On Tuesday, the Senate fell short of the two-thirds vote required to ratify a United Nations treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. All the votes against were Republican.
The treaty requires no change to U.S. law, and is patterned after the standards in the Americans With Disabilities Act. It would be a non-binding international standard.
I cannot understand the current thinking of the far right senators who voted against this treaty signed by President Bush. Does this signal a growing isolationism, a disregard of the status of people with disabilities, or what? Was this just another of their tantrums, like the two-year-olds they emulate in their series of votes against anything supported by the current administration?
I am concerned that the Unites States is losing its leadership, its credibility, even its voice in the world, on issues of democracy, justice and equal treatment under the law for all persons.