What is sad is that I suspect that Rand thinks he was being brave by going to Howard University to address a hostile audience, and I suspect a lot of conservatives will give him credit for bravery for doing so. But what he said was pure PC pandering. It wasn’t brave at all. Rand criticized the Civil Rights Act in the past but quickly backtracked like a whipped puppy when he came under fire for it. Here he made sure to emphasize that he has always supported the Civil Rights Act. Of course Rand’s father knew, correctly, that the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional. Rand also babbled the same old Republican line that the Republican Party has always been the Party of civil rights. As I explained in my post about the racial controversy at CPAC, this is technically true but misleading. In many ways the Democrat Party and the Republican Party switched places during the civil rights era and beyond. Blacks’ allegiance switched to the Democrat Party during FDR’s reign and beyond. The forces of conservatism in general resisted civil rights legislation, so claiming that a liberal Republican from the Northeast supported the Civil Rights Act while Southern Democrats didn’t is meaningless as the forces are allied today. Not only is this pandering, it is intellectually lazy. Did Rand write this speech? Surely he approved it beforehand.
For comparison, here is what Paul the Greater said about the unconstitutionality of the Civil Rights Act.
Unfortunately, Paul the Lesser continues to demonstrate that he is not his father.
CHT Poll: Should we address Rand Paul as a.) Paul the Lesser or b.) Rander Paul?