The non-thinking liberal mind

Karl D. writes:

A man I know just posted this on his Facebook page.


This is the non-thinking liberal mind in action. He figures that because Republicans voted against it, they must be a big bunch of heartless meanies. Why else would they vote against the disabled? It never crosses his mind that the Republicans who opposed the measure may have had perfectly rational reasons for doing so. I don’t know anything about it, but since the UN is involved it is not that difficult to make the leap that there are issues of U.S. law and sovereignty at stake.

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Karl D. writes:

I did a little back and forth with the man who posted this on Facebook. I told him my guess was that there were many issues of threats to U.S. sovereignty at work here and that is why the GOP voted it down. After reading more about it, I found that that is exactly what the issue at hand was. He wrote back that there was only a “little bit of sovereignty problems” and that most of the reasons the Republicans voted against it is because they are all in the pockets of corporations. So a “little” sovereignty issues are okay (it is a whole lot more than a little) and Republicans never do or say anything in good faith. They are either on the take, motivated by Christianity, or just plain old mean.

Karl D. continues:

Here is the section of the UN treaty on disabilities that deals with “Non-Descrimination”:

Article 5—Equality and non-discrimination

1. States Parties recognize that all persons are equal before and under the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

2. States Parties shall prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee to persons with disabilities equal and effective legal protection against discrimination on all grounds.

3. In order to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, States Parties shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided.

4. Specific measures which are necessary to accelerate or achieve de facto equality of persons with disabilities shall not be considered discrimination under the terms of the present Convention.

Article 6—Women with disabilities

1. States Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention.

Article 7—Children with disabilities

1. States Parties shall take all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.

2. In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

3. States Parties shall ensure that children with disabilities have the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them, their views being given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity, on an equal basis with other children, and to be provided with disability and age-appropriate assistance to realize that right.

Linda M. writes:

I know very little about the UN ADA treaty but the America already has its own disability laws. Furthermore, the UN law (from what I understand) could prohibit parents from homeschooling their disabled children. My 43 year old son has been physically and mentally disabled from birth. I am more than satisfied with the current laws for the disabled in America.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 06, 2012 09:00 AM | Send

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