The Left’s Propaganda War: UN Disabilities Treaty (CRPD)

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The Brenner Brief first reported on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this week. Since it failed to be ratified in the Senate, 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? America has prospered as a nation because it has always protected its sovereignty. The Constitution and the rule of law have been the guiding principle on which this country is governed. The laws that govern other countries may be good for those countries, but they do not apply to the United States and were never intended to.

Claiming that once the treaty was signed, the United Nations would not be able to tell us what to do is patently false. Under Article 14.2 of the Convention participants “shall ensure that if persons with disabilities are deprived of their liberty through any process, they are, on an equal basis with others, entitled to guarantees in accordance with international human rights law and shall be treated in compliance with the objectives and principles of this Convention, including by provision of reasonable accommodation.” Who will enforce these international human rights laws if the Convention decides the U.S. has deprived someone of their liberties? Who decides what is “reasonable accomodation”? When taken with Article 15.1, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (which the treaty fails to define), Kerry is willfully ignoring the untenable position this country would likely be forced into by a world body eagerly awaiting the opportunity to put America in her “proper” place.

Article 4.1(a) states that countries must “adopt all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention.” And 4.2(b) says members must “take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities.” The United States may have a vote in the determination of which laws, regulations, customs and practices constitute discrimination, but the Convention body will have the final say. Reservations incompatible with the object and purpose of the present Convention shall not be permitted (Article 46.1).

Senator Kerry claims that ratifying this “unenforceable” treaty exports America’s sovereignty abroad. How hypocritical! The left claims the United States interferes in foreign affairs and has no right to do so. But they’ll use people with disabilities to foist America’s power, dominion, and authority on others, and this is perfectly acceptable? That is a human rights violation perpetrated against the disabled.

Furthermore, Kerry’s claim that the treaty is unenforceable is the boldest lie of all. According
to the United States Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 2, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby; any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” That Kerry would blatantly prevaricate to the American public speaks volumes about his understanding of the Constitution, the general population’s understanding of the Document on which this nation was built, or both.

The most frightening aspect of Kerry’s interview is his claim that two Republicans voted “yes” on the floor, but then “changed their vote because of what is happening,” while several others promised to vote for it once they were out of the lame duck session and beyond the fiscal cliff. The left is determined to pass this treaty, in spite of (or perhaps because of) what it will do to America. It would behoove conservatives across the country to continue to put pressure on their senators to vote “no” to CRPD.
Progressives are successful in pushing their agenda through because they never quit. “No” doesn’t mean “no” when rendered in opposition to their agenda. While conservatives believe they won the war and walk away, the left demonizes and vilifies anyone who failed to fall in line with them, setting the narrative for the next battle. The right believes if they ignore the lies, they’ll go away.

The next time the legislation is brought forth, the public has accepted the left’s message and the left uses that to beat the right into submission, thereby winning the war.

It is time for Republicans in Congress to behave like the leaders we elected them to be. If they won’t, it’s time for conservatives to rise up and remove them from office, replacing them with principled leaders who aren’t afraid to get bloody. The future of our Republic depends upon it.

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