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Breaking: Radical Conservatives Win — People With Disabilities Lose Senate Vote

by David Badash on December 4, 2012

in International,News,Politics

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been defeated in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the work of Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum, and other ignorant conservatives like Michelle Malkin. The Senate just voted to defeat the U.S. signing of the treaty, 61 to 38. Just six more votes were needed to pass the bill that would have allowed the President to sign the treaty, which works to protect people around the world with disabilities, ensuring them the same civil rights Americans with disabilities currently are afforded.

READ: Glenn Beck And Rick Santorum: ‘Fascistic’ UN Disabilities Treaty Is From ‘Nazi Days’

Conservatives falsely claimed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would interfere with U.S. sovereignty and would “promote abortion,” a ludicrous claim on its face.

UPDATE from Maddow at bottom.

Some responses from Twitter tell the story:


U.S. Senate Bows To Ideologues On Disabilities Treaty

Senate fails to ratify UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Storified by David Badash · Tue, Dec 04 2012 09:48:27

Today #CRPD will come up for vote. There’s still time to stop it. Call senators at 202-224-3121 & sign petition http://ptrtvoic.es/S6fr7ERick Santorum
MT @ProLifeStuff: BREAKING: U.S Senate Defeats CRPD Treaty That Would Promote Abortion http://bit.ly/XmGgaeMichelle Malkin
Malkin of course is wrong — the UN treaty does not promote abortion.
Former Senate majority leader Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, is now, at 89calling GOP senators to urge them to back ratification.of #CRPDLen Marciano
Seen on C-SPAN2: Former Senators Bob Dole & Elizabeth Dole on Senate floor for #CRPD vote (right side of screen). http://twitpic.com/bj2fiuCSPAN
Today is Int’l Day of People w/ Disabilities. Show your support, call on US Senators to vote YES to #CRPD http://bit.ly/SBs7mgHuman Rights Watch
National Sovereignty protected with a failed 61-38 vote on #CRPD treaty! Thank you @RickSantorum for all your hard work on this issue.CWA LAC
All 38 no votes on #CRPD were Republican Senators. 8 Rs voted in favor.Senate D Floor Watch
Senate Republicans not even shamed by Bob Dole on the floor. Sad day for #crpd and America.USICD
I just voted against the UN CRPD.Senator Pat Toomey
RT @StevenErtelt: BREAKING: U.S Senate Defeats CRPD Treaty That Would Promote Abortion http://bit.ly/XmGgae @tperkins @ricksantorum #tcotJohn Brock
Need anymore evidence that @Senate_GOPs are off the rails? They just killed a treaty to help people with disabilities #CRPDZack Simon
Sens. @FrankLautenberg and @AmyKlobuchar joined #ADL in support of the #CRPD and honoring Sen. Dole for his workADL
#CRPD did not pass! We don’t need the #UN to "supersede" the Constitutional protections for disabled in America; expand #abortion provision.Josh Craddock

Update Via Maddow Blog:

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, for those who’ve forgotten, is a human rights treaty negotiated by the George H.W. Bush administration, which has been ratified by 126 nations, including China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

But most Senate Republicans saw it as a threat to American “sovereignty,” even though the treaty wouldn’t have required the United States to change its laws. When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the treaty with bipartisan support in July, Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) explained the proposal simply “raises the [international] standard to our level without requiring us to go further.”

In other words, we wouldn’t actually have to do anything except say we like the treaty — and then wait for other signatories around the world to catch up to the United States’ Americans with Disabilities Act.

The treaty was endorsed by Dole, John McCain, and Dick Lugar, among other prominent Republican figures, but it didn’t matter. The GOP’s right-wing base, led in part by Rick Santorum, raised hysterical fears about the treaty, and most Senate Republicans took their cues from the party’s activists, not the party’s elder statesmen.

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{ 5 comments }

keithff December 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

what does one expect from the USA, a bunch of wimps when it comes to human rights for all. I dont think any of these people know what human rights are because firstly you have to be human to be able to have human rights and non humans cannot have human rights

politigus December 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

David Badash, this article's author, unfortunately refers to "ignorant conservatives" which would "[ensure disabled people around the world] the same civil rights Americans with disabilities currently are afforded."

As a treaty signed by the President of the United States becomes law in the United States only, with no bearing in the outside world, Mr. Badash's argument that ignorant conservatives have somehow hurt the world's disabled peoples has no supporting premise. Thus, the argument fails. And, as the basis of the article itself, the article is of no efficacy.

Perhaps the sole purpose the article now serves is to reveal the author's predisposed bias and unacknowledged ignorance to which we are all now witnesses.

Rsyk December 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

The problem with most of the treaties proposed by the U.N. is that they're immensely difficult for the layperson to research, given that information on the specifics is rarely made available. The U.N.'s own website rarely offers specific wording, which is incredibly important in all litigation. Stack that with politicians habit of wording things vaguely for their own ends, and you've got a bill that could absolutely be intrusive to the idea of national sovereignty on multiple grounds.
There's no reason to pass something through on ideological terms alone, especially when the actual effects have not been properly explained. The attempt to do something good is no excuse for doing it badly.

faceshaker December 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I happen to be disabled and you know what? I'd like to knee-cap Rick Santorum with a Louisville Slugger. On national television.

Diogenes_Arktos December 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

We've had the Republicans scream about Obama's not taking charge in the world – especially from moral high ground. Yet here we have a treaty modeled on our own legislation, signed by a Republican president (Bush I) – and the Republicans vote against it. So much for our country showing the courage of its commitments.

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