Should the Senate Have Rejected the UN Treaty on Disability Rights?

Before you read any further, I want you to know that I have a number of physical disabilities which makes getting around difficult at times.  However, I am adamantly opposed to the US ratification of the UN treaty on disability rights.

The US Senate narrowly missed the votes needed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  In order to ratify any international treaty, the Senate needs a two-thirds vote of all senators in attendance at the time of the vote.  In this case, they had 99 senators present, which means they would have needed 66 votes to ratify the treaty.  The vote was 61-38.

Most of the senators that voted for the UN treaty did so because they believe that people with disabilities should have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.  A couple of senators who have disabilities, including Bob Dole who was wounded in WII and John McCain who was wounded in Vietnam, voted for the ratification.

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Among the opposition to the ratification of the UN treaty was Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).  In explaining why he voted against the measure, Inhofe said:

“I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society.”

In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act and then President George H. W. Bush signed it into law.  In 2008, it was amended and those changes took effect on Jan. 1, 2009, before Barack Obama was sworn in to office.  The ADA of 1990 protects people with disabilities from being discriminated against and also set standards for their access to public places.

According to most of the reports I read, the UN treaty was based largely on the US ADA.  Therefore, there is no reason for the US to submit to UN oversight in this matter since we already have laws that protect the disabled.  This is the argument used by some of the senators that voted against ratification.

The more UN treaties we ratify, the more US sovereignty we lose to the United Nations.  We have already lost too much to them and instead of giving the UN any more power over the US, we need to UN-ratify all other UN treaties that we’ve agreed to and then kick their one-world socialist butts out of the US.  We don’t need the UN or its anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-free market policies telling us what to do.

If Congress wants to cut spending, they can start with the billions of dollars we waste on the UN.  Not only would it save us tons and tons of money, but it would save the lives of thousands of our service men and women who get killed or wounded fighting in other countries battles on distant lands.  That just made me think of a new slogan.

“Keep US Military Home, Send UN Overseas”

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