Posted by: Rick | Friday, May 21, 2010

The Libertarian’s Dilemma

Veteran Republican policy wonk Bruce Bartlett brilliantly sums up Rand Paul’s predicament:

I don’t believe Rand is a racist; I think he is a fool who is suffering from the foolish consistency syndrome that affects all libertarians.  They believe that freedom consists of one thing and one thing only — freedom from governmental constraint.  Therefore, it is illogical to them that any increase in government power could ever expand freedom.  Yet it is clear that African-Americans were far from free in 1964 and that the Civil Rights Act greatly expanded their freedom while diminishing that of racists.  To defend the rights of racists to discriminate is reprehensible and especially so when it is done by a major party nominee for the U.S. Senate.  I believe that Rand should admit that he was wrong as quickly as possible.

We’re about to see how much Rand Paul wants to be a senator.  The “libertarianism” he has espoused his entire adult life is nothing but dorm room bullshit.  The only way Paul can get elected is to turn his back on his most cherished beliefs and try to at least sound responsible.

Can he do it?  I’d say — in the words of Sarah Palin — “Not NO, but HELL NO!”



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