Chris Mathews Implies Ron Paul Is Racist

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

This week Ron Paul announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States and placed himself in the spotlight of controversy, unabashedly stating on the Chris Matthews show that he would have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act were he in congress at the time.

Rep. Paul's reasoning against the Civil Rights Act is consistent with his position on property rights and that the act violated the property rights of independent businesses. This is consistent with constitutional principles and libertarian values advocated by Paul.

Those who remember Senator Bary Goldwater will remember he voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the same property rights basis expressed by Rep. Paul on the Mathews show. Senator Barry Goldwater was the Republican Presidential nominee in 1964.

Chris Mathews, in typical progressive fashion, implied that Paul was a racist because of his position on the Civil Rights Act. Of course this only points up Mathews ignorance of, or lack of understanding, with respect to the body of law respecting property rights.

Representative Paul:
I believe that property rights should be protected. Your right to be on TV is protected by property rights because somebody owns that station. I can't walk into your station. So right of freedom of speech is protected by property. The right of your church is protected by property. So people should honor and protect it. This gimmick, Chris, it's off the wall when you say I'm for property rights and states rights therefore I'm a racist. That's just outlandish.
Paul added that any talk of the segregated South that the Civil Rights Act aimed to reform is too old to be relevant anyway, saying the specter of Whites Only signs is "ancient history."

Besides, Paul says that the Jim Crow laws would have ended without the Civil Rights Act anyway, a view held by many libertarians who believe the free markets solve social problems.{Read More}
The left's attempt to frame Paul as a racist based on his stance with respect to the 1964 Civil Rights Act amounts to progressive demagoguery and nothing more.

More at The Other McCain.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Chris Matthews is the racist. He doesn't even understand American history enough to see the error of his ways that secession is not racist. He continues to point to the lies of the Civil War to justify his calling states rights activists "racist."

  2. Damn Bill; you beat me to it.

  3. What is incredible is that Chris Matthews used to be for Goldwater as a teenager yet doesn't remember that liberty isn't liberty unless people are free to do controversial things (so long as they don't hurt someone.) Should God not have given people free will?

    Ron Paul made it clear to Matthews he would have voted against Jim Crow laws keeping people in the back of the bus and REQUIRING restaurant owners to segregate, etc. But the beauty of liberty can't be overshadowed by the fact that with liberty some few may use their liberty to act in ways the others would despise.

  4. One thing you can say about Ron Paul is that he doesn't waver in his principles...
    And his principles are based on the Constitution.

  5. Call it the soft bigotry of dangerous naïveté.

    Continue reading : The racist naïveté of Ron Paul’s Civil Rights Act opposition - National post-partisan |

  6. @djkelsey
    I'd rather call it what it really is...
    Typical leftist MSM spin attempt!


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