By Brady Dennis
Friday, May 21, 2010
The Senate approved new far-reaching financial rules on Thursday aimed at preventing the risky behavior and regulatory failures that brought the economy to the brink of collapse two years ago and cost millions of Americans their jobs and savings.
The bill passed by a vote of 59 to 39, with four Republicans joining a majority of Democrats in supporting it.
The 1,500-page measure, shepherded through the Senate by Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the banking committee, seeks to reshape both Washington and Wall Street.
I've noticed a few recent news articles are reporting Rand had the following exchange with Rachel Maddow.
Maddow: Do you think that a private business has the right to say, "We don't serve black people"?
Paul: Yes. I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form...
If you go to the video however, Rand obviously never said the word "yes". Here it is, cued up to the exact moment:
Time to re-up your payments to our Soldiers of Liberty Money Bomb candidates, or they will re-up your kids:
Rand Paul on Wolf Blitzer. I think he changed his position a bit...
In response to liberal media attacks, Dr. Rand Paul today released the following statement:
“I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person. I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation. Even though this matter was settled when I was 2, and no serious people are seeking to revisit it except to score cheap political points, I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws.
“As I have said in previous statements, sections of the Civil Rights Act were debated on Constitutional grounds when the legislation was passed. Those issues have been settled by federal courts in the intervening years
“My opponent’s statement on MSNBC Wednesday that I favor repeal of the Civil Rights Act was irresponsible and knowingly false. I hope he will correct the record and retract his claims.
“The issue of civil rights is one with a tortured history in this country. We have made great strides, but there is still work to be done to ensure the great promise of Liberty is granted to all Americans.
“This much is clear: The federal government has far overreached in its power grabs. Just look at the recent national healthcare schemes, which my opponent supports. The federal government, for the first time ever, is mandating that individuals purchase a product. The federal government is out of control, and those who love liberty and value individual and state’s rights must stand up to it.
“These attacks prove one thing for certain: the liberal establishment is desperate to keep leaders like me out of office, and we are sure to hear more wild, dishonest smears during this campaign.”
National Review Online | Daniel Foster | May 20, 2010
Paul Calls Maddow Appearance ‘Mistake,’ Civil Rights ‘Settled’
Appearing on Laura Ingraham's radio show this morning, Rand Paul said he regretted his Wednesday appearance with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, in which Paul appeared to waver on whether he thought the government was right to force the desegregation of private businesses during the Civil Rights era.
"It was a poor political decision and probably won't be happening anytime in the near future," Paul said of the Maddow appearance:
UPDATE: The Paul campaign has issued the following statement:
“I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person. I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation. Even though this matter was settled when I was 2, and no serious people are seeking to revisit it except to score cheap political points, I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
UPDATE II: Just got the audio from the Ingraham appearance. Key question at 8:15:
Laura: "Would you have voted for the Civil Rights Act?"
"Yes, because I think the preponderance of the evidence was that we had some abhorrent things going on in our society—segregation, the Jim Crow laws...I think the south had failed and that the federal government did have a role in ending discrimination in all of these practices."
UPDATE III: Here's Mitch McConnell spokesman Don Stewart:
Among Senator McConnell's most vivid memories and most formative events in his career was watching his boss Sen. John Sherman Cooper help pull together the votes to break the filibuster and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has always considered the law a monumental achievement for the country and is glad to hear Dr. Paul supports it as well.
Election 2010: Kentucky Senate
Kentucky Senate: Paul 59%, Conway 34%
Rand Paul, riding the momentum of his big Republican Primary win on Tuesday, now posts a 25-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, but there’s a lot of campaigning to go.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Kentucky, taken Wednesday night, shows Paul earning 59% of the vote, while Conway picks up 34% support. Four percent (4%) percent prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
This is a comment someone made at Rachel Maddow's blog. What other arguments can be used to defend Rand?
I am a 45 year old Black American male who loves your show but I strongly disagree with you about your position on Rand Paul. Just so you know I voted for Obama and Kerry because I was horrified by both Bush and Palin respectively. Here's where I disagree with you.
1. If someone in the Klan owns a restaurant and doesn't want to serve me, why on earth would I want to support him by giving him my money? I don't want my money going to buy little Klan baby clothes. I'd rather the privately owned establishments wear their racism on their sleeves so I know who to support. If they want to lose my money, and the money of all other minorities and people with brains and a conscience, then fine. Racism is bad business.
2. There's two facts none of us can get around. Churches are still the most segregated places in America every Sunday morning. Its called freedom of religion. There are still restaurants where you can't go in D.C. and I can't go in Georgia. That's called tribalism. Integration cannot be forced privately, only publicly. Tribalism cannot be defeated by legislation. Freedom of speech and of religion means also freedom of @!$%#s. I prefer them with their hoods off.
3. I respectfully say that I think you're wrong to imply that Rand Paul is a racist for believing that.
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Congratulations Rand from all of us at the Daily Paul.
Full Victory Speech:
Congratulations again Rand!
Thanks to bigmikedude for the map & the link.