Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), after being told to stuff his Law of the Sea Treaty (at least for this year), has announed he WILL pass the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by July 26, 2012. Obama signed the Treaty in 2009. Now it has to make it out of Kerry’s Committee, which is a given, and then must pass a two-thirds vote in the Senate. If Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, pull this off, it will be the “first time the U.S. has ratified a treaty that substantially impacts domestic law.”
This is a very important issue flying under the radar, and according to involved sources, after taking control of America’s disabled children, there is another treaty roaring at full speed, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – every child worldwide.
On Thursday, the US Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold a vote on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This treaty WILL pass in the committee and Senator Kerry has expressed hope that they can hold a full Senate vote by July 26th. This is a blatant attempt by the Obama administration and senior Democratic Senators to fast-track this treaty before anyone can analyze it.
Last week, during the Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on the treaty, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) expressed shock and dismay that such an important decision on American sovereignty would be pushed through without the time to do proper vetting. He and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) are strongly opposed to the treaty. They recognize and oppose dangers of placing this area of US law under the United Nations’ purview, regardless of the treaty’s worthy aspirations.
It is apparent that the Obama administration carefully chose this particular human rights treaty because it hasn’t gotten any attention in the mainstream media and until the end of May almost nobody in the US was talking about it. It is a feel-good treaty whose highest goals everyone agrees with, but it threatens aspects of US sovereignty and will open the door further to many of the other more controversial treaties. Currently this treaty has enough support from the Republicans to pass in the Senate. Even some of the more conservative Senators are supporting it. We need to slow this vote down if for no other reason than to give everyone an opportunity to carefully analyze the treaty and ensure there are no dangers to US Sovereignty.
While I’m not find much confirming information on which Republican Senators support CRPD, I understand that Senators McCain, Moran and and Barrasso plan to vote for it, and do so strongly. If I can find a list of those Republicans for and against, I’ll add it here
Homeschooling parents are contacting Congress. Every parent must do so, and do so now. Call both of your Senators (see some helpful conversation below):
Senate Switchboard 202-224-3121
The administration seeks to promote two ideas that are simply inaccurate:
1. Disabled Americans who travel overseas will directly benefit by U.S. ratification of this treaty;
2. Ratifying a treaty does not require us to comply with international law.
They are arguing that a treaty is an empty promise with no actual substance. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution makes it clear that the administration is wrong. Treaties form a part of the Supreme Law of the Land once ratified.
And no one even attempted a serious answer to our core parental rights concern.
Article 7 of the UNCRPD gives government the ability to override every decision of a parent of disabled children if the government thinks that its views are in “the best interest of the child.”
The administration is arguing that there is no substance to this treaty? Then why are we spending even a split second on it. They are like the pediatrician telling the little boy the shot won’t hurt at all, but he’s old enough to know better, except in that situation, the shot is for the benefit of the child.
This treaty is a war for your child’s mind and there is no telling how many billions of dollars will flow to the U.N. from the U.S. if we sign-on to this piece of globalism.
Advocates for Homeschooling offers some dialog you can use when you talk to your Senator:
“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats, and will threaten parental control over children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that substantially impacts domestic law. Please take the time to examine this treaty carefully.”
Don’t forget to tell him/her that if you vote for this Treaty, you won’t sleep or eat until you defeat them at the ballot box the next time they are up for election (and throw in that your dearly-departed grandmother will haunt him every night, and he can count on it.).
“The ultimate responsibility of all parents is to care for your child, a responsibility that only takes on added weight when your child has special needs. As parents of a beautiful, special girl, we know first-hand the blessings of loving our Bella. This is precisely why we at Patriot Voices are urging the U.S. Senate to vote against ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD would usurp the rights and powers of parents here in the United States to do what is best for their special needs child by placing the law of the UN above the rights of the parents. It is the job of our elected representatives to preserve these rights, not hand them off to unaccountable international bureaucrats.”
Do you want to sit by while, for the first time in U.S. history, we ratify a Treaty that impacts domestic law? And it involves your children? Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles can make calls to. Involve the family and do it soon. To take this a step further – like falling from 150 stories up, maybe – see the latest on signed but unratified treaties at Reaganite Republican.