At first glance, Senate Republican opposition to ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — a U.N. treaty signed by George W. Bush in 2006 and reaffirmed by Barack Obama in 2009 but not yet approved two-thirds of the Senate — seems self-explanatory.
There's their abiding hatred of the U.N. and concern for the "sovereignty" of the U.S. And there's the fact that they've already pissed off every minority demographic group in America. Having lost the 2012 election by an 87% margin among African Americans, 47% among Asians, 44% among Hispanics and 54% among gays and lesbians, Republicans have naturally set their sights on pissing off disabled Americans for much the same reason obsessive nerds buy Superman IV: Quest For Peace: it's about completeness.
But at a press conference, Senator Mike Lee of Utah, former senator Rick Santorum and Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) laid out more reasons for their opposition to the CRPD.
Some are concerned about the treaty's call for "positive rights," such as provision of food and health care to disabled people, a violation of the Founders' belief that Americans with cerebral palsy should work in the mines if they want to eat. Most disturbingly, according to Farris, the CRPD would be a stepping stone to ratification of the Treaty on Convention of the Rights of the Child, the predations of which are set out in an HSLDA briefing…
Under the UN Treaty, the United States will be required to ensure that children are vested with "freedom of expression." Section 1 states that a child has a right to "seek, receive and impart information of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice." This essentially gives children the right to listen to rock music, watch television, and even have access to pornography.
Considering the Mitt Romney campaign thought Kid Rock was the epitome of contemporary musicianship, maybe a better way to separate children from harmful influences would be to ratify all these treaties but keep the kids far away from Republicans.
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