The Freedom of the Oppress

Well, Rand Paul apparently has a problem saying on television the same sort of thing he’ll have published in a newspaper. In 2002, he wrote a letter to the Bowling Green Daily News to criticize the paper for endorsing the Fair Housing Act. From the letter:

“A recent Daily News editorial supported the Federal Fair Housing Act. At first glance, who could object to preventing discrimination in housing? Most citizens would agree that it is wrong to deny taxpayer-financed, “public” housing to anyone based on the color of their skin or the number of children in the household.

But the Daily News ignores, as does the Fair Housing Act, the distinction between private and public property. Should it be prohibited for public, taxpayer-financed institutions such as schools to reject someone based on an individual’s beliefs or attributes? Most certainly. Should it be prohibited for private entities such as a church, bed and breakfast or retirement neighborhood that doesn’t want noisy children? Absolutely not.

Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered. As a consequence, some associations will discriminate.

-SNIP-

A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination – even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin.”

Well, finally someone who laments the loss of all of 50’s culture, not just the Andy Griffith, Leave It To Beaver stuff. He might not be right, but at least he’s consistent.

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