Senator Rand Paul is under fire for “shushing” a female reporter during a contentious interview but if feminists really want to go crazy they should read his earlier college writings.
Rand Paul Shushes Female CNBC Anchor During Interview (VIDEO)http://t.co/KytBvPPaNB
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) February 2, 2015
But if feminists are upset about Rand Paul’s manhandling of CNBC’s Kelly Evans they should read his mocking of the Equal Rights Amendment and liberal notion of equality.
Here’s Randal Paul writing in the campus newspaper on October 6, 1983.
Here’s a transcript:
…my anger stems from the total disregard of the individual [when dealing with proponents of the Equal Rights Amendment]. To them, some contrived concept of “equality” means, “Hey, let’s reshape society to make things ‘fair.'” In fact, Dr. Battistoni laments that the ERA would not require equality of wages regardless of sex. Equality? Since when have any two people ever been equal?
I can hear Dr. Battistoni’s ringing reply: “We just want equal pay for equal work.” That’s great, Dr. Battistoni; now what is equal work? Have you some magical equation to determine equality in work? The answer most of necessity be a resounding “no!” Equality is a thing of the mind, originated, conceived and promulgated on a subjective basis.
As early as 1860, Dostoevski, the great Russian novelist, was warning of future Battistonians who would come preaching mathematical certainty and social planning. As sure as two and two is four, these planners would tell you they have ascertained what equality is, and they will cram it down your throats with absoluteness of iron-clad law.
And yet, all must agree that bigoted discrimination is detrimental to the peaceful interaction of different sexes and races in the marketplace.
Should we enact laws that say “Thou shall not be prejudiced in business transactions,” and then hope that the courts interpret such laws in a rational manner? Or should moral questions such as discrimination remain with the individual? Should we preach in order to bring about change, or should we compel?
And if you doubt the power of persuasion through voluntary cooperation, look around. Women inhabit virtually every sphere of our economic lives without the ERA. Change comes slowly, but it does come.