The Paul family today showed themselves to be the crazy, racist, out-of-touch, intellectually-challenged, clueless pieces of shit that I always knew they were. Both Paul pere et fil made asses of themselves in front of TV cameras today, exposing their true selves before the media and immortalizing their ignorance on digital video.
First, Ron Paul declared to Chris Matthews that he wouldn't have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act because it denied the rights of property owners:
Another Paul family political announcement, another battle on MSNBC over the landmark law that helped end segregation in America.
Just about a year after his son Rand Paul stepped in it when he told Rachel Maddow he was opposed to provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) told Chris Matthews Friday he wouldn't have voted for the law in the first place had he been in Congress at the time.
Rand's statements on the law (which he later retracted) came during his first week as the Republican nominee for Senate in Kentucky in 2010. Ron's criticisms of the law came on the day he declared his third run for the presidency.
"Yeah," he told Matthews when asked if he would have voted against the act in Congress. "But I wouldn't vote against getting rid of the Jim Crow laws."
Ron, like his son, said that his statement about the Civil Rights Act has nothing to do with the law's intentions -- i.e. ending institutionalized discrimination in a wide swath of American life, including in the public accommodations where African Americans were denied service at the height of the Jim Crow era. Paul said he would vote against the law because it imposed unfair rules on what private business owners can and can't do on their own property. Essentially, they should be free to discriminate if they wish, Paul says, however distasteful that may be.
Then, his newly-elected son, Sen. Rand Paul (Tea-TN) proclaimed that health care reform was akin to slavery:
Fortunately for us all, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) showed the younger Paul what an ass he is, a few minutes later:
I don't know which bothers me more: the fact that Rand Paul thinks that his arrogant, lying, overpaid ass would be no better off than a slave, after the adoption of health care reform; or, that his father Ron can openly say that he wouldn't have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and will still likely keep his seat in Congress.
Come to think of it, I don't like that EITHER of them has and will likely retain their positions in the federal government, their personal fortunes, their freedom, and their good health too, for that matter. I don't like that the only consequences these two are likely to face are a few more lucrative speaking engagements to other greedy, racist relics.
Ron Paul is a racist asshole; Rand Paul is all that, and a lying piece of shit, too. Fuck 'em both.