbott and Costello in '42.