So, the republican party is so hung up on the United Nations that they have now refused to ratify a UN convention on, of all things, disability rights that was modeled on our own Americans with Disabilities Act. So, this puts republicans in the same group as, say the Vatican, led by its Nazi pope. The Vatican has indicated that, at present, it will not be signing the new, widely-heralded international treaty to protect the rights and dignity of people living with disabilities. The Holy See says that, despite reassurances to the contrary, it is concerned that the treaty's inclusion of a reference to "sexual and reproductive health" could be construed as promoting abortion.
And now, led by Republican opposition, the
Senate on Tuesday rejected that very same United Nations treaty on the rights
of the disabled. With 38 Republicans casting "no" votes, the 61-38
vote fell five short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. The
vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at
their desks rather than milling around the podium. Former Senate Majority
Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to
support the treaty, as was the old guy John McCain.
The treaty, already signed by 155
nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany,
China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled
enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens.
Republicans objected to taking up a treaty that could pose a threat to U.S.
national sovereignty. "I do not support the cumbersome regulations and
potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases
that infringe upon American society," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
Really Jim?? Really? You’re
afraid of the UN trying to enforce a convention already in place here in the US
of A?? What else are you afraid of Jim? How about the Girl Scouts of America?
Are you afraid of them, too?
Could we be any more pathetic
than to be one of the only nations on earth to be opposed to supporting the
rights of the disabled? What else do republicans have in their little kit bag
of absurdities? Opposition to food aid?
Well, on that same front, the teabagger
of the year, senator Jim DeMint has announced that he will follow the lead of
that other teabagger favorite, Sarah Bimbo Palin and renounce his seat in the
Senate, thereby sticking his finger in the eyes of the people who elected him,
in order to make a lot more money as head of that old favorite of the Neo-Con
fringe, the Heritage Foundation. Yep, he learned the lesson promulgated by
Sarah Bimbo—when the brass ring comes around, you better grab it, you betcha,
cuz it might not come around again. I expect we’ll see Jimmy on the Faux News
Network talk shows, reaping in the harvest of geld, which is the only thing
republicans actually worship. Way to go republicans.