Kentucky is saying “no” to Rand Paul.
The Kentucky Senate has adopted a resolution declaring any form of discrimination to be inconsistent with American values. The move is in reaction to remarks made by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.
Louisville state Senator Gerald Neal introduced the resolution late last week during a special session on the state budget. It was adopted without objection in the predominantly Republican chamber.
I thought the faux outrage over Paul's remarks on the Civil Rights Act had pretty much peaked, forgetting for a moment that there is no limit to how low the craven can go. All discrmination bad -- there's a shocking position for you.
Paul's ruminations on the issues of liberty and equality and how far the government should go to regulate private behavior for the public good provided the potential for the kind of meaningful debate the pundits and politicians and voters always say they desperately want. Surprise, surprise, they didn't really mean it.
Paul's remarks, by the way, demonstrate why libertarians usually get about 1 percent or less of the vote. They'd much rather wallow in philosophical purity than say the predictable sort of things that get people elected. But Paul also demonstrates that he is perhaps more of a pragmatic politician than his followers might like. His rush to "explain" what he "really" meant would make any Democrat or Republican envious.