Rand Paul Rewrites History

Rand Paul Rewrites History

Rand Paul Rewrites History

(I love this guy, he gives me more humorous things to write about than all other politicians put together.)

Republican Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, spoke at predominately black Howard University today.  He told those who would waste their time listening to him that what they knew about the history of civil rights was all wrong.  It was Republicans who were in favor of freeing African-Americans in the south, Democrats only “gave them stuff”.  He gave the same basic speech at CPAC’s “Trump the Race Card” panel last month.  And he’s going to keep saying it until he believes it.

He claims that it was Republicans in the 19th century who favored emancipation and abolition.

He told the crowd, “Republicans saw a significant drop in support from black people from the 1960s on, not because of the party’s calculation that it could win elections by appealing to the prejudices of racist Southerners, but because Democrats offered a bunch of handouts during the Great Depression.”

I want to see this guy’s birth certificate, I don’t think he was born and raised in this country.  I was stationed in the South in 1964 and 1965 in the military, and I saw first-hand the right wing racism and oppression as it happened.

“I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act,” he said, speaking at the traditionally black school. “The dispute, if there is one, has always been about how much of the remedy should come under federal, or state, or private purview.”

Here’s what the Senator said regarding the Civil Rights Act when questioned by Rachael Maddow about his statements in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  Here is the transcript:

“INTERVIEWER: Would you have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

PAUL: I like the Civil Rights Act in the sense that it ended discrimination in all public domains, and I’m all in favor of that.

INTERVIEWER: But?

PAUL: You had to ask me the “but.” I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners — I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant — but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. But I think there should be absolutely no discrimination in anything that gets any public funding, and that’s most of what the Civil Rights Act was about to my mind.”

Rachael Maddow continued to press him about the Act.

“I am opposed to Title II, the section that made it a crime for private businesses to discriminate against customers on the basis of race.” Paul said that he would have tried to change the bill if he was in office at the time. (He was two years old when the landmark legislation passed.)

If the “Ed Sullivan Show” was still on the air, he would be a frequent guest as the reigning political stand-up comedian.

I’ve got to read everything he says more closely.  He obviously lives in a different time and dimension than I do, and I’m probably missing some great material.  “Go TEA Party”!

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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