How to throw Rosa Parks off the bus, by John Stossel and Rand Paul

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

STOSSEL: because private businesses ought to get to discriminate.


(I)t should be their right to be racist.

“I want my country back”

Back to when? 1963? or 1910? or 1810?

When Rosa Parks was thrown off of a bus for refusing to sit in the back in accordance with discriminatory Jim Crow laws it helped begin the Civil Rights movement.

It was racist then, and it would still be racist now.

Except, of course, if you are a libertarian or a Republican.

   In the last 24 hours, both Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul and Fox News Corp employee John Stossel have made the case that it is OKAY to throw Rosa Parks off the bus if it is owned by a private business.

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What these people on the right are saying is that even if racism is wrong, private racism is okay by free market standards.


   The Pro Racism, free market Libertarians have spoken.

This all started when Rachel Maddow (who deserves a cape and a superwoman outfit) demolished GOP Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul for saying that he’d have marched with Martin Luther King Jr., but he opposes the law that forced businesses to serve him.

   This, of course, caused Paul’s fellow free market Libertarian and Fox News Corporation employee John Stossel to mount his white horse and don his white sheets in defense of a private businesses RIGHT to be able to discrimate against people, and, if necessary, throw Rosa Parks off of the bus.

Stossel calls for repeal of public accommodations section of Civil Rights Act

“Private businesses ought to get to discriminate”

STOSSEL: Totally. I’m in total agreement with Rand Paul.


KELLY: But that’s not what Rand Paul said. Rand Paul agreed that if it’s run by the government, yes intervention is fine.  He took issue with the public accommodations, with private businesses being forced to pony up under the discrimination laws.

STOSSEL: And I would go further than he was willing to go, as he just issued the statement, and say it’s time now to repeal that part of the law

KELLY: What?

STOSSEL: because private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t won’t ever go to a place that’s racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I’ll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.

You can read the full transcript of Stossel’s words at, but I have picked apart the choice pieces for those who really want to thrash Stossel’s pro “business can discriminate against you” views.

   Basically, what Stossel is saying is that it is wrong if a bus operated by the Government threw Rosa Parks off for not giving her seat in the front up to a white person when they demanded it, that would be wrong, but if that bus was operated by a private business they should have every right to throw Rosa Parks off for not sitting in the back with the rest of the Non-Whites. And if that doesn’t make sense the mythical “invisible hand” will fix it, or something, just like it “Fixed” Wall St, Oil spills and every other Big Business created problem that might damage America if that sort of ever thing could be proven to happen.

Yes, WTF is putting it lightly.

   In more modern terms, Stossel and Rand Paul are saying that if the PGA wants to ban Tiger Woods for being non white it is their business, and how dare anybody interfere with someone else’s private property?

   At the same time, these libertarians are saying “Sure, interfering with the civil rights of people who do not own property or people who are not white is fine”


Megyn Kelly of Fox News, the unlikely voice of reason on this issue, presses Stossel further on this question of “Is private discrimination right or wrong?” As always, the free market is the answer when no other answer can justify discrimination.

STOSSEL: Because eventually they would have lost business. The free market competition would have cleaned the clocks of the people who didn’t serve most customers.

KELLY: How do you know that, John?

STOSSEL: I don’t know that for sure.

Dear John Stossel, when you are trying to justify a Republican Senate candidates private turned public discriminatory views, and you have painted yourself into a corner of stupid while twisting logic into a pretzel, and the best you can do is answer the question “How do you know that” with “I don’t know that for sure.” That is the exact moment when you should STFU, you MORON!

    You see, what Libertarian, fringe right, free market extremists are arguing is the same logic Eric Cartman uses when he sings that “There are too many minorities at my waterpark” and someone should do “something”

Someone should “Do something” like allow Cartman’s waterpark to ban minorities, or even repeal Title II of the Civil Rights Act, just as John Stossel says we should.

When Eric Cartman sings “This was our land, our dream, and they are taking it all away” that sounds a lot like the “We want our country back!” that was cried by at teabaggers at Town Halls and the same “We’ve come to take our country back” that was spoke by Rand Paul at his primary victory rally and Sarah Palin, his most recognizable backer.

    It is the year 2010, not 1910, not 1810. WTF? The Civil rights Act passed in 1964. It is the law. WE ARE NEVER GOING BACK! Rosa Park stays on the fucking bus, and no mental gymnastics that pro business, pro racism, pro free market extremists try to pull is EVER, EVER going to be tolerated. I have news for you, dear free market fetishizing, pro racism Right wing fringers, you are NEVER getting your country back, we are going forward, America is going forward, with or without you.

Pretend that Rand Paul shouted “YOU LIE!” at President Obama, and let him have it!

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Because the same logic that would give a free market thumbs up to throwing Rosa Parks off a privately operated bus would also ban President Obama from attending private law school if that school wanted to discriminate based on race.

Seriously, libertarian, free market, fringe right people, WTF?????

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Crossposted at The Progressive


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  1. Dear free market Libertarian/Republicans, we are NEVER going to let Rosa Parks get thrown off the bus again, you CAN NOT have your discriminatory, John Birch Society 1950’s era country back, and if you don’t like it, go Galt already and STFU!

    I’ve heard that that libertarian paradise Somalia is lovely (by their standards) this time of year, if you don’t like America in 2010, you should try it.

  2. and economic libertarian logic private business ownership of slaves would be OK.  


    • TMC on May 21, 2010 at 01:51

    the civil war in parts of the South

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