Republicans block UN disability treaty

The crazy wing really has taken over the Republican party:

The ADA put the United States in the forefront of efforts to secure equal rights for the disabled, and it became the blueprint for the U.N. treaty, formally the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty was negotiated by the George W. Bush administration. It was completed in 2006 and President Barack Obama signed it in 2009.

The United Nations estimates that 650 million people around the world are disabled, about 10 percent of world population.

Kerry and other backers stressed that the treaty requires no changes in U.S. law, that a committee created by the treaty to make recommendations has no power to change laws and that the treaty cannot serve as a basis for a lawsuit in U.S. courts.

The opposition was led by tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who argued that the treaty by its very nature threatened U.S. sovereignty. Specifically he expressed concerns that the treaty could lead to the state, rather than parents, determining what was in the best interest of disabled children in such areas as home schooling, and that language in the treaty guaranteeing the disabled equal rights to reproductive health care could lead to abortions. Parents, Lee said, will “raise their children with the constant looming threat of state interference.”

So a Senator believes a treaty based on a US law that can only recommend changes will threaten parents and US sovereignty? How exactly will it do that, he doesn’t say but I suspect it has to with mind control using our precious bodily fluids. And it gets worse:

Still, the United States needs to play a role in setting guidelines both for Arctic shipping and for the removal of resources from international territory. The process of managing the traffic, creating safety standards, and resolving claims to oil and mineral reserves in the Arctic, has been addressed in the Convention of the Sea, a treaty that all but one Arctic-bordering nation has signed.

Yes, the one is the United States.

Because of Republican fervor against international agreements, the United States could be missing a chance to protect its interests in what is essentially a new ocean. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has not been able to advance the treaty, despite several hearings and broad agreement among experts that the need for guidelines is urgent. Russia, China, and the United States are all vying for access to the Arctic region. They need some semblance of structure and agreement before they start sending floating nuclear power stations, as Russia plans to do.

In this case the Republican craziness has real consequences–the US may very well lose out on rights to the Arctic region to countries that aren’t controlled by crazy people.

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