Obama Is Attacking Rand PaulSubmitted by TenBobNote on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 20:02
From an email representing Obama..
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul was born a year before the Civil Rights Act was enacted, but in the past few days, he's said repeatedly that he opposes key pieces of the law.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an unambiguous victory in the struggle for equality in the United States. In a single moment, legal segregation in schools and public places came to an end.
But, again and again, in interviews with local press, NPR, and Rachel Maddow, Paul has said that he doesn't support the law as it was written. He believes that businesses should have the right to discriminate based on race, gender, disability, or any other factor. When asked about whether or not he supports desegregating lunch counters, Paul couldn't even answer yes or no.
Rand Paul needs to know that his position is unacceptable, and it will take a massive public outcry for him to feel the political consequences. Help us send a message -- sign our letter to Rand Paul today.
If you think it's ridiculous that we're still debating the merits of the Civil Rights Act today -- 46 years after the fact -- you're correct.
But political views like this are exactly why Rand Paul has become a champion for the extreme wing of his party. If he is elected, he will be their voice in the Senate -- taking up their plans to roll back all the changes that we've worked so hard to achieve and undermine the accomplishments of those who came before us.
It's time that Rand Paul heard from people who aren't ring-wing extremists. We've written an open letter to Paul to make it clear that his views have no place in 2010. Will you co-sign with us?
Kentucky State Director
Organizing for America