By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA
Tuesday was a very good day for those of us who support Rand Paul's Libertarian philosophy of governance. His belief in a limited federal government, fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, and greater local control reverberates in most people that understand the values this nation was founded on.
The right to own and control one's own property, and or business, is one of the hallmarks of liberty, and it is as important to freedom as the right of free speech. Also at the core of this countries values is the belief in individual rights, and the governments responsibility to insure and preserve the rights of each individual.
Rand Paul, just two days after his blowout win in Kentucky's primary finds himself in a politically precarious spot... The result of his response to a question on civil rights and his belief the in rights of private sector business owners to serve who they please in a privately held business. The interview segment:
Rand Paul's response to the question has opened the floodgates to an onslaught of progressive criticism. Progressives have a deep distaste for Rand Paul's positions on nearly all levels. Most of which the majority of America, if they become familiar with his positions, will likely support on a broad basis. For the complete interview and a fuller understanding of the candidates positions click here.
For most, Rand Paul's remarks will likely be taken on an emotional level, at least until listened to again, perhaps more closely. Certainly the progressives will weigh his remarks from the emotionalism that civil rights and discrimination engender.
However, when separated from emotionalism and viewed in proper perceptive it should become clear Paul's remarks are founded in a philosophy that precludes one from acting in a discriminatory manner towards any individual.
Breaking it down...
Dr. Paul is a staunch believer in individual property rights and the right of the individual business owner to transact business with whomever that business owner so chooses.
He also believes it is not the federal governments proper domain to dictate to whom an individual business owner must trade in a free market.
Dr. Paul also believes that it is not good business to refuse the opportunity to anyone to engage in mutually beneficial trade.
At the same time he finds discrimination and racism reprehensible and disgusting. As any reasonable human being would.
He also believes the federal government has acted properly in enacting laws that prohibit discrimination in the public domain. This means of course where their is public funding of activities, in employment practices, in travel in public vehicles and on public through ways etc.
A note on employment in private business. Dr. Paul would find the enforcement of non discriminatory hiring practices by the government to be proper here as well because failing to do so would have the possible effect of limiting opportunity for certain segments of society.
No where in Rand Paul's remarks did he defend discrimination or racism. He clearly left no doubt that he is vehemently opposed to both and would, in his community stand up in opposition to both. He would do the same on the national stage as well as his core values demand it.
The progressives, and those who have blindly determined the Tea Party movement is racist and homophobic, will use Dr. Paul's remarks to label him as reactionary, racist, a throwback Neanderthal, or worse... Rather than viewing his remarks for what they are... Another very valid view of the federal governments proper place in a free society. One where free men and women of all creeds and color should be able to trade freely with others on a free market.
For progressives to disagree with, and strongly debate the issue(s) with Dr. Paul is proper and good. To inaccurately portray his values and beliefs for the sake of political advantage is evil. And this holds true for all political discourse or arguments.
For the record... I believe there are few in a civilized and enlightened society that have a problem eating with, working with, or socializing with those of different backgrounds, nationalities, or color. Dr. Paul it is clear, sits squarely with this belief as well.