INTERVIEWER: Would you have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?Not just a one-off; see his Maddow interview.
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.
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 exclude anybody from your restaurant--but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. But I absolutely think there should be no discrimination in anything that gets any public funding, and that’s most of what I think the Civil Rights Act was about in my mind.
Can I please do the next media interview with Michael Steele? Pretty please? I just have a few questions.
Rand also opposes the Americans with Disabilities Act, FYI.
(And his name is Randal, so I guess calling him Rand is just an affectionate nod to Objectivism.)
... UPDATE: Good news! "I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
Well, that's mighty white of him. I trust he won't seek to reinstate the Three-Fifths Clause either.
... Bruce Bartlett, via Kevin Drum:
The libertarian philosophy of Rand Paul and the Supreme Court of the 1880s and 1890s gave us almost 100 years of segregation, white supremacy, lynchings, chain gangs, the KKK, and discrimination of African Americans for no other reason except their skin color. The gains made by the former slaves in the years after the Civil War were completely reversed once the Supreme Court effectively prevented the federal government from protecting them. Thus we have a perfect test of the libertarian philosophy and an indisputable conclusion: it didn't work. Freedom did not lead to a decline in racism; it only got worse.There's more.