In one of the few good pieces of news to develop on Capitol Hill this week, the Senate defeated the UN Disability Treaty. Even though it garnered the support of 61 members, it fell short of the requisite 67 votes to ratify the treaty.
This UN Treaty has the power to overwrite all of our laws pertaining to persons with disabilities. We already have a number of laws on the books dealing with the issue; there is no need for the U.N. to inject their dreams and aspirations on social engineering into our society, paving the way for lawsuits and special interest laws. Article 4 of this treaty confers vague economic, social, and cultural rights on people that do not exist in the Constitution. Please call your senators and tell them to work within our current laws to better the lives of the disabled, not through international entities that don’t have our best interest in mind.
The sad thing is that 8 Republicans voted for the treaty: Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, John Barrasso, Richard Lugar, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Kelly Ayotte. There is no reason any Republican should support a UN Treaty that will only weaken our sovereignty without forcing other countries to comply.
When it comes to ratifying new international treaties, the burden is on supporters to explain why our Constitution is lacking and why we need to turn to those who don’t share our interests in order to live in security.