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GOP Opposition Defeats Treaty Protecting Rights of Disabled

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Treaty modeled after Americans for Disabilities Act fails to get two-thirds majority in Senate vote. The 61-38 vote failed to reach a two-thirds majority needed to ratify The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:06 pm

To the wackier elements of the Republican coalition, anything bearing the label of the United Nations is part of a nefarious plot to undermine American sovereignty and sap us of our precious bodily fluids.

Still, how does 61 votes for and only 38 against win anything? In the normal world a vote of 51 out of 100 takes the vote. What math do these people use?

JL A (281)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:53 pm
Treaties such as this require 2/3rds vote...the strangest argument against I heard was that it would interfere with parental rights while they home school their children...huh? Even so, the tiny number of parents with differently-abled children protected under ADA who are home--schooling would somehow have problems when the same requirements of them are made on the international level? Or is the elephant in the room a plan to eliminate the ADA so they don't want the requirements in a second place harder to attack?

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:58 pm
Oops, as TomCat says, often times like thinking minds fall in the same ditch. Good post.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:17 pm

It's an article that caused me to write to my Senators who of course voted "no". I don't really care that this is from the UN or the moon, we need to step and take some responsibility here. Make them explain this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:49 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:02 pm
Thanks kit I didn't know about this

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 11:58 pm
How many Republicans does it take to make the United States look like a self-centered, cold-hearted country that cares about no one but the self-sufficient citizens within its own borders? In this case, 38. Too bad they're too full of themselves to feel any shame. Sadly enough, they're insensitive actions have caused many of us to feel very ashamed. I hope the disabled, here and around the world, are aware of the fact that those 38 self-serving fools don't represent the majority of our citizens.

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:43 am
As much as I dislike my Republican Congresswoman, she did respond to my letter to her on this with an explanation I actually appreciate. The arguement is that they do not want any international laws that would supercede our own US constitution. Had I thought that possibility through I would not have signed the petition. Given that, I won't be signing any petitions for international treaties that could further diminish our rights as American citizens.

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:50 am
It would be better to persue similar legislation within our own laws, ensuring that that those of us that are disabled here in the USA are protected, while protecting our rights as well.

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:53 am
It would be better to pursue similar legislation within our own laws, ensuring that those of us that are disabled here in the USA are protected, while protecting our rights as Americans as well. (Sorry, the unedited version got posted)

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:11 am
While I feel sorry for the disabled. Judy, I don't agree with Kevin either.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:22 am

Please explain how recognizing International Law would in any way deter from (faulty and poorly written) United States laws. This is not about US vs International law, this is about contrary attitudes.

lee e (114)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:24 am
I find no argument worth its weight in voting against the UN on derisive grounds without regard of compassion! Get a life! Sometimes the rest of the world has some answers that our g-d senators don't -- talk about the compassionate republican! such an animal doesn't exist!

. (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:27 am
Kit, although I'm not a Republican I am always suspicious of the UN which is an attempt to bring about a one world government. The UN was founded by the people behind the CFR and given tax free land by the Rockefellers. They haven't paid their bill in so long it's not funny. UN law should not supercede the Constitution. On the other hand the GOP extremists should take a chill pill and meet Princess Valium. It's hard enough being disabled without being treated as less of a human being and then being denied any rights as a human. How about stepping up and introducing American legislation that will address the issue? It should be about the issues and it's time most of these politicians started growing up and acting like it.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:38 am

John, and Lee and I do agree. Senators make these worthless excuses to prevent a broader recognition of those who are disabled:
Lee told Senators on Tuesday that the treaty "threatens the right of parents to raise their children with the constant looming threat of state interference."

"We all want to support the best interest of the the child, every child," Lee said in a speech on the Senate floor. "But I and many of my constituents, including those who home school their children or send their children to private or religious schools, have justifiable doubts that a foreign U.N. body, a committee operating out of Geneva, Switzerland should decide what is in the best interest of the child at home with his or her parents in Utah or in any other state in our great union."

Writing for World Net Daily on Monday, Santorum said the treaty had "darker and more troubling implications" and suggested that it would have meant the forced abortion his daughter because she has a rare genetic disorder.

“In the case of our 4-year-old daughter, Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a condition that the medical literature says is ‘incompatible with life,’ would her ‘best interest’ be that she be allowed to die?” he asked. “Some would undoubtedly say so.”

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly also warned in November that proponents were "using this treaty as an opportunity to promote their abortion agenda."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who suffered disabilities while fighting in Vietnam, insisted that that the treaty would have no effect on abortion laws in the United States.

"With respect to abortion, this is a disabilities treaty and has nothing to do with abortion," McCain told his Republican colleagues in a Monday speech on the Senate floor. “Trying to turn this into an abortion debate is bad politics and just wrong.”

President George W. Bush's administration completed negotiations of the treaty in 2006 and it was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009. It had been supported by veterans groups, the disabilities community and the business community.

A Yale University Study released earlier this year found that the majority of homeless veterans suffered from PTSD or other mood disorders.

It's rather evident that those voted against this also voted against Americans with disabilities and while voting in favor of an agenda that was not addressed with the text of this document. This was vote that should be a signal to Americans, party and promises come before Americans.


Arielle S (313)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:39 am
Shouldn't compassion and understanding be pretty much universal goals? How sad that they have to be spelled out and legalized in order to be considered legit.... if the world can't agree on something so simple, what hope do we have for the difficult stuff?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:45 am

Oh Arielle, it's from the United Nations, therefore MUST be viewed with suspicion and must pose grave dangers to the United States. What if we actually had to meet the terms of this and actually recognize our own soldiers with disabilities or so many of our own fellow Americans.

Dorothy N (63)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:06 am
... Deborah J. Vagins, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, was disappointed in the vote, saying, "This treaty articulates principles and goals that no one should oppose – those of inclusion, recognition and respect for human dignity and individual autonomy, accessibility, and the equal enjoyment of rights and fundamental freedoms." ...

These are exactly the sort of things the Republicans hate and oppose...

Suzanne R., luckily, a lot of people around the world know enough to single out Republicans for merited laughing-stock and disgust issues, and not to blame sane, intelligent, informed Americans for the Republican's
egocentric lunacy, but of course, that also depends on people knowing enough about the issues in your country to make the distinction.

I do hope that it will be made clear in the international media, if not the US's local corporate-owned media, exactly what greedy self-interests are responsible for such things as the US Congress and certain State governor decisions and behaviours...

Robert B (60)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:35 am
To those of you who for some reason did not read the article, please read and understand this from the article: "But watchdog group Media Matters for America reports that in the lead-up to the vote, "conservative media revived the debunked myth that the treaty threatens U.S. sovereignty." PLEASE PAY ATTENTION: "...DEBUNKED MYTH that the treaty threatens U.S. sovereignty." We have MANY international treaties, yet for some STUPID and IRRESPONSIBLE reason the Republicans choose to fight the disabled. That to me is DESPICABLE! These politicians need to be fired at the next election. The voting public needs to get a clue!!!!!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:48 am

Once again, this does address a segment of our population that is considered a minority --- guess that says it all. Five votes was needed for the the United States to speak action for support of humane and honest treatment of all people in all countries with any form of disability to have fair, honest and equal treatment. Five votes - of those who always find a way to hide behind some pretense of excuses.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:05 am
I think I have Repukelican flu. That is the only explanation for why this makes me sick. Thanks for the post Kit.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:54 am
I hope the people in whose State they live remember this vote. This should of been a no brainer. This was a slap in the face to a frail Bob Dole in the wheelchair, the first President Bush, and a host of others both Republican and Democrat who worked on this issue.

We, the USA, who have asked the world to raise it's standards to ours, we, who would not of had spent one penny to have said yes to this, have failed a great many.

The USA who use to raise the standards high for others to emulate, who were, as VP Hubert H. Humphrey had once said, "that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

Those who voted no to this lack in both morality and sanity. I've never seen such a heartless lot in all my life. They will throw children, Elders, and the disabled under the bus for their own pig headed stupidity. That two men, both with purple hearts, one wheelchair bound and the other standing pleading how correct and compassionate it was, and still these Heartless Ones voted it down. Disgusting and shameful, and as an American leaves a bitter taste in my mouth!

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:54 pm
I find it interesting to note that a country which insisted on having a permanent seat on the UN Security Council could also be the country so concerned about the UN usurping their sovereignty.

And to quote Dandelion: "We, the USA, who have asked the world to raise it's standards to ours, we, who would not of had spent one penny to have said yes to this, have failed a great many.

The USA who use to raise the standards high for others to emulate, who were, as VP Hubert H. Humphrey had once said, "that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." "

In my mind, with the actions of the Republican/Teabaggers in the US Senate, the US has shown itself unworthy of its own claim to be the "leader of the free world", for leadership must include ALL people, not just the ones deemed deserving.

If this is what it means to ask the world to raise it's standards to those of the US, then surely the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Remember Rome . . .


Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:19 pm
Well, it sounds like the Usual RepubliCON excuse - they WON'T recognize the UN or it's laws & treaties because it would be like accepting that New World Order they hate Foreigners theatening to make their Law Making skills look stupid (Democrats could do that very well, thank you!;)..and if the UN did Everything then our CONgre$$ would be redundant..LOL! Oh, bull, you know it's because Bu$h the Le$$er & Darth Cheney are wanted fugitives from the foreign tribunal!:)

Dianna M (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:52 pm
From the New York Times: "Senators from both parties went to greet Mr. Dole, leaning in to hear his wispy reply, as he sat in support of the treaty, which would require that people with disabilities have the same general rights as those without disabilities. Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader.

Then, after Mr. Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, rolled him off the floor, Republicans quietly voted down the treaty that the ailing Mr. Dole, recently released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so longed to see passed."

As the old saying goes, "With friends like those . . . "

faith v (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
Kevin A and your congresswoman:

There was internal resistance to international authority taking priority over the third reich rulings as well.

That is a valid argument for you? Way to go, with your like-mindeds.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:19 pm
Just so everyone will know who the idiots are that didn't vote for this. Here is the list. Pay attention next time they would like to be re-elected. It didn't at all surprise me to see Florida's Rubio on there. Pay attention to this one, he is being groomed for a future run at the White House.
Alexander (R-TN)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
And one who I hope was sick or perhaps a coward as they didn't vote at all.
Kirk (R-IL)

Patrice M (84)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:48 pm
I suspect that Sanitarium and Lee were grasping at anything they could. Imagine how their corporate overlords would be put out if they had to install walkways and grab bars all over the world - even in the places they outsource and abuse factory workers. And what would this law mean for those factories? I smell the Koch brothers on this one.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:23 pm
Disgusting....and Sanitarium with a disabled daughter! at least they are destroying their brand beyond repair. Vile, craven lot of them...they are downright unAmerican.

Mike M (40)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:04 pm
The GOP is attacking anything and everything they can to destroy America and help their masters overthrow the America government.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:49 pm
Noted. This was just a travesty....and with Bob Dole sitting right there. Thanks for the list, Dandelion. Of course my Sen...Kyl, voted with them. He's leaving soon for a new mega-bucks job and doesn't care...not that he ever did. I've sent him many mailings over the years, and he hasn't responded once. Empty suit.

Michael M (5)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:24 pm
Republican pigs really hate disabled people.

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:07 pm
Some very good comments above...

Disgusting behavior on the part of the g o p pukes / teabaggers in voting this issue down! They, republican lawmakers, on Tuesday blocked a treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination.


This show of voting against people with disabilities treaty is a new low for the g o p pukes / teabaggers.


Ty, Kit.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:19 pm
This is SO shameful of the Repugs!!!

Cam V (417)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:45 pm
Is this the one from the UN? I think it was. DUH - the SENATE IS CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS so they voted it down? Interesting. Why are you blaming the Tea Party? Nothing to do with us at all if the Democrats voted it down.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:02 pm

Wrong again Cam, the 61 votes are mostly democrats. Those voting nay are republicans. No reason to drag your tea bags into this water. The vote was missing 5 positive votes for disabled people of the world to see that we all stand united to support them. Try reading the article.

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:08 pm
Bob Dole is an American hero and the current
crop of Republican Senators are pathetic idiot

As a veteran, I am sooo frickin embarrassed for
this Senate........

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:11 pm
We, America, with Republican votes, set the standard
for disabled care with the ADA and now these bastards
pull this pure political .................... I have to stop now
or I might, rightly have to be sent to a time out............


Sheryl G (363)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:43 am
It always amazes me how some will support anything, just because they think it is backed by one Party or the other. I am more than willing to toot the horn for either Party that does something that is in the best interest of the people, while at the same time I've been critical of both Parties and individuals within Parties that I feel are off the mark.

I'm so tired of people blindly following "Party" rather than individuals within the Party or how the Party in general is doing. The Republican Party has been hyjacked by extremists, and extremists no matter what they are for is not a way to run the Government or anything else for that matter. The Republicans of the past, the true Republicans are having a difficult time with their own Party due to the extremist that have worked their way into places of power. Is the same slippery slope other Countries found themselves in at various times in the past, which has led to civil war and other horrible things happening to it's citizens.

Lynn said it perfectly, it was uncaring individuals who voted nay that put their ideology over people. In the past we had millions who suffer genocide both on this land and in other Countries based on their ideology. People need to stop and understand each bill, each piece of policy, each act being voted upon, and not just throw their weight on it simply because it is one Party or the other. Think people, we need to think here.

And Cam why you are so hyped up on American Tea Bag ideology is beyond me, you don't live here so you will not suffer the consequences now will you if their ideology spreads and we get more and more of these sorrowful votes. Beware, this could cross to your Country, and let us see how much you enjoy dealing with it. This isn't Republican vs Democrats, this is about heartless individuals who would of gone off and followed the ideological hell bound Hitler if he said so. This is about blind people who "see" only one thing, their own unique style of vision on life and want to cram it down others throats whether they want it or not, even if it means allowing women to die, children to starve, or to allow the disabled to languish in other Countries. They don't care if it doesn't fit into their sick little tunnel vision mind.

Gene J (290)
Friday December 7, 2012, 8:27 am
Just continues to demonstrate how completely inane the republican party has become. This attacks American sovereignty, gawd. Our laws are already stronger than this. When, oh when, will these moronic fools cease and desist? They're as easily misled and offended as any group of crazies in the middle east. And about as bright.

Lynn S (235)
Friday December 7, 2012, 11:54 am
What I have since learned is that this treaty isn't even binding! So what the hell have Republican/Teabaggers got their knickers in a twist for?

There is NO SOVEREIGNTY issue here. There is only Republican/Teabagger obstruction and a total lack of human compassion here. If ever there was an example of PROFITS before PEOPLE, this is it!

And to help others understand Cam, he worships at the altar of the Rt Honourable PM Twit, aka Stephen Harper our Baby Bush wannabe, and his horde of harlots.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday December 7, 2012, 1:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lynn because you have done so within the last week.

Dianna M (16)
Friday December 7, 2012, 1:50 pm
I see from Dandelion's list that Mike Johanns of Nebraska voted against it. Gee, what a surprise. Didn't see that one coming a mile away, did we. Can't wait to read his BS excuse.

Patrice M (84)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:50 am
I think the way Santorum misused his little daughter by bringing her to the vote was shameful. It was as if he was saying "Hey! Don't get all up in there about this. Look I've got one of my own so I'm not that bad, am I."

He is that bad - and worse.

Cam, do you even know what is going on here? Do you know that it was 38 republicans who voted against fair treatment for the disabled? Those 38 monsters of entitlement killed the measure. Where have you been? I mean it seriously. If all you watch is Fox talking points, you are woefully bereft of the truth.

We won't let anyone forget those 38 who showed a complete lack of respect and regard for the disabled.

But I suspect the larger issue here is nothing so dumb as the UN. I suspect that if the US signed a UN bill into law respecting the rights of the disabled all over the world, the Koch brothers would have to clean up their overseas sweat shops and start treating their workers fairly. Those Apple factories would have to be investigated. The world might get an explanation of why so many workers commit suicide there.

First it would be fair treatment for the disabled, then it would be fair treatment for all. Not good for American sweat shops overseas. Not at all.

Mr. Rick "Oh I am So Religious" Santorum, who accepted millions in donations from a Vegas casino owner, knows where his money comes from. And given a choice of being moral and not getting the money or immoral and getting wads of Koch dollars, Santorum chose the latter. Well, he is a republican, isn't he? That's what they do, isn't it? Even the disabled haven't got a chance with these sociopaths.


Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:45 pm
You got it Angelica, and places like McDonalds and other Corporate chains would be required to build access ramps to enter their buildings. The Corporations don't want to spend one more dime than required. If you don't require them, they are not going to do the correct or moral things.

All 38 and the lame excuses as to why they wouldn't vote on this was explained to them. Their unfounded fear that the UN would go into their homes and taking their homeschooled children out and other such crap, is exactly that crap. There was not a thing that they spoke that had any Truth to it. The truth is always hidden from the world why they vote they way they do, they will not tell that it is to protect the Koch Brothers, or other Corporate Plutocrats. As you said, they will even go as low as using their own children in this deception.
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