Much has been said by the progressive/collectivist at MSNBC about Rand Paul’s comments about property rights and the civil rights laws. Now the progressives at MSNBC would have you believe that there would be no equal rights without the laws creating a protected class and denying the property owners their rights. In typical fashion they engage in revisionist history. It was the southern democrats that passed the Jim Crow laws. Now if they believed in the Constitution and enforced it the Jim Crow laws would never been enacted because it goes against the equal protection clause of the 14 th amendment.
The amendment’s Equal Protection Clause requires states to provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdictions. This clause later became the basis for Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court decision which precipitated the dismantling of racial segregation in the United States.
It ignores the fact that it was a republican that freed the slaves, it was a conservative like Charlton Heston who marched with Martin Luther King long before the left coast loons jumped on the bandwagon. Reportedly when an Oklahoma movie theater premiering his movie El Cid was segregated, he joined a picket line outside in 1961. Heston makes no reference to this in his autobiography, but describes traveling to Oklahoma City to picket segregated restaurants, much to the chagrin of Allied Artists, the producers of El Cid. During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom held in Washington, D.C. in 1963, he accompanied Martin Luther King Jr. In later speeches, Heston said he helped the civil rights cause “long before Hollywood found it fashionable He also championed second amendment rights and was severely criticized by the left for it. It ignores the fact that it was progressives that engaged in discrimination in the military, It was their hero FDR that put Japanese in internment camps If the equal protection clause were enforced none of that would have happened. .It was outraged citizens that brought about civil rights not the progressives. All they had to do is enforce the Constitution and the equal protection clause and the people of good conscience would have trained their sights on businesses that engaged in discrimination. They would have boycotted those businesses and when the businesses felt the economic pinch they would changed their practice. Instead of simply enforcing the Constitution they created a protected class of citizens who had more rights not equal. They now have preferential treatment when it comes to government contracts as do Union members, is this equal protection? It has opened the floodgate to other legislation denying property owners their right to cater to a clientel of their choosing. The Nanny state abounds, if you open your doors to the public you no longer have any rights, they can dictate your menu, whether or not you can cater to smokers etc etc etc. If you are not part of the collective of their choosing you have less rights not equal. Of course it is not the first time that they used a crisis to circumvent the Constitution. They used the gang violence caused by their prohibition amendment to circumvent the second amendment and pass the first gun control laws. They used the tainted meat scare to pass the pure food and drug act and creating the FDA, they then granted the FDA prohibition powers an act that previously required a Constitutional amendment and thus we have the drug laws which also were racially motivated. They used the criminal activity caused by the drug laws to invade your privacy, you no longer have the ability to make a large anonymous donation to the charity of your choice, if you make a large cash withdrawal from your bank the bank is required to inform the government of your transaction. To add insult to injury they selectively enforce the regulations that they created. If you are part of the collective like the left coast they will not enforce the laws on the books. California refuses to enforce the drug laws and the Feds ignore it, but if you attempt to enforce the immigration laws like Arizona you are sued. They create so called rights, yet another act requiring a constitutional amendment like the health care bill, just watch they will use that so called bill to further tell you what you can eat, drink or smoke. The ACLU warns of this in the following video. Of course it was meant to warn against a national ID but the ACLU fails to fight against universal health care.
They have perverted freedom of religion to freedom from religion only to allow the morals of the “progressive religion” to be forced on us. The states can have lotteries, the Indians can have Casinos but the equal protection clause does not apply unless you are part of the collective. So yes Rand Paul is correct and the Progressives at MSNBC are again wrong!
Ayn Rand 1959
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