Yesterday The U.S. Senate was an embarrassment to America, and the world took notice. The Senate failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations treaty to protect the rights of the disabled, people with disabilities, many of whom are veterans. The Senate failed thanks to a highly-effective campaign by the Tea Party that was a lie wrapped up in fear and hate.
The treaty does not promote abortion.
The treaty does not threaten parental rights.
The treaty does not interfere with the homeschooling of children.
The treaty does not interfere with American sovereignty.
The treaty does not overrule U.S. law or force us to change our laws.
The treaty does not allow the U.S. to be sued.
All these lies were used, some promoted by people like Rick Santorum, Sen. Mike Lee, Michelle Malkin, Sen. John Kyl.
Others claimed the Senate should not take action in a lame duck session, even though the Senate has ratified treaties in lame duck sessions 19 times before.
A lying Rick Santorum wrote:
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights. This treaty, if ratified, would effectively put us under international law when it comes to parenting our special needs children. While CRPD may, on the surface, appear to protect those with disabilities, it actually gives the government the power, with direction from the U.N., to decide what is best for our children.
“The question is, who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social workers? “There is no need for the CRPD, as our nation’s state and federal laws already protect our precious loved ones with disabilities. It is outrageous that U.S. senators would support a treaty that surrenders U.S. sovereignty and family integrity to unelected UN bureaucrats.”
-J. Michael Smith, President of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association
“Americans should be the ones making laws for America. If improvements are needed to the laws, that already are the leading examples of providing freedom and justice for persons with disabilities, this will open the door for infringing upon our sovereignty by subjecting the United States to foreign, anti-American biases.”
-Penny Young Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee
“With the admittedly hurried passage of the Affordable Care Act and other similar pieces of legislation we have seen that there are those in Congress who have little problem with passing laws only to find out what’s in them later. But I was not elected to pass as many pieces of legislation as possible. I was elected to pass legislation that directly benefits my constituents in Utah and the people of the United States while protecting their freedoms and unalienable rights as citizens.”
-Sen. Mike Lee, (R-Utah)
“It is not something which the United States needs to sign on to, but there is a great emotional case being made that we need to do this. I think it’s a great opportunity to talk about trans-national law, and how there is an insidious and dedicated movement to attack U.S. sovereignty.”
-Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.)
So, here’s the list of 38 Republican U.S. Senators (no Democrat voted against ratification) who looked at their former leader, Senator Bob Dole, now retired, 89-years old, and in a wheelchair, and voted against the disabled.
If there is a Hell, these 38 just earned some frequent flyer miles toward a long-term stay there.
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