I felt compelled to write about Rand Paul’s supposed “gaffe” on the Rachel Maddow show. For those who aren’t familiar with the “gaffe,” Mr. Paul said that he supported the original intent of the Civil Rights Act, which was to accord to blacks equal dignity as befits their status as living, breathing human beings. He did not, however, support the provision in the Civil Rights Act that banned businesses from discriminating.
It would first behoove us to discuss what the Civil Rights Act essentially does. Before this act, if a crime was committed against a black person, it was swept under the rug. Black people basically had no legal recourse if a crime was committed against them. This law gave them that recourse. However, those who drafted the act wrongly thought that a white person refusing to do business with a black person was a crime. It is not a crime to refuse to do business with anybody, no matter what your motivation may be for such a refusal to do business. Like Rand Paul said, it is a bad business model, as such a discriminatory business practice likely will backfire and cause his business to suffer.
But if that person wishes to risk his business in such a fashion, Rand Paul essentially asks one simple question, who is the government to stop them? If a person wishes to risk his business on a bad discriminatory practice, that is his right. The free market will eventually squeeze him out as more and more people simply refuse in like fashion to do business with a racist. So in his comments on the Civil Rights Act, Rand Paul is correct. Refusing to do business with someone based on a person’s skin color is wrong, and not only that constitutes a bad business model as well, but the business owner does have that right. We do not have an unalienable right to a business owner’s good’s and services. A business owner has the right to refuse to do business with someone. That is what Rand Paul basically stated. But because the words he chose to describe his stance were perhaps ill-chosen, he is vilified by the liberal left.