North Carolina Senator Richard Burr sure must be proud today. Burr was one of 38 Republican senators who blocked Senate approval of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Tuesday, a treaty that was negotiated by the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Steven Benen had a good summary of the story yesterday afternoon.
The treaty would not require the United States to do anything. It would require other countries to improve the way they treat people with disabilities to the level that is currently the law in our own country, “to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.”
The vote came after former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole helped her husband, former senator and Republican icon Bob Dole, make his way on to the Senate floor in a wheelchair to support the treaty that Senator John McCain and seven other Republicans voted for.
Burr however sided with the lunatic fringe who claimed there was a vast conspiracy at play. The headline of the New York Times Editorial Page Editor’s Lawrence Downes’ blog sums the vote up pretty well—“From Republicans, a Parting Slap at Bob Dole and Disabled Americans.”
Here’s how Downes saw it.
The vote was a triumph for Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum and others on the hard-right loon fringe, who have been feverishly denouncing the treaty as a United Nations world-government conspiracy to kill disabled children (you can look it up).
Nice job Senator Burr.