“There was a time in our country when we would just say, ‘Oh, people are guilty.’ One of them was when we judged the guilt of African Americans by lynching,” Paul said. “People say, ‘Oh, that’s a dramatic comparison.’ Well that’s why we have steps and processes you go through to make sure you don’t have adjudication of guilt without a trial, without a lawyer, without a judge involved.”
Before I go any further, let’s look at what a lynching is. A lynching is typically an act carried out by a group of people to kill an individual (or group of people) by hanging, shooting, stabbing or burning. The cliche’ is a group of townsfolk with pitchforks and torches marching through town.
Now granted, there’s absolutely no “due process” involved in the actions of a lynch mob, but to compare government surveillance of phone records (which the Patriot Act allows for) to the act of erratic and spontaneous (often horrific) murder is simply pathetic. And then to tie it in with African Americans in some sort of insidious attempt to appeal to minorities is even more pathetic.
Let’s not forget that this is the same man who, back in April, said he would support the government’s use of a drone to kill a hypothetical liquor store robber as he exited the store—without due process.
In fact, his exact words were:
“I have never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an act of crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
So, the act of the NSA tracking phone records is comparable to a group of people hunting down and hanging another individual, but Paul feels it’s acceptable for a drone (or police officer) to kill an individual, without due process, suspected of robbing a liquor store—because of $50.
By making this terrible comparison, he’s basically implying that all crimes are equal.
According to Paul, if someone were illegally wiretapping your phone, those actions are just as invasive to your Fourth Amendment rights as someone storming into your home and murdering a family member.
It was a sad, and disgusting, attempt to manipulate the naive emotions of those who would rather be told what to feel rather than those who choose to use common sense.
While the NSA tracking phone records of Americans (and PRISM) are topics that stir a lot of controversy, and need to be discussed, to compare that act to that of lynching African Americans just proves how small-minded Rand Paul truly is.
After all, isn’t Paul a Republican? You know, the architects of the Patriot Act—the bill which gave the NSA the ability to do the acts which he pretends to be so “appalled” by.
He could always have ran for political office as a Libertarian, but he wanted to win elections—so he sold out and became a Republican. Now after using their influence, money and power to get elected, he wants to speak out against something that his own party built and still overwhelmingly supports.
And again, by his very own words, he supported the hypothetical situation of killing a robbery suspect (without due process) who might have stolen a whopping $50.
To call Rand Paul’s comparison pathetic is an understatement. With these disgusting comments he has proven, once again, how out of touch he is with reality.
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