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Without a single Thought, DeJa-Vu all over again, as to those who serve and are sent into their rubber stamped wars of choice, on the countries credit card same for their care after as many returning are now very different then when sent, as well as the Worlds Disabled!!

As they've done over and over for decades, especially this present one plus. As they continue under funding, through obstruction and or seeking cuts while the continued want to privatize grows, the Veterans Administrations Budget. Thus causing many of the problems that arise within the peoples responsibility for that agency which cost much more to correct in time and capital, not a thought as to disabled veterans, soldiers and families of no matter where found in the world today now. As well as once again greatly damaging that once moral authority of this Country around the World, in this case as to the disabled of!

Dole Appears, but G.O.P. Rejects a Disabilities Treaty
WASHINGTON — December 4, 2012 - Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas sat slightly slumped in his wheelchair on the Senate floor on Tuesday, staring intently as Senator John Kerry gave his most impassioned speech all year, in defense of a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities.

Senator Harry Reid: “It is a sad day when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the American standard for protecting people with disabilities because the Republican Party is in thrall to extremists and ideologues,” he said in a statement. read more>>>

When ever I hear talk or arguments about tax cuts,especially on the National scale but also as to States for they too have Veterans Agencies, my first thoughts are the decades long underfunded responsibility of the people, the Veterans Administrations, and even more so when Congresses are quickly okaying full funding, open checks and all borrowed, for our wars of choice. Or even for the photo op invasions, think Grenada and Panama to name but a couple, as a show of the strength of the civilian and military leaders and the countries military might.

That's how I tie the Disabilities Treaty to but one group of the Disabled, the Military and Veterans of as well as their family members who to may be, and found Worldwide!

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  •  There was a picture in my local paper... (31+ / 0-)

    last week of Rick Santorum holding his disabled child, and I gave a cursory glance to the cutline and said, "Oh, Santorum's actually doing something good for a change, coming out in favor of" --

    And then I actually read the cutline and, of course, no, Santorum was not doing something good. He was being his usual prick self, cloaked in the nonsense that the UN was poised to take over America, yadda-yadda-yadda.

    Santorum was one of the cheerleaders against the U.S. signing this treaty, and he helped get enough GOP senators to vote against it.

    I swear, we should nominate Santorum to be the Anti-President of the United States. Everything he proposes, we promptly do the opposite.

    The GOP has been hijacked by certifiable lunatics. The 36 GOP senators who voted against this treaty should carry the shame of this vote around their necks for the rest of their (hopefully short) political careers.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:32:31 AM PST

  •  I Live Less Than 5 Miles From A Huge Base (16+ / 0-)

    and a number of VA Hospitals. You talk to vets near me and they will tell you they get the best health care money can buy. But alas not everybody lives where I live or near a base. That pains me. I don't care what happens, but you serve (I am a military brat) and then our government (insert you or me) takes care of you. That is just the social compact as I understand it!

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:38:42 AM PST

    •  I'm 90-plus miles from the VAMC in (0+ / 0-)

      Big Spring, but that is, bar none, the best hospital I've ever been to.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:29:35 AM PST

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  •  This is what the GOP is opposed to: (24+ / 0-)


    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. The Convention entered into force on 3May 2008.

    The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as "objects" of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.

    The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

    The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006, making it the fastest negotiated human rights treaty.

    Here's a link to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    This is and should be a human rights issue, pure and simple.  

    •  Everytime, (11+ / 0-)

      Especially after this past decade plus and continuing, but have for over forty years, they do something that affects the Veteran brothers and sisters, myself I'm not disabled from my service, I hammer them about it, in person and since this technology online as well!!

      With this issue, and Dole being on the floor and now in a wheel chair, I'm not the only one. A few articles I read this morning point to some of the comments, especially Kerry's, made on the floor of the Senate chamber yesterday mentioning the Veterans, as well as even the reports coming from NPR this morning which I'm listening to.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:53:38 AM PST

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    •  This is... (5+ / 0-)

      one of those moments where you wonder if it's even possible for the republicans to govern. Sadly, I think they have moved beyond even the possibility. What really sucks, is that this "no" vote is going to represent our ideals for a lot of people around the globe. So sad!

    •  Stupid GOP cranks think only the RICH have rights (1+ / 0-)
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      and only GOP scripted talking points are valid 'facts.'

      Having a powerful governing body acting like this is embarrassing, but 'we the people' need to let the world know that they don't represent the majority of US Americans on this issue.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 02:19:55 AM PST

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    •  Repubes....venal....mean-spirited.... callous (12+ / 0-)



      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:55:33 AM PST

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    •  I'm honestly not shocked (7+ / 0-)

      Look at the list of "No" votes downthread. There isn't one name on there that's a surprise. Alexander and Chambliss have the excuse that they're fighting off primary challenges, but it's a pretty weak excuse. These are the venal ones, the nasty ones, the ones who use attacks on the U.N. (their favorite pre-Obama boogeyman) as a way to keep the faithful happy back at home. Anyone who's home-schooling on religious grounds is an important sub-group for these neanderthals, and this vote plays to every one of them. They voted true to form, every mother's son

      No surprises with the "Yes" votes, either. Because of their friendship with BobDole, McCain and Lieberman were always going to vote "Yes" -- even though Lieberman's knee-jerk response should have been to attack anything with "U.N." attached to it because of the "terrible insults" they've thrown at Israel lately. ("Recognize the government of Palestine? Tell Israel they have to let someone inspect the Arsenal That Shall Not Be Mentioned? How DARE you, sir!") Thankfully, on this one, Droopy told AIPAC to have a nice brimming bowl of STFU. Too bad it didn't help.

      Proponents of the bill were hoping Dole's visit would be like Robert Byrd's appearance for the healthcare vote. The problem there is the GOP -- "their" GOP -- doesn't have that kind of heart. Never did, never will.

      "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

      by Oliver Tiger on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:09:23 AM PST

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  •  Has the IAVA... (6+ / 0-)

    released any statement about this slap in the face?  I can't find anything with a cursory Google search.  Rachel Maddow has said on her show that you do NOT fuck around with IAVA; well, the GOP has fucked them over with the treaty.  If she's correct about their political influence, I wonder what will they do now.

    •  Don't hold your breath (0+ / 0-)

      Sadly, though not many within the ranks of, act just like the long established Veterans orgs. re-active and not pro-active. The leadership from might come out after others, individuals, already have but frankly they should have been ahead of this already as it does relate to these times!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:56:51 AM PST

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  •  the UN taking over the US through treaty has been (13+ / 0-)

    a constant drum beat in the homeschooling movement.  Especially the uber "patriotic" Christian homeschooling movement (there are others).

    It is constantly peddled, pushed, spoon fed, etc. by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) which homeschoolers, especially those new to homeschooling, are encouraged to belong too -- because somewhere there is a threat to homeschooling and you may be denied the ability to home school.

    Many homeschoolers, especially the liberal ones, believe HSLDA has done more to harm homeschooling in this country than help it.

    HSLDA was founded by the same man who founded Patrick Henry College, Michael Farris.

    IMHO HSLDA should be monitored by liberal groups so there are no surprises as to what comes out of there, and what they espouse for their members ... which (like not ratifying this treaty) can come to pass.

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:54:36 AM PST

    •  Much of this movement (7+ / 0-)

      Of homeschooling gives great pause as to what they're actually teaching their kids, some really do follow what the schools are doing, especially when they condemn others on many issues while they themselves practice either exactly same or close to, radical religious ideology is a good example!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:00:11 AM PST

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      •  don't lump all homeschoolers in the evangelical (1+ / 0-)
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        Christian homeschooling movement.

        Actually evangelical Christian homeschoolers are more likely to "school at home," which is to say they replicate a classroom and the work in a classroom in their homes.

        Many of them also follow the curriculums/text of various Christian publishers who supply Christian private schools.
        Publishers like:

        Bob Jones University
        to name a few

        Some will mix and match, but I've known a few who will use the same publisher and their program all the way through.

        They are not the people who will unschool -- infact in the 90s not only did Christian homeschooling discourage unschooling, many had never even heard about it.

        Those who do "school at home" including liberal Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Atheists, etc. will purchase their textbooks from mainstream publishers like MacGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin etc.

        Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

        by Clytemnestra on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:26:13 AM PST

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  •  Please add Lawrence O'Donnel's commentary (15+ / 0-)

    to the diary, it is on this subject and is masterful:

    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    •  Does anyone know who the other guy in a (1+ / 0-)
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      wheelchair is? I thought this situation was so unique because it was my understanding that only senators (past or present) were allowed on the Senate floor, and both Bob and Elizabeth Dole had been senators. But then there was this other guy, and no one on MSNBC said who he was. In fact, on one of the shows they kept showing him (the other guy) being wheeled down the aisle as they talked about Bob Dole being there. Anyone know?

  •  Here's more info/background on what happened (9+ / 0-)

    Republicans Cite Abortion, Home Schooling to Defeat UN Disability Treaty
    Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans -- including veterans -- while they are in foreign countries.

    Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, 61 to 38.

    At an event with former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) late last month, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced that 36 Republicans had signed a letter pledging to vote against the treaty.

    Essay: The Roots of Opposition to the U.N. Disability Convention

  •  Here is the list of the republicans that said "No" (7+ / 0-)

    I any are in your state---call them!!!

    NAYs ---38
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Blunt (R-MO)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coats (R-IN)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Heller (R-NV)
    Hoeven (R-ND)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    Lee (R-UT)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Portman (R-OH)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Wicker (R-MS)

  •  Georgia senators Isakson and Chambliss voted no. (7+ / 0-)

    A big day for men with no honor and their no-information- voter cronies.

    By the way, Georgia veterans AGAINST Chambliss, it's never too early to organize.

    Private health insurance: a protection racket without the protection.

    by rustypatina on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:11:32 AM PST

  •  This is not a surprise... (8+ / 0-)

    as I commented elsewhere,

    Congress refused to ratify a 1980 covenant on Discrimination Against Women

    Congress refused to ratify the 1995 covenant on the Rights of the Child. Only Somalia and the USA have refused to ratify this treaty, which forbids capital punishment of minors.

    Congress refused to ratify the 1977 covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:33:27 AM PST

  •  I'm convinced Texas is exporting Teh StUpid (4+ / 0-)

    at an ever increasing pace and wants to spread its influence to every corner of this round earth. FYI.... I'm stuck in Texas so I have an inside view of it. I'm frustrated at the prevalence of Teh StUpid  I see every day. As a veteran, I've reached my boiling point on this issue! Actually if you ask family and friends they might tell you I've been boiling over for a while now. It's infuriating to see the lack of compliance with laws for the handicapped that are already on the books.
    I'll go into more detail later in a blog post I'm working on, but I have recently had my own mother, who uses an electric wheelchair to get around, have to be carried up the courthouse steps in San Antonio by 6 passing lawyers, because there is no clear marked handicapped entrance. I was not present at the time, but apparently the lawyers, didn't even know where it was! How sad is that? Teh StUpid is alive and well in Texas, and it seems to be going viral!

    Goodbye American Dream....

    by Fireshadow on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:38:26 AM PST

  •  I don't understand the point of the treaty (0+ / 0-)

    My morning paper said that the UN treaty was based on the Americans with Disabilites Act.

    But we already have that Act written into law.  So what does signing a treaty based on existing law do differently?

    If we want changes made to American law, don't we need to have Congress pass new laws first?  This seems like much ado about nothing.

    •  Say What??? (0+ / 0-)

      Have another cup of coffee or Stop and piss out the over dose of!!

      You just made No sense at all!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:12:25 AM PST

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      •  Our laws are made by Congress, not the UN (0+ / 0-)

        If we want better treatment of the disabled in this country, then we need to have Congress pass better laws.  

        Does signing the UN treaty automatically put new laws in effect?  Does it force Congress to act?  It's a serious question.

        •  The treaty doesn't change American law at all. (3+ / 0-)

          In fact, as your morning paper said, this is an international treaty to bring the parameters of the ADA to the world. It means all the countries that ratify it are willing to treat their disabled citizens the same as ours are already treated. This will also help all disabled people to be able to travel anywhere.

          The problem is that by not ratifying it, the US looks really bad to the rest of the world. It's almost like we're mocking them.

        •  Hey the Norm (0+ / 0-)

          You got a real heavy dose of the teabag running through ya, a Real Heavy Dose!!!!!!!!!

          Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

          by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:10:09 AM PST

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          •  Um, no. (0+ / 0-)

            If thinking for myself means I have a "dose of the teabag", you may want to re-evaluate what you're advocating for.  Let me break it down for you:

            The US passes the Americans for Disibility Act, which is real legislation that does real good things for real people.

            The UN then writes a treaty, which isn't real legislation and doesn't do anything real.  Countries around the world say they'll pass real legislation and protect real people, only if every other country first signs the treaty.  Meanwhile, their disabled citizens sit and wait.

            Next, 6 Republican senators refuse to sign the treaty, which has no impact on the already passed American laws the treaty is based on.  I agree it looks like a dick move, and there was no reason not to sign it.  But here's the rub....

            So all those countries that were going to implement ADA laws of their own back home (real actions for real people), now aren't going to do so, because 6 Republicans "mocked" them?  They were going to help the disabled, and now they're not?  And that's resonable behavior to you?

            Actions speak louder than words.  The ADA is American law.  If other countries want to protect their disabled citizens, then they will pass ADA style laws themselves.  In fact, they should have already passed them.  They don't need to wait for a UN treaty, they shouldn't wait for a UN treaty.

            Or do we really live in a world where global progress stops because 6 Republicans vote no?  Again, is that resonable behavior to you?  To give 6 republicans that much power?

            The rest of the world can simply tell the Republicans to go to hell and pass new laws anyway.  Because this UN treaty doesn't do anything real, nothing bad happens because 6 republicans didn't vote for it. It's rediculous to think that way.  But I'm sure the GOP just loves all the authority you give them.  They just shut down the UN, and you agree!

            If that makes me a teabagger, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

    •  It's a human rights issue (3+ / 0-)
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      Here's a summary of the treaty.

      •  But what does it actually DO? (0+ / 0-)

        It clarifies, and qualifies, and reaffirms, and several other buzzwords.  But what does the treaty actually do?  Are any new laws passed?  Is any real action taken?  Any real changes made?

        I've been in corporate America for 15 years, and I know the difference between action and pretty sounding words that do nothing.  This sounds like the latter.

        •  Anyone who lives with a disability or lives with (0+ / 0-)

          someone who has a disability knows what this treaty can do toward changing the perception and ultimately the treatment of those living with disabilities.  Many people with disabilities are marginalized, disregarded, abused, neglected, discriminated against and considered less than and not capable.  They are under attack by the GOP for receiving SSI and Medicaid.  They want to work, but because they may need some accomodations or extra support, they aren't hired.

          Acknowledging that people with disabilities deserve dignity and opportunities is a step in improving their lives.  Even with ADA, this country has a long way to go in providing education and opportunities for those with disabilities.  The fact that the U.S. won't even sign a treaty that is modeled after our laws is despicable.  

          If you need more information, read below.

          Article 1 - Purpose

          The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

          Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

          Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

           Article 1 - Purpose
           Article 2 - Definitions
           Article 3 - General principles
           Article 4 - General obligations
           Article 5 - Equality and non-discrimination
           Article 6 - Women with disabilities
           Article 7 - Children with disabilities
           Article 8 - Awareness-raising
           Article 9 - Accessibility
           Article 10 - Right to life
           Article 11 - Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies
           Article 12 - Equal recognition before the law
           Article 13 - Access to justice
           Article 14 - Liberty and security of person
           Article 15 - Freedom of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
           Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse
           Article 17 - Protecting the integrity of the person
           Article 18 - Liberty of movement and nationality
           Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community
           Article 20 - Personal mobility
           Article 21 - Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
           Article 22 - Respect for privacy
           Article 23 - Respect for home and the family
           Article 24 - Education
           Article 25 - Health
           Article 26 - Habilitation and rehabilitation
           Article 27 - Work and employment
           Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection
           Article 29 - Participation in political and public life
           Article 30 - Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport
           Article 31 - Statistics and data collection
           Article 32 - International cooperation
           Article 33 - National implementation and monitoring
           Article 34 - Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
           Article 35 - Reports by States Parties
           Article 36 - Consideration of reports
           Article 37 - Cooperation between States Parties and the Committee
           Article 38 - Relationship of the Committee with other bodies
           Article 39 - Report of the Committee
           Article 40 - Conference of States Parties
           Article 41 - Depositary
           Article 42 - Signature
           Article 43 - Consent to be bound
           Article 44 - Regional integration organizations
           Article 45 - Entry into force
           Article 46 - Reservations
           Article 47 - Amendments
           Article 48 - Denunciation
           Article 49 - Accessible format
           Article 50 - Authentic texts

          Convention and Optional Protocol Signatures and Ratifications

          Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

          Why is it necessary to have a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

           The Convention is necessary in order to have a clear reaffirmation that the rights of persons with disabilities are human rights and to strengthen respect for these rights.  Although existing human rights conventions offer considerable potential to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, it became clear that this potential was not being tapped.  Indeed, persons with disabilities continued being denied their human rights and were kept on the margins of society in all parts of the world.   This continued discrimination against persons with disabilities highlighted the need to adopt a legally binding instrument which set out the legal obligations on States to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

          Why is the Convention unique?

          The Convention is the first human rights convention of the 21st century and the first legally binding instrument with comprehensive protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.  While the Convention does not establish new human rights, it does set out with much greater clarity the obligations on States to promote, protect and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities.   Thus, the Convention not only clarifies that States should not discriminate against persons with disabilities, it also sets out the many steps that States must take to create an enabling environment so that persons with disabilities can enjoy real equality in society.  For example, the Convention requires States to take measures to ensure accessibility of the physical environment and information and communications technology.  Similarly, States have obligations in relation to raising awareness, promoting access to justice, ensuring personal mobility, and collecting disaggregated data relevant to the Convention.  In this way, the Convention goes into much greater depth than other human rights treaties in setting out the steps that States should take to prohibit discrimination and achieve equality for all.

          The Convention incorporates a social development perspective.  The Convention recognizes the importance of international cooperation and its promotion to support national implementation efforts.  An innovation in this regard concerns specific references to actions the international community could take to promote international cooperation such as:

          • ensuring that international development programmes are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities;
           • facilitating and supporting capacity-building;
           • facilitating cooperation in research and access to scientific and technical knowledge;
           • providing technical and economic assistance as appropriate.

      •  The Reply (0+ / 0-)

        Reads like the reason given to vote 'nay', that the treaty changes the U.S. Law or the fear it will, greatly unfounded, instead of being a push for others to follow what we did successfully, though still room for improvement, which is what most treaties are including those we've signed onto that others put forth.

        I read it as a bit of teabag mentality being injected!!

        Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

        by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:05:10 AM PST

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    •  Many of those that voted no (4+ / 0-)

      would love to "disable" the ADA as it's teh evils regulations that harmzez the job creators job creatin'. Signing an international treaty based on ADA makes not LIBERTY or something.
      Look at what is going on in the UK regarding the disabled, forcing them (even some very severely disabled) to work for their benefits, even though there are few jobs. You can glimpse their end game, another level of indentured labor.

  •  All those assclowns posing for pics with Bob Dole (3+ / 0-)
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    and then voting Nay. Because Freedom. Or Black Helicopters. Or Communism. I hope Bob remembers that special moment, and his special friends.

  •  Sanitarium said that (2+ / 0-)
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    Rick Sanitarium(he belongs in one with his way of thinking) said that smart people vote Dem and that republicans will never get the smart vote.. republicans only support the troops when they are doing republicans dirty work, but when it comes time to really "support" the troops they flush them down the toilet along with everyone else who doesn`t fall in line ..

    •  Including the Veterans with them (1+ / 0-)
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      Doing the biggest 'sin', though sin isn't a word or guilt in that cult, any Military or Veteran of does, leaving your brothers and sisters behind, in these cases on the homeland turf, in the battles fought!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:14:57 AM PST

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    •  To Totally, (0+ / 0-)

      Not Surprised, leave out any thought as to Military personal serving who've become disabled or their family members who are, serving around the planet, as well as the whole disabled Veterans Community some being expats others traveling, of wanting to see others move up to the standards we've set for our own and their disabilities is way beyond Galling! But like I said I'm not surprised, even with the example of Dole, brought in for and a supporter of, on the Senate floor.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:25:20 AM PST

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  •  I'll post this here (6+ / 0-)

    might as well

  •  This is my statement (5+ / 0-)

    short & not sweet.  As a partially disabled Vietnam veteran who served honorably (no combat) in the USAF - I would say to the party of the supreme chickenhawks and liars and legislative thugs who are holding us all hostage, fuck you - all of you, from Dick Cheney on down.  This is a disgusting turn of events.  The right wing extremist/Teabagging influence on our nation is going to be fatal if it is not stopped.  I believe this from the bottom of my heart.  

    Raise taxes on the 2%.  Over 49%.  If I had my way (I am a political scientist who studied governments in Europe and Asia, as well as our US government), the Teabagging worldview is like a metasticizing cancer that seeks to destroy good government.  god help the people of the US.

    PEACE & Solidarity

  •  Disgraceful..... (3+ / 0-)
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    Every last one of the 38 Republicans who voted NO.  Orrin Hatch has just dishonored himself in front of his old friend, Bob Dole.  Yesterday he walked right past Bob Dole & voted against him.

    Bob just got out of the hospital & was in a wheelchair.  But he was man enough to stand for this Treaty.  Hatch just stuck it to him.

  •  think some of these guys were avenging (0+ / 0-)

    themselves on Dole for his past Senatorial stances?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:41:23 AM PST

  •  Besides all the reasons already mentioned above (0+ / 0-)

    it is beyond despicable that these Republican Senators refuse to acknowledge or support saving the lives and protecting the human rights of countless thousands like many described here:

    *Trigger Warning --- site includes disturbing photos and text.

    Disability Rights International (DRI)

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