I don’t know if Paul is a birfer and am assuming that he’s not. But he certainly seems to be a teabagger and the people he seems likely to appeal to are largely birfer/teabaggers.
He says he’s not personally racist, and I’ll grant him that as well. But he supports the rights of businesses providng pubic services — and benefiting from government services such as roads, sewers, police, fire, health departments, business districts, etc — should have the right to discriminate against people on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation and, it would seem logical to presume, gender and any other reason.
That is in line with hard core libertarianism that says it’s okay for me to sell you poison baby food because after your baby and X number of other babies dies, people will not buy my product and I will go out of business. The market will have spoken.
Thankfully, a large majority of Americans don’t share this (Ayn) Randian point of view. As I have been predicting, these are just a few more of the opening skirmishes in what will be a bloody and damaging civil war among the rightwing Republicans.
Demint, Cantor and Cornyn have delayed with ‘no comments’ today but they can’t dodge the question much longer.
With immigration on the national mind, things are only going to get more difficult and uncomfortable for the Republican leadership. One only has to look at the comment threads in general readership sites, and especially at rightwing sites such as redstate, to see that a large chunk of the rightwing Republican base agrees with Paul and doesn’t like the way the leadership is going ‘squishy’ on the issue.
In addition to the immigration debate, whatever form it takes and in whatever venues, there is also the birfer/teabagger demand for ‘full repeal’ of the hcr bill. Additionally, we now see candidates pulling back on their pledge to the birfer/teabaggers to repeal the 17th amendment.
That’s the one that allows for popular election of senators rather than election by state legislatures. Somehow, the birfer/teabaggers are convinced that this amendment was a mortal blow to the liberty of individual citizens and want to repeal it.
Again, as with most birfer/teabagger policy positions, this one is not supported by a majority of Americans who will be voting in 2010, 2012 and every two years thereafter.