Burr embarrasses himself and North Carolina

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.



  1. P Newton

    December 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    It had something in about forced abortion and think (not sure) that is why it was voted down.

  2. Frank Burns

    December 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    We should never support a bill that cedes our sovereinity to the UN.

  3. Richard G. Isaacs

    December 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Another one for Burr to add to his list. He also voted against the Veterans’ Jobs Corps Act.

  4. david esmay

    December 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Burr, like the rest of the Retardlicans who voted against this, are nothing more than coterie of ignorant, petty and small minded individuals, that also includes you Frank. The UN resolution basically makes our ADA laws multinational. That means a veteran in a wheel chair traveling overseas will have the same access to public places they have here Frank, how the hell is that sacrificing our sovereignty? Frank Burns, lowering the collective IQ of NC on a daily basis.

  5. Terry

    December 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    What do the parents of special-needs kids say? That this hate-filled legislation would have taken away ALL of their individual rights. Thank you, Senator Burr, for listening to real people!

  6. William

    December 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Why do we need to have the UN tell us how to treat our people. After all, look at the great job they have done in the rest of the world. Yep, they have stopped the murder of hundreds of thousands in Africa. They have stopped Iran from going nuclear and kept the North Koreans in check. Yea, like we need a bunch of dictators and the like telling us how to run our country. One dictator at a time is one too many.

  7. david esmay

    December 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    William, are you a complete moron? The resolution basically adopts and expands OUR ADA overseas. The UN isn’t telling us anything, they are simply advocating for those with disabilities globally.

  8. Frank Burns

    December 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Good point William. Another issue the UN is trying to impose on us are carbon reduction regulations. We need to avoid any agreements with the UN, I see all pain with no gain.

  9. Alex O'Connor

    December 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Many of us with Disabilities called Burr last week to ask him to support this. I am disappointed.

  10. cleansweep

    December 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Richard Burr a man who helped write the veterans job act and then when told to, voted against it, Do we elect Senators to vote for the people or follow the leader?

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