Did Senator McCain and other proponents lie when they said that this dangerous treaty would help disabled American veterans who travel and work abroad? Supporters of UN CRPD have touted how many veterans groups support ratifying CRPD. They have failed to mention that one of the largest veterans’ groups, AMVETS, pulled their support earlier this year:
“A national veteran’s service organization has pulled its backing of a UN treaty intended to improve the lives of disabled people, saying nothing in the agreement would benefit veterans living or traveling overseas.
The 230,000 member AMVETS group was among 21 veterans’ organization and military associations that backed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 30, 2012.
AMVETS should be commended. They did not blindly follow and give support to this treaty simply because someone said it would “help the disabled”. The phrases “improving accessibilty” and “protecting rights of the disabled” carry much emotional appeal. Yet the promises themselves ring false. Oh, the things we can learn when we actually read and review something before passing it.
I am disgusted that senators like McCain, Durbin, Barrasso, and Ayotte are using veterans and people with disabilities to promote their own personal agenda of getting this treaty ratified. Do they have no shame? Of course not. Next week they will be at it again.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet once again in an effort to get this treaty pushed through and on to the full Senate floor for a vote. They are hoping we will be uninformed and apathetic.
We must NOT let this treaty get passed! It will do nothing to help the disabled. What it will do is potentially take away the rights of parents to make medical and educational decisions for their disabled kids.
This treaty would allow the UN to decide what is in the best interest of disabled children and require UN oversight. Ultimately the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a threat to our personal freedoms and US sovereignty.
Written by: Donna Mauney
Donna is a homeschooling mother of eight children, 5 biological and 3 adopted. She became involved in politics when she started homeschooling, in order to protect her rights as a parent and freedom to homeschool. Since then she has been active in several campaigns on a grassroots level.
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