Scott Adams
Scott Adams campaign leader

Political freedom does not have age limit
What makes the United States a harbinger of freedom that has beckoned millions of immigrants and continues to summon millions more? It is our system of government, which is fundamentally based on our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. Which is why I am deeply concerned about an international treaty called the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. If this treaty is ratified, all children younger than 18 would not be allowed to participate in political activities. It is, therefore, an abridgement to their First Amendment right!

This fact was illustrated recently in a speech made during World Children's Day and Child Rights Week 2009 by Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, in which she said, "Children would be aware of politics but should not be used in political activities." Bangladesh is a country that has already embraced this seemingly harmless treaty, which when looked at more closely, actually supersedes the political freedom of anyone 18 and younger. Whether that's attending a political rally or a city council meeting, American children's right to political free speech would be stymied if this treaty is passed. The only way to prevent this from happening is by passing the Parental Rights amendment to our Constitution. This amendment already has 120 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives! I would like to encourage all of you to investigate this issue for yourselves and find out more about the Parental Rights amendment because political freedom does not have an age limit!

Deidra McCall,
communication studies department,
Colorado State University
FILED UNDER - Opinion Letters at www.coloradoan.com/article/20091012/OPINION03/910120306/1014/OPINION/Political+freedom+does+not+have+age+limit

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