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I watched a few segments tonight on the Ed Show, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell regarding the Senate's failure to pass a UN treaty on protecting people with disabilities. An emotional Lawrence O'Donnell said it best when he called it a "day of shame and betrayal" in the Senate. I looked for that link, but MSNBC hasn't released it yet. The Seattle PI website, however, describes the vote:
Seattle PI: Senate GOP blocks treaty protecting people with disabilities
"The U.S. Senate on Tuesday failed to ratify a United Nations treaty, negotiated under the Bush administration and patterned after the Americans With Disabilities Act, that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities. The treaty drew a 61-38 vote, but needed 67 votes to pass. Thirty-eight Republican senators voted against its ratification, despite presence on the floor of former Republican Senate Majority leader Bob Dole, who supported the legislation.
"Dole, 89, and now in a wheelchair, is a disabled World War II veteran, who cosponsored the Americans With Disabilities Act with a Democratic colleague, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities has been signed by 153 countries. It was negotiated by President Bush, and signed again by President Obama in 2009. Its Republican supporters have also included 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
"But it fell victim to anti-United Nations jingoism on the Republican right. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, although the parent of a developmentally disabled child, came to Washington, D.C., to lobby against the treaty — claiming it to be an attack on American sovereignty.
This has nothing to do with people with disabilities and has everything to do with hate and ignorance championed by the Tea Party and their hater-in-chief Rick Santorum. I agree with Lawrence O'Donnell.