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What ‘Brave Or Crazy’ Rand Paul Didn’t Say About Lincoln At Howard University

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What ‘Brave Or Crazy’ Rand Paul Didn’t Say About Lincoln At Howard University


In the wake of his speech at Howard University, Rand Paul (R-KY) is justifiably getting a lot of heat for his denial that he ever questioned or opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

He clearly questioned it and has been reluctant to support it.

He’s also getting grief for trying to teach black history to black people — especially a crowd of students who are required to study African-American history.

But people are just mostly smirking at how the junior senator from Kentucky took pains to point out that his party was the party of Lincoln. This has become the go-to move for conservatives, as if people are unaware of the fact and it will lead the 90 percent of African-Americans who voted for the party of Barack Obama to suddenly switch sides.

“How did the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race?” Paul asked the crowd, rhetorically.

His answer wasn’t particularly satisfying, and it also neglected that much of his party’s problem when it comes to race can summed up by many conservatives’ persistent antipathy toward Abraham Lincoln.

It’s true that Rand has never gone as far as his father Ron, who called the Civil War a “senseless” bloodbath that was the result of Lincoln’s desire to “enhance and get rid of the original intent of the republic.”


  1. Lynda Groom April 11, 2013

    Can someone tell me why this gentleman gets so much press?

    1. idamag April 11, 2013

      It is not because he is a hunk. I couldn’t believe he won the election after his staff beat up a female reporter outside his headquarters and he did not chastise them.

    2. John Corvo April 11, 2013

      Because news people are always -ALWAYS !!- attracted to disaster scenes.

  2. Randall M April 11, 2013

    I’m thinking the fact that he couldn’t cite anything positive about the Republican Party’s policy on race relations since just after the Industrial Revolution may have been a turnoff to the Howard University audience.

  3. John Corvo April 11, 2013

    Paul and other conservatives like to cite Republicans initial anti-slavery efforts, but are dismayed when reminded of how Nixon developed a “Southern Strategy” in order to use racism as a political wedge. They also ignore how all those “evil” Democrats went over to the Republican after Nixon and the rest of the GOP instituted this strategy. Willful ignorance.

  4. Madelaine Ayers Henne April 12, 2013

    They haven’t been “The Party of Lincoln” since Lincoln!!

  5. WhutHeSaid April 12, 2013

    How anyone can look at this nut and not burst into uncontrollable laughter is beyond me. It’s little wonder that he would be the hero of the vile and despicable Tea Party, who hate everything and everyone — it’s probably the closest many of them have come to a smile in the last 50 years.

  6. Pamby50 April 12, 2013

    I saw John Stewart last night. Rand Paul can’t understand why black people aren’t republicans anymore. He was a prime example. I don’t know what you know. We are talking about Howard University. The most prestigious African-American college in the US. These are not stupid people and he talked down to them. Mr. Paul, until your party can change on how to treat all people, te republican party should just wither and die.

  7. howa4x April 13, 2013

    Well let’s see, the republican party has most of the deep south as it’s base, and they are still not over the fact that the north won. This is how they now can repudiate Lincoln and not be run out of town, and unbelievably as it might sound, have a following.


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