Talking Points Memo reports that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, the Congressman and third-time Presidential hopeful argues that the Civil Rights Act violates the rights of private business owners to discriminate.
When pressed to elaborate, Rep. Paul responds that segregation is “ancient history” today, despite the fact that this hypothetical vote scenario concerns the sociopolitical climate of 1964.
“There would be zero signs up today saying something like [Whites Only],” says Rep. Paul. “And if they did [put up a sign], they would be an idiot and they would be out of business.”
He also espouses the libertarian view that businesses would have begun to desegregate on their own, without the government intervention of the Civil Rights Act.
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