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Letter: No principle

December 7, 2012

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To the editor:

With former Sen. Bob Dole looking on from his wheelchair on Tuesday, Kansas Sens. Moran and Roberts joined 36 other Republicans and voted against the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which would have added the United States to a treaty of over 120 other nations around the world calling for equal rights for those with disabilities. It would not have moved us to align with the world, but instead asks the world to catch up with us and the rights former Sen. Dole fought so hard to secure.

Eight GOP senators joined all of the Democrats supporting the convention. But the fact that 38 GOP senators including two from Kansas could look down on Bob Dole as they entered the chamber and vote to tarnish his legacy shows that the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower no longer exists. There is no principle left in the Grand Old Party, only hysteria and ignorance.  Shame on you.

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Centerville 1 year, 4 months ago

What does it say about the Obama administration that the numbers of people with disabilities have climbed so quickly?

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow! Here's what the article said: "A new report from the Obama administration and others suggests that as people lose unemployment benefits, they're going after disability benefits."

Where does that imply those people were already disabled. Docs will whip out an excuse for anything these days. I could right now claim two or three reasons I need disability but continue to perform job duties five days a week. ( I do however somewhat agree about the older folks part). I know my oldest sister got SSDI, but she can barely make it up a flight of stairs.

Your post made me chuckle, btw. ;-)

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 4 months ago

So you're saying as folks lose their last piaster of unemployment and file for disability it has no connection to the economy, rather that they're old, poor performing employees and it's a perception thing? Wow! I had to re-read your post a few times.

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 4 months ago

"More than three million more people are now collecting Social Security payments because of disability then were in 2007. A new report from the Obama administration and others suggests that as people lose unemployment benefits, they're going after disability benefits."

http://www.pri.org/stories/politics-society/government/as-unemployment-benefits-claims-decline-disability-claims-rise-7705.html

Those danged disappointed regressives must see a trend or something. Duh!

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Trumbull 1 year, 4 months ago

Many of the Republicans in office are villains who vote no to things that they would normally support if there was a Republican president. Many of them are willing to sacrifice the United States credit rating by stalling the debt ceiling talks. I suspect many of them privately wish for a 2nd recession and will practice obstructionisim to achieve this and to improve there election chances next time around.

It will take a miracle for me to ever consider voting for a Republican again. I used to vote a mixed ballot.

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Gandalf 1 year, 4 months ago

If republicans actually had principles they would be democrats!

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progressive_thinker 1 year, 4 months ago

The enforcement of this treaty would be no different from many other treaties that have no "built in" sanctions. Retorsions [unfriendly, but nonetheless lawful acts that would be permitted even absent a treaty breach] are probably the most common form of sanction. Any such act would [should] be proportional to any perceived breach.

One of the features of the treaty under discussion is that there are clear reporting requirements regarding signatory nations progress toward compliance. This sort of information in and of itself is valuable as the state department would be able to include in traveler alerts the status of the signatory nation as it relates to disabled travelers. Disabled travelers can use this information in making travel plans.

I remain convinced that this treaty is far more than symbolic. If we in the US want to be the leader of the free world, we need to set the standard and commit to the world community what we think is right.

US citizens do travel and conduct business in other countries. This includes disabled US citizens, a group that is and will be increasing in portion of our population as our war wounded continue to enter the workforce. We can anticipate that we will need a world in which our disabled citizens, including disabled veterans, can travel and have access to places and services on a similar basis as in the US. In short, encouraging other countries to assure reasonable access is not only in their best interests, but in the best interests of US citizens who travel and do business abroad.

The notion that we are somehow surrendering our sovereignty in ratifying this treaty is right up there with a litany of other tin foil hatted conspiracy theories. The notion that we should or would use force to enforce such a treaty is absurd. That does not mean that the treaty is symbolic, or that ratifying it is not in our best interests.

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voevoda 1 year, 4 months ago

Compare with the UN treaty against genocide. Although an American citizen was the primary author and proponent, the US was one of the last countries to sign it, under Ronald Reagan. The reasoning was exactly the same as the opponents of treaty on disabled persons have enunciated here. And that a prohibition on genocide might keep the KKK from lynching African-Americans any more. By refusing to sign the treaty on disabilities, the US is sending the message that it wants to be free to discriminate against disabled persons. What's next--rescinding the Americans with Disabilities Act itself?

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avarom 1 year, 4 months ago

If wishes were horses...... Beggars would ride: If turnips were bayonets.......I would wear one by my side.

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Centerville 1 year, 4 months ago

It is an excercise in wasting money. And a perfect example of making something so vague that people will read into it anything they want: like thinking that the UN is telling the world how great the US is. Welcome to Wonderland.

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Greg Cooper 1 year, 4 months ago

Nowhere in the language of the treaty does it make compulsory any kind of military action against any nation for non-compliance with the treaty. Rather, it makes clear to all nations and their people that the United States of America stand committed to the promulgation of the rights people with disabilities.

You who are against the signing of the treaty are stuck in a rut of "I want to make all the rules for all the world but I don't want to have to agree with anything I didn't start." What in the world are you thinking? Is making a statement of support for these people so repugnant that you must make yourselves a laughing stock around the world?

Senator Dole must be completely embarassed by the recent hijacking of his party by you people. I certainly am. The current situation with the Republican Party is one of anger, anger at the people who disagree with its obstructionist, semi-religious, knee-jerk need to halt in its tracks any forward movement.

I hate to resort to such language that paints a picture of a Grand Old Party reduced to childish, petulant silliness. However, what it is is what it is. There is little, if any, thought by the "new" Republican party of the better good for all the country, but loads and loads of "me, me, me".

The Democrats are, as a result of this obstructionism, probably swinging too far to the left in response to the Republican policy of "NO", and I also regret that. However, there can be little doubt in a thinking person's mind that the lines have been drawn by the Republicans. It remains to be seen what will result. I can only hope that more of the kind of petulance shown by the Republicans in denying this treaty will result in the further erodng of the new power base with in the party.

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Centerville 1 year, 4 months ago

Sorry, it doesn't ask the world to catch up with us. In fact, the ADA and US efforts aren't even acknowledged. http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml

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Bob Forer 1 year, 4 months ago

Funny how the repugs have no loyalty to one of their revered elder statesmen. I guess being in lock step goose step with the current leadership is more important than showing a little respect for fellow Kansan and former presidential candidate Bob Dole.

The repugs are becoming infamous for eating their own. A bunch of dirty scoundrels, if you ask me.

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 4 months ago

I want to thank our two senators for not signing another UN treaty. There is absolutely no reason to sign a treaty that is meaningless to Americans. I feel very good about the efforts made in our country for the disabled. I would argue that we have stretched the definition of disability to the point that those who we entended the laws to protect are being short changed by adding new disabilities that in reality is becoming just another form of welfare and dependence on others. Things like being fat, fibromyalgia, and endless numbers of psychological problems are landing more and more people on disability in the United States. This UN treaty is just another attempted to categorize more and more and more people into groups dependent on government. The most amazing thing is the number of people, including the letter writers in the paper today who somehow believe that the ever growing disability population can be paid for here in the United States not to mention nations around the world. I guess you may be right that this treaty might make you feel better but if you're so concerned that the United States isn't doing enough for the world community get on their website and donate some cash to their causes. Spare me the pity for Senator Dole and his disability. Did he just get discharged from Walter Reed Medical center in Washington DC. Don't worry he is just another politician with limitless healthcare coverage, and government pensions putting him well above the $250,000 water mark where we are told to show no pity. We need no more Bob Dole Legacy or buildings in our state named after him. Nor do we need his pity as he rolls into the senate gallery in his government purchased wheelchair showing solidarity with those who share is level of welfare that you and I can only imagine.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 4 months ago

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. I don't pledge allegiance to the UN and never will.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 4 months ago

It's kinda interesting how Republicans can rail against the one-world-government Armageddon of the UN, but have no problem with multinational corporations that have no allegiance to any notion of independent nationhood.

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KSWingman 1 year, 4 months ago

We already have the Americans With Disabilities Act, a Federal law which applies to all people in the United States. What is the benefit for the US of signing this treaty?

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friendlyjhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Another holllow victory for the GOP as they continue to establish themselves as the "I'll vote against anything party and say we are saving money and defying the President" party.

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08Champs 1 year, 4 months ago

from what I read last night, Sen Moran actually co-authored and publicly supported this previously?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 4 months ago

Alex (or whoever is on the desk today), please correct the headline. It's a "Letter", not a "Leter". Thanks, hon!

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 4 months ago

Scared of the UN, are we. Silly. This was shameful.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 4 months ago

I have never thought that Moran and Roberts had any kind of empathy for anyone. Look at their voting records and you will see cold hearted and aloof Senators who only serve to gain lobbyist funds for their own pocket. Let's vote for someone who cares about our country.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 4 months ago

No argument here. Sensible and decent Republican politicians are quickly become dinosaurs.

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