George STEPHANOPOULOS (sounds like a disease, doesn’t it?) asks Rand Paul”
You [Rand Paul] wrote in your local paper, that the Fair Housing act doesn't recognize the distinction between private and public property. "Should discrimination be prohibited for public, taxpayer-financed institutions such as schools to reject someone based on an individual's beliefs or attributes? Most certainly. Should it be prohibited for private entities, such as a church, a bed and breakfast, a retirement neighborhood that doesn't want noisy children? Absolutely not." And you went on to write that a "free society will abide unofficial private discrimination, even when that means allows hate-filled group, to exclude people on the based color of their skin." So, if you feel someone doesn't want to sell their house to someone, based on the color of their skin, that's okay?
Should individuals be able to decide to whom they will sell, rent, or associate? It almost seems silly that this kind of question should come up. If you can’t choose to whom you will sell something, then you do not own that something. And in this we see a severe problem in our culture: we do not understand or respect ownership.
If I do not want you – for whatever weird reason I might dream up – to come into my store, then we all need to respect that. It is an unavoidable corollary of ownership. If the store is truly mine, then that decision must be mine.
Of course, such weird decisions will come with their own punishments. If I don’t allow you in my store, I am missing a potential sale, and thus a potential profit. Enough of this sort of weirdness will put me out of business.
Is it not odd how this trampling on ownership in our society only seems to work in one direction? Why do we so freely allow people to choose from whom they will buy, and then try to dictate to people to whom they will sell? (I fear mentioning this, as someone idiot in government might decide to make things more consistent in this matter!)
Rand Paul is correct: a free society will (to be free, it must!) abide private ‘discrimination’ when it comes to both buying and selling, based upon the preferences of owners. Otherwise, we are a society of slaves to the state.
P.S. – It is a blessing from God to have someone running for national office who is willing to say this in public!