December 2012 Newsletter

Thanks, to the Founding Fathers, U.S. Dodged another Bullet!
38 Votes Protected U.S. from Dangerous U.N. Treaty 

The U.N. helped negotiate over 300 international treaties to expand international law, ranging from human rights treaties to agreements governing the oceans, outer space and diplomatic relations among nations.
1995 United Nations Association of the U.S.A.

The issue on December 4th was whether disabled children and adults in the U.S. could by-pass parents, care-takers and doctors to complain, directly, to the U.N. and give the U.N. control over their treatment and care. Also, any person or group could contact the U.N. on behalf of a disabled person, whether or not the disabled person authorized them to contact the U.N.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been signed by 153 countries and ratified by 117. President Obama signed it July 24, 2009 and 61 U.S. senators voted FOR it on December 4th. Except for the Constitution’s required two-thirds vote and 38 Senators who voted NO, care of disabled U.S. citizens would be subject to U.N. rules.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin thought UNCRPD was good for the U.S. and moved for passage by “unanimous consent” September 19th, with no debate and no roll-call vote. Mr. Durbin’s proposal was blocked when Utah Senator Mike Lee objected from the Senate floor.

The next day, on September 20th, 36 senators, including Senator Lee, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, asking the Senate to refrain from the consideration of treaties during the lame duck session, stating they would oppose any effort to consider a treaty until after the new Congress is seated in January. The request of those 36 senators was not honored and on December 4th the Senate vote of 61 to 38 defeated UNCRPD. Thankfully, Georgia Senators Chambliss and Isakson voted NO!

Why did the treaty fail, with 61 of 99 votes?
To ratify a treaty, the Constitution of the United States requires a two-thirds vote of senators present. On December 4th, of the 99 senators responding to the roll-call vote, 38 voted against it and the 61 voting for it were six shy of the constitutionally required two-thirds.

Homeschoolers are very concerned about Article 7 of UNCRPD.
CRPD allows government to take away parental rights, such as home-schooling for children with disabilities, if the government thinks homeschool is not “in the best interest of the child.”

Treaties threaten U.S. sovereignty.
A treaty signed by the President, is not effective until ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. It does not go to the House. Many dangerous treaties1 have been around for years, but have been kept at bay. Obama wants all of their provisions enacted, whether by executive order or treaty.

ACTION – Thank Georgia senators for voting against UNCRPD! Ask them to vote NO on the treaties listed below.

Senator Saxby Chambliss: Toll-free in D.C., 1 800 234-4208; Savannah, 912 232-3657; Augusta, 706 738-0302; Macon, 478 741-1417; Atlanta 770 763-9090; Moultrie, 229 985-2112; Washington, D.C., 202 224-3521

Senator Johnny Isakson: Toll-free D.C. 1 877 851-6437; Atlanta, 770 661-0999; Washington, D.C., 202 224-3643

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