Rand Paul has been getting a lot of internet attention over the past 24 hours for his comments about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The FrumForum has run quite a few reactions to his statement, but this one from Bruce Bartlett takes issue with anybody who identifies as Libertarian:
“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.”
Your thoughts? Reactions? As essentially the only candidate that strongly promotes Libertarian ideas, has he suddenly given classical liberals a bad name?