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Angry Ron Paul Accuses Lawrence O’Donnell of Breaking Pre-Show Agreement

In what is unarguably the most explosive interview in the infancy of The Last Word, Republican Rep. Ron Paul had a logisitical on-air disagreement with host Lawrence O’Donnell that, while not the centerpiece of the discussion on the Tea Party, certainly colored the rest of the debate an ugly shade of contentious and uncomfortable that recalled his son Rand’s debate with Rachel Maddow.

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Comment by Ken Valentine
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 As I understand it, what the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did was to replace forced segregation with forced integration. Both of which are a use of force, and neither of which enhanced anybody's freedom.

Comment by Don Duncan
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The specifics of how some parts of the civil rights law are good and some bad are interesting because they point out how gov mixes up principles to destroy rights while pretending to defend them. No one wants a law which makes it illegal to think racist thoughts. Why not, if racism is bad?  Because our thoughts belong to us, not the gov. We own them, just as we own ourselves. We also own our actions and by extension, the product of our actions, e.g., our property. If we choose to be racist in our thoughts and with our property, we are exercising our rights. If a person refuses to enter a business because of prejudice, that is his right as much as the business owner's right to refuse entry. That principle works both ways. No one would want a law requiring people to patronize a business but they do want a law requiring a business to serve a patron. It makes no sense.

Comment by Don Wills
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Everyone seems to have missed the big picture concerning "The Last Word". The only motive that O'Donnell and his staff had for the segment was to smear Rand Paul. The producers told Ron that no other candidates would be discussed, O'Donnell pretended to not know of such an agreement and so he started in trying to make Rand look bad by using a clip of Rand's opponent attacking him. When Ron called foul on O'Donnell, he switched to plan B which was to blind-side Ron with a one sentence quote of what Ron said on the House floor six years ago which was about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The point was to refresh viewers' minds about the comments Rand made about the CRA of 1964 on the Rachel Maddow Show just after he won the nomination. So basically, O'Donnell brought Ron Paul on for the sole purpose of discrediting Ron's son. That's really low, but very typical of MSNBC.

Comment by Hal Hume
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Ron Paul did not demonstrate any 'anger' at all!  Why the headline?  Paul was very articulate and mild in all of his response, even though it was stating, in part,  misconduct on the media's part.

Comment by Tommie Taylor
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I think that Rep. Paul stood up for himself, speaking plainly, but not with anger.

 I'm Afro American and I support Congressman Paul because I understand the need for sound money and living within America's means.  I want to find a way to create a new industrial base.  I know America needs sound money in order to do that.  All Americans need sound money.

I was 14 when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed.  Certainly my community needed it.  But as Rep. Paul says, another way to attack segregation would have been to repeal all the Jim Crow laws not only in the South, but throughout the United States.  I also believe Talking Head O'Donnell tried to give all the credit to the liberal, mostly white, Congress as being the ones to bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  That legislation began with peaceful street demonstrations, boycotts, and other acts of civil disobedience long before 1964 and it was led by Black men and some Black women and followed by poor and working class Blacks who needed social justice.  Google Fanny Lou Hamer for a powerful story of civil disobedience.  It put pressure on Congress because now the whole world was watching the country who purported that it believed in "liberty and justice for all."  That's why Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted Amos 5:24, "Let justice surge like water and goodness like an unfailing stream."  Although he used a different translation.  That verse is a very powerful statement by God for social justice for all his human beings.

I'm going to read the 1964 Civil Rights Act because now my curiosity has been piqued.




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