Ron Paul (Again!:) I Would Not Have Voted For 1964 Civil Rights Act (VIDEO)

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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Kyle Guest
Kyle Guest6 years ago

Ron Paul is amazing because he stands by his views on freedom no matter how unpopular they are. He believes in supporting freedom across the board, no matter how screwed up some freedoms may seem, he is a TRUE believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Ron Paul realizes that getting rid of the sign isn't going to get rid of the hate, it may even make it worse. We don't need big brother to come help us when a giddy little neo-nazi goes putting up a "Aryan Race only" sign, the public can deal with it just fine. Like Dr. Paul said, it is ancient history, anyone who would do that now adays would be completely stupid and would regret it fast.

What if the government decided today to take down all "no pets allowed" signs in apartment buildings? It is about property laws, if you own property, you decide who comes on your property. I'm sure many of you would have less of a problem if I put up a "no republicans allowed" sign. Profiling of any type is wrong, yes, but in order to uphold freedom you need to uphold all freedoms.

Lindsey DTSW
.6 years ago

I don't doubt that businesses would have eventually desegregated on their own without the legislation - after all, most private clubs today (which have the right to discriminate) are desegrated, just as most private schools are no longer the 'whites-only' enclaves so many of them were before. Just as some churches are choosing to voluntarily allow gay marriage, etc.

But I think the Civil Rights Act was necessary in any event. There are some wrongs that are so heinous that to wait for society to come to its senses on its own isn't reasonable. While I agree with Dr. Paul that in a perfect world a business owner should be allowed to discriminate against anyone he pleases, we don't live in a perfect world. And sometimes even we libertarians have to compromise on theoretical principles in order for real justice to be achieved.