As a libertarian purist, I have certain misgivings about a Senator Rand Paul, but it is without question that having Ron Paul's son in the Senate would be boon for liberty and a strike directly at the throat of the monster in Washington.
So it is no surprise that the Propaganda arms of the Obama Administration, namely MSNBC, have gone on the offensive against Rand Paul with the same weapons the media used against his father in 2008: Accusations of racism and the bringing up of insignificant issues and laws.
Because the most pressing issues of the day, such as war, debt, and taxation would inspire taking power away from the government, its mouthpieces have to smear any enemies of an ever-stronger state. They have to use entrenched laws which are not the targets of these libertarian-minded candidates to make them seem like bad people.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was unconstitutional, period. Read the Constitution eight times through, and you will not find justification for the law. The issue the insufferably statist Rachel Maddow brought up was Paul's opposition to the provision in the law that prohibits private businesses from discriminating on the basis of race. Left-oriented statists hate capitalism and any business activity that has not been approved by the State, so liberals who would otherwise support the right to freedom of association (meaning that business-owners have a right to preclude anyone from their rightfully-owned business property) find themselves taking the totalitarian position.
Distasteful as it may be: Racist business owners retain their property rights, and if they want to lose business both directly from minority patrons and also from people of other races who find their policies objectionable, they should be free to do so.
If you haven't noticed, there is a depression going on, and a black man's depreciating dollar is as green as a white man's. If the rights of a few thousand (and that's not a lot) small business owners to run their businesses in a non-profitable way are restored, I doubt we would see an epidemic of businesses further constricting their revenue.
Rand's Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, thinks he was clever to point out that "Rand Paul apparently has a deeply held conviction that corporations should be allowed to do what they see fit without oversight or accountability." Unfortunately for Jacky, we have had about 80 years of government doing exactly that, and here are the results. I trust Wal-Mart more.
Finally, we have the telling remarks of John Kyl, Republican Senate leader from Arizona and Establishment darling: Rand's positions are comparable to "a debate like you had at 2 a.m. in the morning when you're going to college. But it doesn't have a lot to do with anything." Our nation's current leadership is made of the wasteful, warmongering, and generally economically ignorant baby-boomer generation (the one that will bankrupt the nation with the Medicare and Social Security payments they feel they are entitled to from our paychecks even if the country survives the decade). The fruits of their leadership should be evidence enough that they are a vicious, self-serving lot and their stranglehold on Washington must be wrested. But now we have one of their leaders spraying vitriol against college students who demand that liberty be restored.
It's nothing less than a generational war. Our victory is assured, because the idiocy of the older generations has made the collapse of the United States inevitable. But if we could maybe elect intelligent people to policy-making positions for a change, we could -perhaps- soften the landing for all involved.
Run, Rand, run!