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.
Since when is fear of giving up American sovereignty a bad thing?…