Is Rand Paul auditioning for a job on one of the liberal news networks, such as MSNBC?
Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday blasted his own party for making it tougher for minorities to vote.
The Kentucky Republican, a likely presidential candidate, has long argued that drug laws disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons. He laid out those views in a speech at the Liberty PAC conference, a gathering tied to his father, libertarian icon Ron Paul.
“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”
He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.
Though Rand doesn’t say, in so many words, that voter I.D. laws are racist, I’m taking his words at face value. If that’s not what he meant then he should’ve chosen his words more carefully.
He said, and I quote, “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”
I take that as meaning…people have the “right to vote” and as he said, voter I.D. laws are “making it tougher for minorities to [exercise their right to] vote”. He should’ve just come out and said that voter I.D. laws are racist because whether or not he meant to, he insinuated exactly that.
His comment that minorities are finding it tough to vote because they don’t have voter identification is further proof that he doesn’t fully support voter I.D. laws. A quick Google search will prove as much, showing how he’s spoken out of both sides of his mouth on this issue.
The article ends with saying that Paul has said he doesn’t “think there’s anything inherently racist about [ID laws]. But I don’t think we want to make the vote more restrictive.”
Here’s a short clip from May 2014 when Rand Paul said “Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing. I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”
Since WHEN should we be more concerned about “offending people” than doing what’s right?!
The bottom line is that if you don’t have photo identification, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote – PERIOD!
-Matt Duncan aka MD