Skip to comments.Donít Let the Language Fool You: Hereís Why Conservatives Are against CRPD (shortened title)
Posted on 12/03/2012 1:01:43 PM PST by Lucky9teen
Who wouldnt support a treaty with the language in its title that says it is for Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Turns out many Republicans oppose the U.N.s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and their reasons are worth taking a look at again, even if the arguments are not necessarily new.
The Senate discussed the U.N.s CRPD, which was completed in 2006, last week. Republicans held to their objection for taking up an international treaty during a lame-duck session of Congress, but debate for it will be on the floor Tuesday.
As Betsy Woodruff for National Review put it, just because some voted against the treaty [doesn't] necessarily [mean they] hate disabled people. In fact, they might be seeking out their best interest. Republican Senators Continue Opposition Against U.N.s Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
As former senator and 2012 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination Rick Santorum wrote in a contributors post for TheBlaze earlier this year, on the surface the treaty might appear in the best interest of those with disabilities, but there are provisions that he wrote should concern all Americans. He continued to voice his concern over the treaty, calling into the Glenn Beck Radio Program Monday morning. On the show, he called some other senators reasoning for support of the treaty a big joke.
Some supporters have said that since the treaty was modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, it would require no changes in U.S. law. As Steve Benen on Rachel Maddows Blog interpreted it: we dont 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 laws.
Not so according to opponents like Santorum, who has a special-needs child himself. Many Republicans have voiced concern over provisions like that the U.S. would need to answer to a U.N. committee to show that it was in compliance. On Becks show Santorum noted that supporters have countered this concern saying they would ignore this part.
If we are going to ignore it, why pass it, Santorum said.
Here are more details concerning Republicans that Santorum wanted to bring to light in his July post:
If ratified, CRPD would become the law of the land under the U.S. Constitutions Supremacy Clause, and would trump state laws, and could be used as precedent by state and federal judges. Since it is a treaty, the Constitution requires that it must be ratified by two-thirds of the United States Senate.
There are two very troubling provisions in this treaty. The first spreads the identical standard for the control of children with disabilities as is contained in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that the Federal government, acting under U.N. directions, can determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them. The second, the education provision of CRPD does not support the parental rights rules of past U.N. human rights treaties. Omission of these rules would potentially eradicate parental rights for the education of children with disabilities.[...]
Whats so problematic here is that the provisions of this treaty could open the door for a professional or government official to override the decision that we as parents need to make for our special-needs children.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., argued that support for the treaty would take the the gold standard of the Americans with Disabilities Act to countries that have never heard of disability rights. He said that it would benefit disabled American veterans who want to travel or work abroad. Woodruff in National Review though reported Steven Groves of the Heritage Foundation calling this premise completely unsupportable.
The notion that it might improve travel conditions for Americans traveling abroad is a complete non sequitur, and it has nothing to do with the treaty at all, Groves said, according to Woodruff.
On Becks show, Santorum encouraged those citizens wanting to voice opposition to call their senators. A call by TheBlaze made to the Capitals switchboard revealed a busy signal Monday morning. Could this have been due to callers overwhelming line in calls to senators regarding the treaty?
The Senate will continue the debate Tuesday, Dec. 2. In September, 36 Republican senators opposed taking action on international treaties during the post-election session. Well have to see if it holds.
I’m not fooled.
ANYTHING the UN is for? Conservatives are against it.
Bottom line: we don’t need any more treaties, especially those that come from the UN.
Never agree to anything that gives the UN any authority in the U.S.
Oh, and they’re also trying to ram this through while they still have gullible republicans Snowe, Brown and Lugar. For on January 3rd, they’ll have Cruz, Flake and Fischer.
After the disaster that was the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act - I am against ALL “rights” for the Disabled.
Just called both my guys. They claim they are voting against it.
Too many big head bitter losers on the floor who have “Hitler In His Bunker” syndrome aka “If the people don't love me long time they deserve to die with me!”
The GOP should not vote for ANY DAMN THING that even HINTS at compromising our CONSTITITUTIONAL SOVERIENGHTY
Never Ever vote for anything, anytime, that interferes with our sovereignty.
Fudge the UN and the horse it rode in on.