But that didn't deter the treaty's supporters from trying again. Last December, it was brought forth and defeated again. This led to then-Sen. John Kerry's voicing his anger toward me and those of us who had defeated the treaty and saying, "The United Nations has absolutely zero, zero, I mean zero ability to order or to tell or to even -- I mean, they can suggest -- but they have no legal capacity to tell the United States to do anything under this treaty." Well, he is wrong.
What Kerry doesn't seem to get is that our Constitution takes treaties very seriously. In fact, Article 6 says, "All Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
And the U.N. has an alarming record of forming committees of experts. Last year, it appointed Zimbabwe dictator and brutal human rights violator Robert Mugabe as ambassador for tourism. Is it wrong to somehow presume that those in leadership at the U.N. share our values and will be looking out for our interests? We simply never should give up our sovereignty to anyone, especially to those who support Mugabe.
The U.S. is the world's leader in ensuring that disabled people are protected and cared for. We are the ones who passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. We should be telling the U.N. how to treat the disabled, not the other way around. If I thought for a second that America's ratifying CRPD would help people in the U.S. with disabilities or people overseas like our Bella, I would support it. But it would not.
Yet somehow the CRPD is not dead, and again it's actively being considered by the Senate. Its supporters surely will continue to bring it up until it has the votes to pass. That is why we must take action and contact the offices of our senators and tell them the CRPD is unacceptable and would cause great harm. We will not allow the U.N. to take control from American families in caring for their disabled children. Those decisions will remain with the parents, who truly understand what's in the children's best interest.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works.
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