Matthews: A principled stand can be problematic

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By Chris Matthews

including from my colleague Rachel Maddow last night - that he supports the federal power to tell business owners that if they’re open for business they can’t discriminate against someone because of how they were born.

Now, just to be clear, candidate Paul never called for a repeal of the civil rights act, never did say categorically that he would have voted against it.

But when you read his words on the subject, it is clear he is torn between his deep philosophical belief in the rights of the individual and the ideal of a non-discriminatory America. He doesn’t like discrimination by private business owners but he treats it much like liberals don’t like some horrible things people say but defend their right to say it.

This is where it stands with Dr. Paul. It’s a tough place to be - trying to square your fundamental views with an electorate that may not share them. It’s one reason why people of pure philosophy and absolutist views stay out of electoral politics. It’s why people should be interested in politics long before they run for office - so they can settle these issues in their head and heart before they have to settle things in editorial boards and on TV shows.

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Matthews: A principled stand can be problematic

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