“…“Just put yourself in the position — you’re an African American family and you’re about to travel halfway across the country, how would you feel if we had a hotel chain that said, ‘No blacks,’” he said. “We’re not going back to that. That’s not an infringement on anything. That’s an upholding of an individual citizen’s right to be able to travel in this country.”…” Lindsey Graham
It’s too bad there are not more Republicans like Lindsey. He’s a throw-back to the glory days of Ronald Reagan. Then again, Ronald Reagan would NEVER put up with the likes of Rand Paul, Russell Pearce, or Chuck Gray.
All we need are more Republicans like Rand Paul, and the GOP is in deep do. We also need to do something about the crazies in Arizona. Try this little nightmare from The Gawker:
Well – try alienating Hispanics for one thing!
“…There’s no doubt that the new Arizona immigration law is popular nationally, but that still doesn’t mean the issue’s going to work to the GOP’s advantage this fall. …”
STANDING UP TO RAND PAUL
Rand Paul is a fool. The GOP needs to jettison him, pull the plug, and force him out of the election. He has no business running for the US Senate. The Pink Flamingo may be on record as the first person to demand Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin withdraw their support from Ron Paul.
“...Still, it is hard to blame Paul for being surprised at his rough national reception. Even after his views on civil rights were known in Kentucky, Paul was uncritically supported by conservative leaders such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Sarah Palin and Christian broadcaster James Dobson. In fact, Dobson switched his endorsement from Trey Grayson to Paul on May 3. Dobson’s statement read: “Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent. But now I’ve received further information from OB/GYNs in Kentucky whom I trust, and from interviewing the candidate himself. I now know that he is avidly pro life. He believes that life begins at conception. He opposes earmarking and supports Israel. He identifies with the Tea Party movement and believes in home schooling. Sounds like my kind of man.”…”
There are very few Republicans who appear to have the courage and honor to stand up against him. Libertarians are supporting Rand Paul. So are the tea party people. The Pink Flamingo is terribly disappointed that Sarah Palin has not denounced Paul. Neither has Jim DeMint. How many “important” conservatives are denouncing Paul, how many are silent, such as Michelle Malkin, and how many are supporting him, such as Newsbusters. How many in the Senate are denouncing him?
Why are people not denouncing this? (H/T Lisa Graas)
From NRO’s The Corner:
“…“I don’t know what he means by that,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told POLITICO on Thursday. “I support nondiscrimination of people, so I would need to talk to him to see what precisely his concerns were.”
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl — the No. 2 Republican in the Senate — said he watched Paul’s exchange with Maddow on Wednesday night and suggested that Paul should have avoided “engaging in a theoretical debate with her.”
“I think the two of them were having a bit of good time having a debate like you had at 2 a.m. in the morning when you’re going to college, but it doesn’t have a lot to do with anything,” Kyl said.
Asked if he agreed with Paul’s view, Kyl said: “You’re trying to go back to the 1960s and redebate all that, and I’m just not going to go to it. I think he was trying to say that.”
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that he can understand how Paul reached that conclusion – based on his libertarian-leaning views – but he said that the law is settled, should not be changed and the country should not reopen the “painful” period in American history.
“My view is that issue has been settled – the courts have ruled on it,” Sessions said. “If you open a restaurant, a hotel to the public then you can’t discriminate on who you allow to come in and out, I think that’s settled. I think America is better off that the segregation views are over, and that played a role in it. … But if you take a more libertarian view, a stronger view of private party, you could reach the conclusion he reached.”
Asked if he agreed with Paul’s conclusion, Sessions said: “I don’t support that.”…”
Jim DeMint is not backing down, making the GOP look disasterous.
“…“Mr. DeMint and his friends talk a lot about freedom,” said state Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler. “Apparently Mr. Paul wants to be free to go back to the days when nearly a third of South Carolinians couldn’t eat in public restaurants.” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said, “Of course Sen. DeMint supports the Civil Rights Act. And Dr. Paul made it clear today that he supports it as well.”…”
In Kentucky it is all about the GOP not wanting to upset the Tea Party “patriots”.
“...Same goes for Paul’s views. The Kentucky Republican party will come to embrace Paul’s tea party supporters, Mercer said, or they’ll just have to get out of the way. “This is bigger than one man,” Victor said. “[Paul] is a movement.” “The closest thing to it I’ve ever seen was Reagan in 1980,” he continued. “It didn’t matter what Reagan said. People just believed.”…”
Then again, only in Palm Beach County….
There is a bottom line here. The Pink Flamingo has been telling you for years that the nasty people are trying to take over the GOP. This is only the beginning. It looks like they are winning in AZ.
Scary – isn’t it?
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
How’s that outside the beltway mind set workin’ for all you lovely little tea party “patriots” who no longer want anyone with experience running the country?
“...Paul and the Tea Party movement are not just oblivious to the realities of the civil rights struggle they are clueless about the role government plays in making a modern, capitalist economy function. Their Confederate Libertarian theories about government have been tried before with a lousy record. It is an approach to government that allowed racism and other injustices (slavery) to thrive while making it difficult for real liberty and prosperity to emerge. Now they are marching around our political house, proposing to blow out vital load-bearing walls to make it roomier. If they get what they are after we will live in a pile of rubble….”
Sarah Palin is, according to one Pink Flamingo contact, “All over the map” with her endorsements. The problem now is she is strictly hitting the tea party losers.
“…Yesterday, Sarah Palin complicated GOP efforts to target Democratic Senator Patty Murray in Washington. By endorsing outside candidate Clint Didier to be the GOP’s nominee in the senate race, Palin may have forced out Dino Rossi, the mainstream establishment candidate with the best odds of actually defeating Sen. Murray in a general election.
Palin endorsed Didier on her facebook page, calling him a “selfless, inspiring commonsense conservative” who would “help put our country on the right track.” With Palin’s endorsement of Didier however, former Washington state senator and two-time Washington gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi may face a contentious primary fight….”
Rand Paul is NOT ready for prime time. Anyone who thinks that he is, well, they are delusional.
Sunday on Chris Wallace, Sarah Palin called Rand Paul’s libertarian views a brand of “constitutional conservative”. Sarah Palin does not understand what a real libertarian is – and that is the problem. The Tea Parties are a festering wound filled with the puss of libertarianism. They are pretending to be conservative and follow the constitution, but they are NOT CONSERVATIVE.
“…“The foundation of libertarian thinking is private property as a limit on state action,” David Bernstein, a libertarian law professor, explained to Talking Points Memo, the popular political blog. “So if a private business chooses to discriminate, a typical libertarian would say that’s a business owner’s right to do so.”
This is precisely the case Barry Goldwater, the leader of the Republicans’ conservative wing, made on the Senate floor just before the final vote on the Civil Rights Act. “I am unalterably opposed to discrimination of any sort,” Mr. Goldwater said, even as he attacked provisions of the bill that “would embark the Federal Government on a regulatory course of action with regard to private enterprise and in the area of so-called ‘public accommodations’ and in the area of employment.”
Public accommodations included gas station rest rooms, drinking fountains, lunch counters, hotels, movie houses and sports arenas. It is hard to imagine a candidate today making the case that discrimination in such places should be allowed. Indeed Mr. Paul has said he favors the “public accommodations” provision. But in advancing the autonomy of private businesses, he is reviving libertarian thought in its peak period. In his 1962 book “Capitalism and Freedom,” Milton Friedman, the right’s most influential economist, equated the Fair Employment Practices Commissions — created to prevent workplace discrimination — with “the Hitler Nuremberg laws.” But he also applied the comparison to “the Southern states imposing special disabilities upon Negroes.” In other words, he recognized that Jim Crow was itself a form of intrusive government, only enacted at the state level….”
TEXTBOOK LIBERTARIAN LIES
The Maddow interview:
“...Maddow provided Paul a fair forum, giving him approximately 15 minutes to explain his views. The “poor political decision” that Paul made was not in appearing on her show, but rather in opposing portions of the Civil Rights Act. Rather than applauding his network’s journalistic feat, Scarborough is bashing it because his preferred candidate didn’t fare well….”
BP is not to blame for the mess in the Gulf. Why Rand Paul says so.
“…Rand Paul’s campaign manager really should get him away from a microphone for a few days: Following up on his “private businesses should be allowed to discriminate” remarks, the Republican nominee for the Senate from Kentucky said President Obama’s harsh words for BP “sounds really un-American.” He went on, “I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.”..”
“…No wonder Sanchez and Weigel concluded with a forthright condemnation of Ron Paul’s dishonesty on race. “Ron Paul may not be a racist,” they wrote, “but he became complicit in a strategy of pandering to racists.” The same polite formulation could be applied to the hard-line activists behind the Goldwater campaign in 1964, or the “Southern strategists” of the Nixon White House, or the “populist conservatives” of the George Wallace campaign, many of whom still remain active on the right today.
Despite the persistent efforts of Buchanan, Rockwell and many others on the far right, their deranged “dream” of political advancement through racial conflict never developed into a full-scale national nightmare. Instead, King’s dream has since drawn closer to fulfillment with the election of Barack Obama. But the profound resentment of the first black president symbolized by Rand Paul and his Tea Party supporters arose from an old political fever swamp that has never been drained. …”
Then he is a big believer in the NAFTA superhighway.
And there is more. According to TMP:
“...That problem “solved,” Paul almost immediately jumped into some more hot water. In an interview Friday morning, Paul claimed that the way President Obama has been criticizing BP for helping to cause one of the largest oil spills in the nation’s history was “un-American.”
By now, reporters were on to Paul — it became clear he’s not your average Republican and the media set about turning over rocks to find out what they could learn. It didn’t take much time to paint a picture of a man who fears the coming American Hitler, is a go-to guest for the country’s foremost AM radio conspiracy theorist and gives stump speeches that include warnings about the Left’s plan to replace the Dollar with something called “the Amero.”
Paul is now officially on the fringe (or totally in the mainstream if you’re a Libertarian), about as far away from the establishment conversation as one can get and still be a legitimate political candidate. That’s the national view anyway. Back home in Kentucky, Republicans are preparing to rally around him despite their wariness. They say Paul will still win in November (his Democratic opponent disagrees) though they don’t hesitate to separate themselves from his wilder views….”