In the late 1980s, in response to protests by disabled Americans, who demanded access to public places and services that the rest of us enjoy routinely, moderate Republicans had a great idea that came to fruition as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It worked so well, that the UN sought to make it the standard for the entire world. Sadly, moderate Republicans have no influence in the party today.
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday blocked a treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination despite a passionate plea from former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in World War Two.
The Senate voted 61-38 to pass the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, falling short of the 66 votes needed to ratify the treaty.
The former Republican presidential nominee and Senate majority leader from Kansas tried to persuade Republicans to ratify the treaty and sat in a wheelchair on the sidelines of the Senate floor as lawmakers voted.
Only eight Republicans, including Vietnam War veteran Senator John McCain of Arizona, voted with the Democratic majority in the Senate.
"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," said top Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada… [emphasis added]
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Both Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow covered this shameful Republican extremism. Ed discussed it with Ilyse Hogue and Howard Fineman.
John Kerry is spot-on. In the absence of any rational reason to oppose this treaty, Republicans have resorted to dishonest Teabuggery.
Rachel covered the issue’s history discussed this InsaniTEA with Steve Clemons.
Once again, today’s Republicans have rejected a non-controversial measure that began as a Republican idea. I don’t believe for a minute that the Republican leadership believes Rick "Google My Name" Santorum’s wacko conspiracy theory. I suspect that that their real opposition stems from wanting to help multinational corporations increase their profit margins by refusing assess to disabled people.