By Wesley Messamore
May 21, 2010
Watching Rachel Maddow attack Rand Paul with a typical, predictable, closed-minded, and intentionally dense line of questioning: "Should restaurant owners be allowed to discriminate against racial minorities? Yes or no, please," I have a question of my own for her.
Rachel, should black restaurant owners be forced to serve white nationalists? Hmm? Say David Duke walked into a black restaurant and wanted to be served. Does the black restaurant owner have a right to say, "Mmm... no thanks, we'd rather not serve you"? Or does David Duke have a right to be served by the black restaurant owner? Yes or no, please.
It's interesting -- to be consistent, Maddow would practically have to say that Duke has a right to the black restaurant owner's labor, which is dangerously close to advocating something akin to slavery. Yes or no, Maddow?
Let's use another example: if Fred Phelps (that's the God Hates Fags guy) walked into a gay bar and demanded to be served a drink, would Maddow support the right of the restaurant owner or bartender to refuse to serve him? Yes or no, please.
"Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne...
Oh no! It's a...long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting." -- Albert Camus
"Today's problems cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them." -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
"Justice, like liberty and coercion, is a concept which, for the sake of clarity, ought to be confined to the deliberate treatment of men by other men." -- Fredrich August von Hayek (1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974