Senator Rand Paul wants you to know, m’am, that he enjoys the festive colors in your kente. And sir? Did you just get your dreadlocks did? Well, they look lovely. That’s right, Paul is courting new demographics, and that means the minority vote. He plans to do so by introducing a bill that will restore voting rights to the currently 5.85 million people disenfranchised due to prison time for minor drug offenses:
“In Kentucky, you lose your voting rights forever,” Paul said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have a friend whose brother grew marijuana plants 30 years ago in college, who has a felony conviction and still cannot vote. That’s wrong and unfair.”
And this is a noble and much-needed change. But let’s not forget that Rand is also the guy who said President Obama wasn’t black enough.
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