Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK 2011

Today I'm motivated to express reason #735 why I dislike Ron Paul's sociopolitical positions. [I'm not even gonna touch on Rand Paul and his stated opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.]

Ron Paul says he's not racist cuz he just wants a "level playing field" for all. Disingenuous at best. I'm old enough, and I know he's old enough, to remember segregated water fountains, etc. He says a collectivist mindset and the government are at the heart of racism and the government is ill-suited to combat bigotry.

I call "bullshit." This is just another example of his John Birch position that socialism is responsible for everything evil in the world and anarchocapitalism would bring us Utopia, like in Somalia. Racism, antipathy to the other, has been with us at least since we've been Homo sapiens sapiens, and probably longer. Blaming it on a "collectivist mindset" is idiotic.

Laws have never been intended to effect a change in peoples' hearts; they're meant to effect changes in behavior, whether it's a law against stealing others' property or a law against refusing to serve people because of their skin color. Therefore, laws are required to combat (acts of) racism. Governments pass laws. Therefore, the government is the PERFECT way to combat racism. QED.