Pandering to ingnorance

December 16, 2012 

RICK GLEITSMANN, Kennewick

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Disabled Treaty recently came up for ratification in the Senate. Based on the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, it would ban discrimination against anyone with a physical disability in any of 126 nations that signed on.

Passage would simply affirm that we, as Americans, support the rights of handicapped people around the world to live autonomous lives if they choose.

The treaty would have zero effect on us in this country. But still, it had the word "United Nations" in its title, so it was time for a GOP nervous breakdown.

The treaty failed because 38 Republican senators, in fear of offending their Tea Party base, voted against it. Some even claimed the measure is the first step on the slippery slope toward the U.N. seizing your children.

Really? Then why would universally respected WWII veteran and former presidential candidate Bob Dole support it?

Do any of the 38 senators have any regrets about their vote? Probably not. By pandering to the "pro-ignorance vote" in each of their states, they did what they had to do to protect their well-paying jobs. It's a price we'll all pay.

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