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Rand Paul: Obama is working with ‘anti-American globalists plot[ting] against our Constitution.’

The New York Times calls Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) one of the Republican Party's "rising stars." The Daily Beast says he's "a smoother, more pragmatic political operator" than his father, former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex.). All that seems true. So riddle me this: What's the upside for Paul to put his name on e-mails like this one, which landed in my inbox this morning?

It's one thing for no-name pols to work on the fringes. But Paul, at this point, has a lot to lose. Yet here he is, suggesting the current president of the United States is working with "anti-American globalists plot[ting] against our Constitution." And for what?

Here's the whole e-mail. It's on behalf of the National Association on Gun Rights, and it leads you to this Paul-centric splash page.

Dear fellow Patriot,
Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.
You see, only hours after re-election, Barack Obama immediately made a move for gun control...
On November 7th, his administration gleefully voted at the UN for a renewed effort to pass the "Small Arms Treaty."
But after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut -- and anti-gun hysteria in the national media reaching a fever pitch -- there’s no doubt President Obama and his anti-gun pals believe the timing has never been better to ram through the U.N.’s global gun control crown jewel.
I don't know about you, but watching anti-American globalists plot against our Constitution makes me sick.
This Spring, the United Nations went back into session to finalize their radical so-called “Small Arms Treaty.”
With the treaty finalized, a full U.S. Senate ratification showdown could come any time President Obama chooses and there will be very little time to fight back.
If we’re to succeed, we must fight back now.
That's why I’m helping lead the fight to defeat the UN "Small Arms Treaty" in the United States Senate.
And it's why I need your help today.
Will you join me by taking a public stand against the UN "Small Arms Treaty" and sign the Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey right away?
Ultimately, UN bureaucrats will stop at nothing to registerban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU.
So far, the gun-grabbers have successfully kept many of their schemes under wraps.
But looking at previous attempts by the UN to pass global gun control, you and I can get a good idea of what’s likely in the works.
You can bet the UN is working to FORCE the U.S. to implement every single one of these anti-gun policies:***  Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;
***  CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL "unauthorized" civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course);
***  BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons;
***  Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you this is NOT a fight we can afford to lose.
Ever since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees.
To the petty dictators and one-world socialists who control the UN, the United States of America isn’t a "shining city on a hill" -- it’s an affront to their grand designs for the globe.
These anti-gun globalists know that as long as Americans remain free to make our own decisions without being bossed around by big government bureaucrats, they’ll NEVER be able to seize the worldwide power they crave.
And the UN’s apologists also know the most effective way to finally strip you and me of ALL our freedoms would be to DESTROY our gun rights.
That’s why I was so excited to see the National Association for Gun Rights leading the fight to stop the UN "Small Arms Treaty!"
Will you join them by going on record AGAINST global gun control and sign the Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey today?
The truth is there’s no time to waste.
You and I have to be prepared for this fight to move FAST.
The fact is the last thing the gun-grabbers at the UN and in Washington, D.C. want is for you and me to have time to mobilize gun owners to defeat this radical agenda.
They’ve made that mistake before, and we’ve made them pay, defeating EVERY attempt to ram the UN Small Arms Treaty into law since the mid-1990s.
But now time may not be on our side.
And worse... the UN Small Arms Treaty is no longer the only UN scheme threatening our gun rights.
More and more of the UN's radical agenda is slipping through covertly, under the cover of domestic legislation.
Not long ago, Obama told Sarah Brady from the anti-gun Brady Campaign, "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control].  We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."
In fact, Hillary Clinton’s State Department recently bragged that Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious are implementations of the UN's anti-gun agenda!
And I'd place a wager that Obama's M1 Rifle Re-importation Ban was also the UN's agenda dutifully executed by his administration.
Anti-gun UN policy that NEVER received a single vote in the United States Congress!
The UN met recently to pass a final version of the "Small Arms Treaty" to be sent for ratification by the Senate.
So if you and I are going to defeat them, we have to turn the heat up on Washington now before it’s too late!
1.  Do you believe the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment are the supreme law of the land?
2.  Do you believe any attempt by the United Nations to subvert or supersede your Constitutional rights must be opposed?
If you said "Yes!" to these questions, please sign the survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.
But I hope you'll do more than just sign your survey today.
With your help, the National Association for Gun Rights will continue to turn up the heat on targeted Senators who are working to implement the UN "Small Arms Treaty."
Direct mail.  Phones.  E-mail.  Blogs.  Guest editorials.  Press conferences.  Hard-hitting internet, newspaper, radio and even TV ads if funding permits.  The whole nine yards.
Of course, a program of this scale is only possible if the National Association for Gun Rights can raise the money.
But that’s not easy, and we may not have much time.
In fact, if gun owners are going to defeat the UN's schemes, pro-gun Americans like you and me have to get involved NOW!
So please put yourself on record AGAINST the UN Gun Ban by signing NAGR’s Firearms Sovereignty Survey.
And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, it will make a difference.
Thank you in advance for your time and money devoted to defending our Second Amendment rights.
For Freedom,
Rand Paul
United States Senator
P.S. Only hours after re-election Barack Obama immediately made a move for gun control...
On November 7th, his administration gleefully voted at the UN for a renewed effort to pass the "Small Arms Treaty."
What’s worse, the UN met in March to pass the final version of the treaty that will be sent to the Senate for ratification.
If we’re going to defeat the UN "Small Arms Treaty," gun owners have to turn the heat up now before it’s too late!
Please return your Firearms Sovereignty Survey and put yourself squarely on the record AGAINST the UN "Small Arms Treaty."
And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, it will make a difference.

By the way: This treaty, at least as described here, is total fantasy. The hoax-busters at will catch you up, and just for good measure, PolitiFact gave similar claims the old pants-on-fire. This is black helicopter stuff from Paul.