Kentucky Senate responds to Rand Paul by passing resolution affirming civil rights

Rand Paul
Rand Paul

The Kentucky State Senate has responded to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul’s suggestion that the federal government shouldn’t have the power to enforce the Civil Rights Act against private businesses.

In response to Paul’s comments, the state Senate passed a resolution calling any form of discrimination inconsistent with American values.

The resolution, SR31, is designed to “Affirm protections of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States requiring equal protection of the law, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966, which protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from discrimination.”

Since he made those infamous comments about the Civil Rights Act on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Paul’s campaign has been suffering, and last week he replaced his campaign manager, according to USA Today.

After his appearance on Maddow, he cancelled an appearance on “Meet the Press” and issued an announcement that, if elected, he would not seek to repeal the Civil Rights Act.

—  David Taffet

Rand Paul would turn back civil rights

Rand Paul, son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky on Tuesday. He won with Tea Party support and called himself a “card-carrying member.”

Since his victory over the mainstream, party-backed candidate, Paul has come under fire for his opposition to the 1964 civil rights bill. He told Rachel Maddow that he doesn’t believe in any form of racism and that the government should ban all forms of discrimination in its institutions, but should not regulate business.

So he was saying that lunch counters in private stores should be allowed to remain segregated.

Paul said he believes in local solutions. Local solutions mean that gay and lesbian teachers are protected in Dallas Independent School District, but few other places in Texas, for example.

The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel, who writes the conservative blog Right Now, said, “Paul believes, as many conservatives believe, that the government should ban bias in all of its institutions but cannot intervene in the policies of private businesses.”

Time magazine reports that Paul now says he regrets going on Rachel Maddow — but he doesn’t say he regrets his comments.

—  David Taffet

Dick Armey makes a fool of himself

Okay, former U.S. Rep. Dick Armey has never been one of my favorite people, and I think it’s safe to say he’s never been any kind of friend to the LGBT community. (He’s the one who once referred to gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank as “Barney Fag” and then claimed it was an unintentional slip. Whatever.)

But the clip below (taken from Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC) shows Armey at a recent “tea party” gathering outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., protesting the health care reform. Armey was speaking at the rally and defending his former congressional colleague against the horrible lesbian Rachel Maddow, who had dared to disagree with Coburn on something during a recent “Meet the Press” show.

As pointed out on the blog LezGetReal, Maddow has a doctorate in political science from Oxford University (she was a Rhodes Scholar). Coburn is a doctor of medicine with a degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a practicing obstetrician. Armey has a doctorate in economics from North Texas State.

In his speech, Armey derides Maddow as someone with a degree in nothing that matters, and questions her qualifications to debate health care reform with Coburn, a practicing medical doctor. Only then, Maddow points out that she never debated health care reform with Coburn, and that instead, the only exchange between them was about the nasty and violent tone some Republican protests have been taken.

(Maybe it’s just me, but I would think that a doctorate in political science makes Maddow very qualified to debate the tone of politics in this country.)

Like I said, I have never liked Dick Armey, but I think he makes himself look pretty foolish here, first by mischaracterizing the discussion between Coburn and Maddow, by deriding Maddow’s qualifications, by mispronouncing her name and — last but not least — by wearing that stupid hate in public!

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