As the Tea Party continued their attempt to purge the votes of African-Americans in Mississippi yesterday without even the slightest hint of shame, we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. And speaking of people without shame, Sen. Rand Paul released this statement to mark the day:
“Tomorrow, July 2nd, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is simply unimaginable to think what modern America would be like if not for the brave men and women who stood up for the rights of all Americans. This legislation changed the future of our nation by enforcing the belief that all men and women are created equal. We must continue to build an America that our children-of every race, creed and color-deserve,” Sen. Paul said.
If you’re wondering why someone who spoke out publicly and repeatedly against the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s Liberty-killing restrictions on racist private business owners is now giving this statist and collectivist travesty of tyranny a big bear hug, that’s because we’re living in the Randasyland of Paul for President 2016 — a sci-fi thriller where the next occupant of The White House can alter the time and space continuum to erase previous comments and positions he has taken in other rooms before the present day.
Here’s how it works: First, Rand Paul gives lengthy interviews where he questions Title II of the Civil Rights Act and says he would have challenged it. Secondly — when running for president and trying to portray himself as friendly to persons of color — Paul is asked about those statements by a Howard University student and blatantly lies to his face, accusing the questioner of “mischaracterizing” what Paul said:
Step Three, as we saw yesterday, is simply continuing to praise the Civil Rights Act and pretend like his 2010 comments never happened. If asked about it, go back to step two, and accuse such questioners of being meany gotcha liars.
I’m assuming that Rand doesn’t want any advice from me, but here’s an alternative strategy that he might want to try out. Perhaps instead of having to lie for the next two years as he runs for president and has to answer more questions on this topic, he simply comes forward and tells people why he changed his mind and now loves the Civil Rights Act. What soul searching did he go through in this ideological transformation? Voters love that kind of stuff. After Rand finishes that, he can go back and find that Howard student that he lied to and offer him a sincere apology, or perhaps apologize to anyone in the room that day that he lied to. Voters love contrition. But what voters don’t love are liars — people who will look into your eyes and lie to you, even when there is a wealth of documented evidence available to show that you are lying.
Or maybe Rand could tell us that he still opposes the Civil Rights Act, but now has to say that he supports it because there’s no chance in hell anyone could be president who believes that. Oh, I doubt that’s happening…
Or, Rand can just continue to tell the current audience he’s in front of one thing, even though he says the complete opposite thing to other audiences. That worked great for Tricky Dick in 1968, but unfortunately for Rand Paul, the technology of media is a different beast these days. Everyone knows what a presidential candidate says in every room they walk into. Attempting this political feat in the 21st century is not just Tricky, it has to be damned near impossible.