Tonight The Brenner Brief radio show will feature Cam Edwards of Cam and Company on nranews.com and SiriusXM Patriot Channel. The discussion will focus on gun rights and Second Amendment issues with regard to the Obama Administration.
In addition, Sara will continue the discussion on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), its defeat in the Senate last week and the very likely possibility it will be brought up for another vote after the lame duck session ends.
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After the Senate failed to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Senator John Kerry took to the airwaves with Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday, vowing to pass the measure within the first three months of 2013. and demonizing the Republicans who voted against the bill:
They argued they were afraid we were giving up sovereignty of the nation and somehow the United Nations would be able to tell us what to do. Neither are true. There is no requirement in this treaty whatsoever that any law in the United States would be changed, no new right would be created that doesn’t exist already in the United States and most importantly because of the terminology of the treaty, the treaty language, that it’s not self-executing, that means nobody has recourse in any court in the United States of America to enforce the treaty. You might ask, why sign up to the treaty, then? The reason is this treaty is based on the gold standard of how America treats people with disabilities. It’s based on Americans with Disabilities Act and raises other countries to our standard. It’s really exporting American sovereignty to other nations. It’s exporting our values… These senators turned their back on that out of completely fictitious, totally made up, entirely fear marketing rationale. We have to change that and we will.
John Kerry on Hardball
Since when is fear of giving up American sovereignty a bad thing?…
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Yesterday the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the treaty. The White House expressed its dissatisfaction saying, in part, “We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation.”
The treaty is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations to protect individuals with disabilities. Parties are bound Under the Convention to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same human rights as their counterparts without disabilities, and full equality under the law.
Proponents of the treaty claim it would have helped “individuals with disabilities around the world obtain the rights and protections we have here in the United States. The ratification of this treaty would have unified us with millions of disability advocates, family members and self-advocates of all nations,” said Peter Burns, CEO of The Arc. He went on to say that The Arc will continue to fight for this legislation. Senator John Kerry and former Senator Bob Dole [...]
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