“I’m against legislating morality. I mean, I’m for having crimes and having laws against things that are violent crimes, but things that are non-violent shouldn’t be against the law.”
Kentucky Senate Candidate Rand Paul, newly famous for lacking any sort of verbal filter, isn't just far, far outside the mainstream on things like the Civil Rights Act, energy policy and worker safety. Apparently, as reported this week by Page One Kentucky, he's also at odds with hundreds of years of established law in the United States and around the world.
Since he believes that "things that aren't violent shouldn't be against the law," let's review a couple of things that Rand Paul presumably thinks should have been perfectly legal in the United States:
- Any sort of environmental crime, all the way from illegally polluting air, water or soil down to common littering. That means famoues crimes like Massey Energy's 12,000 individual violations of the Clean Air Act, massive air and soil contamination by the company that ran the Rocky Flats nuclear facility in Colorado, and the Puerto Rico Sewer Authority's failure to adequately treat sewage and protect drinking water would all be perfectly legal in Rand Paul's world.
- Lots of stuff that oil giant BP has done. Never mind the newly-opened federal investigation into malfeasance by the company in conjunction with the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill; the company already pleaded guilty to federal charges of negligence in 2007 for causing a massive oil spill on the North Slope in Alaska.
- Corruption by or of public officials, including Tom DeLay's indictment for conspiracy to violate election laws or anything Jack Abramoff ever did.
- White-collar crime, which means that Bernie Madoff would still be a free (and rich) man in Rand Paul's utopian world.
Where's a lot of competition, but we think this might just be the most absurd thing we've seen Rand Paul say. Either he really believes it (scary), or he just sort of says stuff (also scary). Watch the video again and decide for yourself whether you think Mr. Paul was kidding.