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Letter: Shameful votes

December 7, 2012

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To the editor:

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It did not pass. Why? Because a very few politicians, misled by former Sen. Rick Santorum, stirred up a cockamamie concern about the treaty somehow undermining American sovereignty. It does no such thing. Another irrational twist was that the treaty was a plot to keep American parents from home-schooling their children. Nonsense. The treaty was supported by virtually all U.S. disability and veterans’ groups and would have formally launched the human rights concepts inherent in the Americans with Disabilities Act into the international arena.

But here’s the unkindest cut of all. Despite Sen. John McCain, a supporter, reading parts of a letter written by former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who came to the Senate in his wheelchair to support the treaty, BOTH Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Jerry Moran voted nay. This should be unbelievable, but it is not. Moran was an early supporter of the CRPD, but he apparently changed his mind recently.

If all it takes to compel ostensive “statesmen” to kowtow to conspiracy theorists or to quake in fear of right-wing opposition in future primaries is this brand of nonsense, then we’re in deep trouble.

Kansas’ two senators owe Bob Dole and people with disabilities in Kansas the humblest of apologies. This vote is not only embarrassing, it is truly shameful.

Comments

Bob Forer 2 years ago

'If all it takes to compel ostensive “statesmen” to kowtow to conspiracy theorists or to quake in fear of right-wing opposition in future primaries is this brand of nonsense, then we’re in deep trouble.'"

Nice letter, but i can't recall either Moran or Roberts ever approaching the stature of "statesmen."

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years ago

I have had it in for both of these degenerate facists since the clueless voters of Kansas bought this Koch slate of jerks for the U.S. Senate.

And just hink. For a while, Rick Santorum, who has a disabled chlid, for Christ's sake, was a leading candidate in the clueless minds of primary voters, for candidate for President of the U.S.!!

Centerville 2 years ago

Sorry, the ADA isn't launched anywhere. If you can imagine that the UN would use the US as a model, you know very little about the UN. There is no mention of the US or the ADA at http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml . But keep pouting.

raypetty 2 years ago

Obviously you know little to nothing about the ADA. The principles promoted in the CRPD are the same principles upon which the ADA is founded. And if you think calling out politicians for being jerks is pouting, you have a lot to learn yourself.

Alyosha 2 years ago

In your mind, Bob Dole is in league with the forces of evil that seek to destroy the US via the UN?

Do I have that about right?

voevoda 2 years ago

Of course there is no specific mention of the US or its ADA in the convention itself, Centerville. Nobody versed in international law would expect to find it. However, the ADA did inform the creation of the law. And yes, the UN has used the US as a model, very often. But not its only model. Maybe that's why you hold such animosity towards it.

Liberty275 2 years ago

If we need laws regarding people with disabilities, we will write them. Other countries can join UN conventions, but only Americans should decide what happens in America.

tomatogrower 2 years ago

So, countries who want to torture and kill their opposition should be allowed to do this too, or to keep human slaves? The UN should be a means of making sure that all basic human rights are at least protected in writing, if not other ways.

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