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Santorum strikes again (NYT attack on Santorum's role in defeating a UN treaty)
The New York Times ^ | 12/5/2012 | Gail Collins

Posted on 12/06/2012 6:31:05 AM PST by darrellmaurina

Lately, you’ve probably been asking: “What ever happened to Rick Santorum? The guy who ran for president in the sweater vest? The one who compared homosexuality to bestiality and did 50 push-ups every morning?” It’s certainly been on my mind.

Santorum is still in there swinging. Lately, he’s been on a crusade against a dangerous attempt by the United Nations to help disabled people around the world. This week, he won! The Senate refused to ratify a U.N. treaty on the subject. The vote, which fell five short of the necessary two-thirds majority, came right after 89-year-old Bob Dole, the former Republican leader and disabled war veteran, was wheeled into the chamber to urge passage.

“We did it,” Santorum tweeted in triumph.

Well, it doesn’t get any better than that.

The rejected treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark law Dole co-sponsored. So, as Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts kept pointing out during the debate, this is a treaty to make the rest of the world behave more like the United States. But Santorum was upset about a section on children with disabilities that said: “The best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

“This is a direct assault on us and our family!” he said at a press conference in Washington.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobdole; bsarticle; disabled; santorum; strickbs; unitednations
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1 posted on 12/06/2012 6:31:14 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

Go Rick!

2 posted on 12/06/2012 6:36:25 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: darrellmaurina
I thought better of Dole.

Sadly he is a statist and stupid.

3 posted on 12/06/2012 6:38:54 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Where’s my sweater vest ?

4 posted on 12/06/2012 6:39:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: darrellmaurina

Rick needs to get some of his guys together and start the process of dismantling this old, out of date cold war relic.

5 posted on 12/06/2012 6:39:40 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: darrellmaurina

Oh, they don’t like their plots being defeated!

Funny though, how John Kerry thinks passing a treaty in the United States will bring the world up to the United States’ standard. Why would we need to pass the treaty if we already have the high standard.

Nice touch wheeling old Bob Dole in, but real conservatives aren’t fooled by such emotional nonsense, which is why they tried to pass this treaty while they still have dupes like Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe and Richard Lugar in the senate.

6 posted on 12/06/2012 6:40:03 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: darrellmaurina

Dear Dear “Gail”,

If ANYONE has a “vested” interest in the “rights of the disabled” it is Rick Santorum.

I think he and Karen have earned the right to their opinion that it is a BAD precedent to potentially cede legal control of decision-making about their child’s best interests (and your child’s best interests) to people from China, North Korea, Congo, Iran, Syria, Burma, etc

Don’t you?

7 posted on 12/06/2012 6:45:36 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: darrellmaurina

The ADA, which brought empty parking spots and ramps used twice a year to a store near you.

Seriously, whenever I see handicapped spaces full, which is rarely, usually a person gets out who then proceeds to walk, roll, or whatever, in a perfectly capable way. They get out of the car, then they go move around the mall like a regular person. Why did they need the spot? Was an extra 20 feet or whatever necessary to forestall a trip to the hospital?

8 posted on 12/06/2012 6:49:04 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Navy Patriot
"....came right after 89-year-old Bob Dole, the former Republican leader...."

Oh, so THAT'S what he did before doing the Viagra commercials - I figured he may have been famous for something other than being Libby's husband with an ED problem....

9 posted on 12/06/2012 6:49:31 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Lazlo in PA; wagglebee; little jeremiah; AmericanInTokyo; Antoninus; cripplecreek; Diamond; ...
This isn't just a flash-in-the-pan. The New York TImes has been attacking Rick Santorum repeatedly this week over his opposition to ratification of a treaty whose advocates say it will help disabled children but which includes language which appears to say the government will decide what's best for those children. That's a pretty major problem, considering that state-controlled health care has a bad record of cutting off needed medical care which would be standard in the United States.

Here are some links to related attacks by the New York Times on Santorum. This is an example of the sort of thing they contain: “The vote is expected to be close, because of an eruption from the right-wing fringe, led by people like Rick Santorum, the former senator, who says the treaty “crushes” American sovereignty and opens the door to bureaucrats taking disabled children from their parents’ arms. The Senate should ignore such nonsense. America is already ahead of the world on disability rights; it is time for the purveyors of paranoid politics to get out of the way, so it can continue to lead.”

That's from the official editorial. Here are blunter comments by columnists: “But these aren’t reasonable times. Some right-wingers are urging the Senate to reject the treaty, saying it’s a plot by one-world-government bureaucrats to undermine American independence. Rick Santorum, the former senator and Republican presidential candidate, called it a ‘Pandora’s box’ that could lead to the United Nations making medical decisions for disabled children like his daughter Bella, whom he brought into a Senate hearing room last week while he made his point.”

EDITORIAL: Treaty Rights for the Disabled
Published: December 3, 2012

Rick Santorum Is Afraid, Very Afraid
December 3, 2012, 6:47 pm

From Republicans, a Parting Slap at Bob Dole and Disabled Americans
December 4, 2012, 7:58 pm

Other than the email I've been getting from Rick Santorum’s post-campaign operations, I do not consider myself an expert on this issue. I don't have strong views since I haven't studied this for myself. My views might change with more study. The Bible is supposed to control my political positions, not the opinions of a particular former presidential candidate.

What I do know is that biography counts in current political conditions. That's what leads to all sorts of non-experts becoming public spokesmen for or against political causes -— it works on the hearts even if it doesn't change heads. Because of his disabled daughter, Rick Santorum is in a very unusual position of being able to advocate on issues involving disabilities, a position on which few other nationally known conservatives can speak with comparable levels of authority.

What I also know is that when the New York Times is blaming a presidential candidate who failed to win his party's nomination but now has a significant victory for his position in the United States Senate, it shows they've decided to take the risk of giving him credibility by attacking him rather than burying him by ignoring him.

Apparently the New York Times thinks Rick Santorum and the Tea Party are both dangerous.

Here are come key comments from New York Times columnist Lawrence Downes, expressing his concern that moderate Republicans are being forced into opposition by Santorum out of fear that they’l face successful conservative opponents in their upcoming primaries:

“The vote was a triumph for Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum and others on the hard-right loon fringe, who have been feverishly denouncing the treaty as a United Nations world-government conspiracy to kill disabled children (you can look it up). Only eight Republicans voted yes: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona. Several Republicans who might have made a difference but voted ‘no,’ as Roll Call pointed out, are up for re-election in 2014 and are facing possible primary challenges from the right: Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who changed his ‘yes’ to a ‘no’ after it was obvious the treaty would fail.”

10 posted on 12/06/2012 6:49:44 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

Good for Rick. When the times attacks you, you know you are on the right side!

11 posted on 12/06/2012 6:56:31 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Timber Rattler; icwhatudo; Navy Patriot; Eric in the Ozarks; FlingWingFlyer; cotton1706; ...
2 posted on Thu Dec 06 2012 08:36:25 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time) by Timber Rattler: “Go Rick!”

11 posted on Thu Dec 06 2012 08:56:31 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time) by icwhatudo: “Good for Rick. When the times attacks you, you know you are on the right side!”

You got that right, Rattler and IC!

For conservatives, attacks on us like this ought to be good news. Apparently the New York Times thinks we have a lot more clout in the Republican Party than we give ourselves credit for having.

And a strong related warning to our own side: These New York Times columnists think the Tea Party and Rick Santorum are working hand-in-glove. They're wrong. We as conservatives are much more disorganized and fight each other almost as much as we fight liberals. I hope we conservatives take note that the liberals don't distinguish between different shades of conservative activism. We're all going to get blamed for things they don't like, so maybe social conservatives, economic conservatives, and national defense conservatives ought to be working together a bit more?

12 posted on 12/06/2012 6:59:45 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: icwhatudo

The NYT never saw a UN resolution that it didn’t like or support.

13 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:23 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
4 posted on Thu Dec 06 2012 08:39:15 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time) by Eric in the Ozarks: “Where’s my sweater vest?”

I'm wearing mine today.

Actually, I was wearing it before I read the article, and I was wearing them long before before I ever heard of Rick Santorum.

I guess it's an 80s thing with me. ;-) I started wearing sweater vests when it was appropriate to “dress down” suits. Also, in cold Michigan and Iowa weather, where I spent most of my life before moving to the South a dozen years ago, I could wear summer-weight suits longer into the fall and earlier in the spring with some added warmth. Once three-piece suits went out of fashion, wearing sweater vests became a good replacement for the vest part of a suit.

14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:33 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

I’d certainly have no compunction about voting for Santorum again.

15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:08:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: darrellmaurina

Rick Santorum did come in second for the Pub nomination this year, so according to the traditions of the Stupid Party he will be our man in ‘16. So expect lots more Santorum bashing.

16 posted on 12/06/2012 7:09:35 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: darrellmaurina

I wear a vest when I’m outdoors cutting wood. It has a Monsanto logo.
Wife’s dad worked as a sales rep...

Rick made an appearance here at Lake of the Ozarks this past summer and we liked what he had to say. Pity he dropped out.

17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:16:03 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: cripplecreek; P-Marlowe

Santorum is right and the NYT is wrong.

By the US Constitution any treaty into which the US enters has the full force of law.

In law, any fuzzy language is subject to manipulation and exploitation.

“The best interests of the child” is fuzzy language beyond belief.

18 posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:14 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Where’s my sweater vest ?

During the primaries, his campaign was offering them for sale on their website. They insisted upon using a company that had them made in the USA.

If you are serious, I would be willing to bet that you could still buy one. His campaign debt is still in big need of retirement, I am sure.

19 posted on 12/06/2012 8:16:00 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Bigg Red

I sent Rick a check for $100.
When I get my sweater vest, I’ll send another check.

20 posted on 12/06/2012 8:21:52 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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