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Cognitive dissonance is the ability of certain brains to simultaneously hold contradictory beliefs.  OK, I think there oughta be enough $5 words in that first sentence to scare away the trolls.  Now I should be able speak freely to my intended, progressive audience.  ;-)

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans rejected a UN treaty on the disabled, with some of them saying that signing onto the treaty would be a blow to "America's sovereignty".  This treaty is, in fact, based on the American With Disabilities act, which is already the law of the land, hereabouts.  It states the opinion that OTHER nations should treat THEIR disabled at least as well as we treat ours.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we spend much of the last 3 months listening to Mittch-A-Sketch and Gilligan, telling us about how Obama is trying to make the US more like the rest of the world, and that ain't right, because we SHOULD be trying to make the rest of the world more like us??  I can see only ONE situation in which  signing on to this treaty could have any effect on American Sovereignty is if the Republican'ts are eventually hoping to find an opportunity to ELIMINATE the  American With Disabilities act.  Then, perhaps, their position makes SOME sense.

This morning, I hear that the Senate is taking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, and that the GOP can barely restrain their enthusiasm it!  So, what does this agreement do?  It allows transnational corporations to effectively challenge any and all regulations set in place by the duly elected representatives of any signatory nations, if said
regulations might impact their bottom line.  In other words, it essentially DESTROYS the sovereignty of any nation that signs on to it.

So why is it that our "friends" on the right find the first agreement TERRIBLE but the second one ESSENTIAL?  I guess it's because the first agreement might actually cost their lords and masters a couple bucks, but the second could save them BILLIONS!

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

    by mstaggerlee on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:14:41 PM PST

  •  Sovereignty (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    There's a lot of hype on the TPP.  We have bilateral investment treaties or free trade agreements with almost 60 countries that have these same provisions.  So far we haven't lost our sovereignty, and we haven't changed a single rule or regulation because of them.

    Also, the Senate is not taking the TPP up as far as I know.  It's still being negotiated.

    History will be kind to us because we will write it.

    by Sky Net on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:39:17 PM PST

    •  Ah, but we HAVE - (0+ / 0-)

      but,so far, they're small changes, and perhaps they go unnoticed.  Do you remember "dolphin-safe" tuna?  Canned fish products for sale in the US can no longer be marked as "dolphin-safe" because of a lawsuit brought under one of these free-trade agreements.

      OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

      by mstaggerlee on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:27:27 AM PST

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  •  to play devils advocate, (4+ / 0-)
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    Sky Net, VClib, nextstep, Ice Blue

    trade agreements really only have two components: reduce tariffs and treat furriners like Americans when it comes to trade and investment.  international human rights law, OTOH, touches on more sensitive stuff (reproductive rights egal).

    also, we can always pull out of trade treaties if we don't like them.  international human rights law, otoh, is sorta irreversible once it accretes and becomes customary international law.  so that suggests that the best way to defend democracy - ie, the rights of US citizens to determine their own laws - is by opposing treaties unless there's a really, really good reason to join them and we can be sure there won't be negative unintended consequences (this is basically the precautionary principle applied to treaties)

  •  What a bunch of barbarians. (2+ / 0-)
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    freerad, Ice Blue

    But on the bright side the RepoBaggers just shaved probably  a couple hundred thou more voters off their rolls.

    Most families, at some point, have to deal with a person who has a temporary or moderate level of disability.
    Just trying to get around on crutches to do normal weekly chores and work can be an eye opening experience.

    Say Buh By to those nice people Republicans.  They will likely be gone for years if not forever.

    •  Marnie - but don't we have the ADA (0+ / 0-)

      for US residents? Would approving this treaty change anything in the US?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:09:03 PM PST

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      •  Not a damn thing! (0+ / 0-)

        ... and that was kinda my POINT!  This treaty was a WHOLESALE endorsement of OUR Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by a REPUBLICAN President, by the member nations of the UN - so, of course, WE put the kibosh on it!  Why?  Because the 'baggers HATE EVERYTHING about the UN, and those who voted against it did so out of fear of facing a 'bagger primary oppoonent next time they run.

        OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

        by mstaggerlee on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:34:56 AM PST

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  •  Help me understand this treaty (0+ / 0-)

    I am not sure how these treaties work. Does the US have to approve this treaty for it to be effective? Or does each country sign if they agree to abide by the treaty, independent of what other counties do? If some number of member nations agree does that have any bearing on countries that don't sign? If the ADA is already in effect in the US does this treaty have a real impact on the disabled in the US if we sign, or not?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:12:46 PM PST

    •  As permanent members of the Security Council ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... I know that our vote carries more weight than that of other countries.  Outside of that, I'm not certain whether or not the lack of our endorsement would necessarily block passage.  

      OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

      by mstaggerlee on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:37:30 AM PST

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  •  The answer is simple (1+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue

    Certain conservatives have drunk their own Kool Aid and are so incredibly paranoid and fearful about ANYTHING relating to the UN that they'll lie outright or else believe any ridiculous conspiracy theory about the UN's secret plans to take away America's sovereignty.

  •  Here's what I wrote to my senator (Rubio) (0+ / 0-)

    I am fighting to be measured writing you about this. There are few absolutes, but it was absolutely wrong to vote against a treaty to raise the rights of the disabled internationally to the standards we have had since the elder Bush was president.

    Do you feel the same way about human rights in Cuba? I didn't think so.

    You are welcome to ignore my opinion because I'm a Dem constituent, but that narrowness is a problem that will continue to dog the GOP. This isn't ephemeral stuff about the age of the earth, but it is theological in the sense you said you were talking about re the age of the earth. We are both Christians. As such, we are taught that the New Covenant judges us on our treatment of our neighbors. We can disagree on whether that means big federal welfare spending, but access for the disabled is Gospel-based, and when you get asked at the end about what you've done for the infirm, I hope you will have a better answer than you have now.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:25:36 AM PST

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