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Sen. DeMint taps brakes on UN treaty as home-school opposition grows
The Hill ^ | 07/19/12 | Julian Pecquet

Posted on 07/21/2012 9:23:04 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is delaying Senate consideration of the United Nations treaty on people with disabilities amid growing opposition from home-schooling advocates.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was scheduled to take up the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities on Thursday, with the goal of getting it passed in time for the 22nd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. Instead, Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced that he will hold the markup next Thursday, July 26.

A spokesman for DeMint said several Republicans on the committee joined him in asking for the delay.

"Part of this treaty deals with abortion and the rights of children, issues that should be addressed by states, local governments and American parents, not international bureaucrats," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton told The Hill in an email. "Sen. DeMint strongly opposes this treaty, as the United States is already the world leader in addressing the needs of the disabled and it’s foolish to think Americans need to sign away our sovereignty to exert our influence around the world."

The treaty has broad bipartisan support, with many senators — including Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) — arguing that it would merely extend the protections of the ADA to people with disabilities around the world, including Americans living abroad.

But some home-schooling advocates are worried about “international bureaucrats” telling them how to raise their children. In a 2007 study, 6 percent of parents of the nation's 1.5 million home-schooled students cited health or special needs as the reason for educating at home.

“Is this something that really needs to go through the UN,” said an aide to one Republican lawmaker opposed to the treaty, “or can it be done through a bilateral treaty?”

The aide said the treaty popped up on the congressional radar very quickly about one month ago, and DeMint and others want to slow it down in order to give opponents a chance to have their voices heard. The Home School Legal Defense Association is one of the groups leading the charge against the treaty on Capitol Hill, with the help of former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“The [U.N. treaty] would usurp the rights and powers of parents here in the United States to do what is best for their special-needs child by placing the law of the U.N. above the rights of the parents,” Rick and Karen Santorum said in a statement. “It is the job of our elected representatives to preserve these rights, not hand them off to unaccountable international bureaucrats."

The home-schooling group is urging its members to send a message to senators telling them to oppose a treaty that “surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected U.N. bureaucrats and will threaten parental control over children with disabilities.”

“If the Senate ratifies this treaty,'” the message says, “it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law. Please take the time to examine this treaty carefully.”

Some conservative Republicans remain unconvinced.

A spokeswoman for Barrasso tells The Hill that his support for the treaty remains the same as when he spoke in support at a Senate hearing last week.

“The convention offers the United States a forum to utilize our wealth of knowledge and practical experiences to influence other nations in recognizing the rights for people with disabilities,” Barrasso said as he entered a letter of support from President George H.W. Bush — who signed the ADA into law — into the Congressional Record. “It can help in advancing policies so Americans with disabilities can receive the same protections while working, studying and traveling abroad, including, very importantly, our veterans.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: demint; disabilities; homeschool; un
The haughty John sKerry and other New World Order types can't get enough of international law--they regard UN treaties (Law of the Sea, etc.) higher than our own constitution, which they regard as antiquated and an obstacle to their social engineering.

I hope DeMint can beat this back.

1 posted on 07/21/2012 9:23:23 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn
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To: SharpRightTurn

Is Jim Demint the only Senator drawing a paycheck?

It seems like him in Senate and Issa in House are the only ones on the stick.

And the WH is going overdrive trying to defeat and unseat them.


2 posted on 07/21/2012 9:29:37 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: SharpRightTurn

What business is it of ours whether or not other countries have the equivalent of the ADA?


3 posted on 07/21/2012 9:54:06 AM PDT by quietly desperate (nm)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Keep my beautiful special needs grandson out of the clutches of people who will judge his quality of life by their own evil standards. Maybe I’m paranoid and it’s merely another scheme to drain our treasury.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 9:55:31 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: SharpRightTurn

The U.N. needs to be closed and all its “treaties” need to be unwound.


5 posted on 07/21/2012 10:00:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Is our country so screwed up that we have to sign every treaty that comes our way? Are we REALLY unable to have our own ADA laws without their help?

And this crap about helping Americans overseas is BS, if the treaty is ratified by Germany, for example, it applies to GERMANY, not just Germans, and if the one or two wheelie-Americans overseas happens to be there, it applies to them also.

Nice work DeMint, no big hurry. Perhaps we wait until the 23rd anniversary of the ADA to bring it up?


6 posted on 07/21/2012 10:12:44 AM PDT by BobL
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To: shalom aleichem

“Is Jim Demint the only Senator drawing a paycheck?”

Oh, they all DRAW one...

On that subject, a comedian went through town, and he was new to this state. He went to the eastern part and he was amazed at how many people were artists there. Whenever he asked them what they did, most of them said, “I draw”.


7 posted on 07/21/2012 10:39:57 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ntnychik

The New World Order wants our children’s souls and their innocence. Does anyone not believe that is what they ultimately want?


8 posted on 07/21/2012 10:45:30 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: ntnychik

The New World Order wants our children’s souls and their innocence. Does anyone not believe that is what they ultimately want?


9 posted on 07/21/2012 10:45:30 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SharpRightTurn

There should be a law that requires any UN treaty be passed by more than 2/3 of the Senate and House before it can pass. Does anyone know what the current requirements are?


10 posted on 07/21/2012 10:49:03 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Romney should declare he won't sign any UN treaties until members like Iran, Cuba and Venezuela get serious about the human rights outlined in the UN charter.
11 posted on 07/21/2012 11:56:43 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: cradle of freedom

There should be NO UN.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 11:59:41 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: SharpRightTurn

I think the US senate should do two things.

First of all, in exchange for killing these internationalist abominations, they should again assert their right to approve *all* treaties.

In recent years, various presidents have tried to create “treaties called something else”, that are “sub-treaties” or “agreements”, that can bind the United States, but without the approval of the senate. This has to stop.

If necessary, the senate should sue the president, to be heard before the SCOTUS, with the idea that they would declare all such agreements null and void, unless approved by the senate.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 12:31:26 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: shalom aleichem

“Is Jim Demint the only Senator drawing a paycheck? It seems like him in Senate and Issa in House are the only ones on the stick.”

I agree. Very few seem to be willing to step forward and fight the leftists.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 1:22:07 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: This Just In
I am in total agreement, it was from the beginning a method to diminish the power of the United States.
15 posted on 07/21/2012 1:22:44 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: quietly desperate

“What business is it of ours whether or not other countries have the equivalent of the ADA?”

Not only that, but it is a joke to talk about an international ADA treaty when most of the UN members are corrupt, third world dictatorships that don’t follow the laws they have now.


16 posted on 07/21/2012 1:24:43 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Our Jim term limited himself so unless Mitt picks him for VP the next time you will see him is in the 2016 GOP primaries running for Prez if Romney lives up to our expectations and screws up.
17 posted on 07/21/2012 1:29:32 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Obamacare like all Marxist fails, outlaws redress before creating it's demand.")
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To: ntnychik

“Keep my beautiful special needs grandson out of the clutches of people who will judge his quality of life by their own evil standards. Maybe I’m paranoid and it’s merely another scheme to drain our treasury.”

It really is disgusting that any senator would renounce the sovereignty of the U.S.; I don’t know the details of this treaty, but I know the UN and that is enough. I’m against it. If DeMint is right, and I trust him like I trust few others in the District of Corruption, and it could affect homeschoolers in the U.S., or kids like your grandson, no Senator should support it, even the Dim/socialists. That Republicans like McCain and Barasso are on board tells us how unreliable that party is also.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 1:29:41 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: BenLurkin

“The U.N. needs to be closed and all its “treaties” need to be unwound.”

Exactly. We should not be part of this world welfare body and should not be headquartering it. My default position is, if it is a proposal from the United Nuisance, it’s garbage and should be avoided at all costs.


19 posted on 07/21/2012 1:35:43 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: BobL

“Is our country so screwed up that we have to sign every treaty that comes our way? Are we REALLY unable to have our own ADA laws without their help?”

It seems all of our elites are in favor of being governed by a one world organization. Ruth Vader Ginsburg tells other countries not to adopt a constitution like ours. Snarlin Specter liked to look to foreign law for guidance. And the pseudo president (and G. W. Bush was not much better in this regard) and a bunch of our senators appear only too ready to bite off on an internationl law of the sea treaty and now this international ADA turkey.

I’m against any worldwide treaties of this sort. We got along well in the early years of the republic with bilateral treaties between the U.S. and one other nation, as the need presented itself. These traitors today want to push us to a world government.


20 posted on 07/21/2012 1:43:08 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cradle of freedom

“There should be a law that requires any UN treaty be passed by more than 2/3 of the Senate and House before it can pass. Does anyone know what the current requirements are?”

Presently, 2/3rds of the Senate and presidential approval.

Since I don’t trust 90% of the overlords in D.C., I would also support a higher approval requirement.


21 posted on 07/21/2012 2:02:01 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: The Great RJ

“Romney should declare he won’t sign any UN treaties until members like Iran, Cuba and Venezuela get serious about the human rights outlined in the UN charter.”

That would be a welcome move and would have a lot of popular support. It’s time we stopped wasting our time pretending serious matters can be generated by the United Nuisance.


22 posted on 07/21/2012 2:04:48 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“I think the US senate should do two things. First of all, in exchange for killing these internationalist abominations, they should again assert their right to approve *all* treaties. In recent years, various presidents have tried to create “treaties called something else”, that are “sub-treaties” or “agreements”, that can bind the United States, but without the approval of the senate. This has to stop. If necessary, the senate should sue the president, to be heard before the SCOTUS, with the idea that they would declare all such agreements null and void, unless approved by the senate.”

Excellent points. I will never forget G. W. Bush going to Africa and “pledging” billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fight their AIDs problem, like the money was coming out of his own pocket.

I’m for withdrawing from the UN and stopping all foreign welfare. And I would support the Senate putting a stop to the unilateral presidential action you mentioned.

That will never be done with the Dims in control of the Senate, of course, and is unlikely with someone like McConnell in charge. It would take someone like DeMint, Mike Lee, or Rand Paul to bring that to a head.


23 posted on 07/21/2012 2:11:03 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Happy Rain

“Our Jim term limited himself so unless Mitt picks him for VP the next time you will see him is in the 2016 GOP primaries running for Prez if Romney lives up to our expectations and screws up.”

Nothing would make me happier than have DeMint in the Oval Office, restoring dignity to that office and constitutional governance. From your lips to God’s ears.


24 posted on 07/21/2012 2:15:52 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Rebuild Haiti!

Move UN the headquarters there...

Hold foreclosure sale on homes of all diplomats and workers...

Add names of all UN personnel (including U.S. citizens) to terrorist watch list...

25 posted on 07/21/2012 3:16:24 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: SharpRightTurn

This is one of the few times when it would be essential for a POTUS to lead, that being, to *limit* the powers of his office that had been usurped by his predecessors. He would have to start, and would require the cooperation of the congress to make it happen. Among other things:

1) To block the future use of the Presidential Signing Statement, which usurps both legislative and judicial powers.

2) No more appointment of “Czars” not approved by the senate but with cabinet level powers and appropriations available to them.

3) To prevent the future use of Presidential Proclamations to seize state lands, and to return the bulk of such lands already taken.

4) The restoration of a strong War Powers Act and the Posse Comitatus Act. Establishment of strict and narrow criteria under what circumstances a national state of emergency can be declared, and what powers the president can assume without congressional approval during such an emergency, and for how long.

5) The reduction of executive branch police powers to just federal police agencies, and the consolidation of these 100+ organizations into just a few. e.g., the Department of Education and other non-police agencies do not need a SWAT team of their own.

While not an inclusive list, this would be a great start.


26 posted on 07/21/2012 3:27:19 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: BobL

Americans abroad are not asking for help, but rather for residency-based taxation.


27 posted on 07/22/2012 10:12:07 AM PDT by SwissPinoy
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To: SwissPinoy

“Americans abroad are not asking for help, but rather for residency-based taxation.”

I don’t think you need a treaty for that...


28 posted on 07/22/2012 10:18:54 AM PDT by BobL
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To: SharpRightTurn
"Part of this treaty deals with abortion and the rights of children, issues that should be addressed by states, local governments and American parents, not international bureaucrats..."

I'm thinking that this "spokesman" probably doesn't understand what I'm going to post below. If by "addressed" he means that they can approve of and allow abortion if they want to, he definitely does not.

"This natural law, being as old as mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, from this original.”

-- William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Law of England (1765)

"Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being. And consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his Maker for everything, it is necessary that he should, in all points, conform to his Maker's will. This will of his Maker is called the law of nature. This law of nature, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found upon comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man's felicity. Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these."

-- William Blackstone

"Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolate. On the contrary, no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture."

-- William Blackstone

"[T]he Law of Nature stands as an eternal rule to all men, legislators as well as others. The rules that they make for other men's actions must . . . be conformable to the Law of Nature, i.e., to the will of God. [L]aws human must be made according to the general laws of Nature, and without contradiction to any positive law of Scripture, otherwise they are ill made."

-- John Locke, Two Treatises on Government


29 posted on 07/22/2012 10:38:34 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Those who support the lesser of two evils have already succumbed to the greater evil.)
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