Monday, April 21, 2014

Senator Paul and the CRPD

We need Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky as a player as we move to ratification of the CRPD. I know what you're thinking. I have gone over the edge. Not quite. I watched his speech to the Berkley Forum (March 20, 2014) on privacy. It's long, about 49 minutes. You can see it on YouTube. He strongly, unequivocally, and clearly supports the Constitution, individual rights, and the rule of law. If you look at his legislative record, he has sponsored and cosponsored a great deal of legislation designed to put limits on government abuses of power.

He spoke to the Berkley Forum on the National Security Agency's unlimited access to the digital records, telephone call, and computer files of every American. His ally in this crusade, of bringing the government to account on its unfettered access to personal information, is Ron Wyden, a very liberal Democrat Senator.

So here's where I am going with these facts. As Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, works with others to draft a resolution on the CRPD, why not ask Senator Paul about text dealing with -- parents rights, U.S. sovereignty, and access to reproductive health care? Senator Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Since Senator Paul supports the idea that the right words in legislation can place limits on government, why not get his advice on the wording on a resolution on the CRPD? Surely, he will know what words will keep the UN from our door step. If we used Senator Paul as our taste tester, we could avoid heart burn at a committee mark up on a resolution. And, perhaps we could ask Senator Wyden to ask Senator Paul to help us. They are partners on privacy issues, remember. Senator Paul just might help us given his political ambitions.

Look, I know this is thinking WAY OUT OF THE BOX. But, at this point we need to explore all kind of ideas. The CRPD is all about freedom, individual rights, privacy, equal opportunity, choices, and empowerment. Senator Rand identifies with these principles. He is a rising Republican star. He has credibility with his party. If he were to say particular wording would work to resolve a concern about how the CRPD would work under U.S. law, opponents of the CRPD would listen.

Thank you.
Common Grounder

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