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Monday Rand Paul Self-Smackdown: Rand Paul Explains Why He Would Have Voted Against the Civil Rights Act: Live from the Roasterie CCCXV: August 25, 2014

Your freedom, you see, to exclude people of a race you do not like from a public accommodation--a hotel, a restaurant, a bus service, a retail store--is more freedom than their freedom to spend their money to participate in our societal division of labor just like most people. In fact, their claim that that is a freedom is false--it is not really a freedom at all...

Rand Paul:

The hard part--and this is the hard part about believing in freedom--is that if you believe in the first amendment, for example, you have to, for example, most believers in the first amendment will believe in abhorrent groups standing up and saying awful things. We're here at the bastion of newspaperdom. I'm sure you believe in the first amendment. You understand that people can say bad things. It's the same way with other behaviors. In a free society we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior, but if we are civilized people we publicly criticize that and don't belong to those groups or don't associate with those people...