Rick Santorum

The mainstream media are in full cry for the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Watch out. When the United Nations starts talking about rights, the truth about what it’s really up to is often carefully concealed. There are always plenty of people in Washington happy to go along with these charades, but the supporters of the CRPD are taking willful blindness to new heights.

Last December, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he was unable to support CRPD because it threatens U.S. sovereignty and federalism. “Ultimately, I’m unable to vote for a treaty that could undermine our Constitution and the legitimacy of our democratic process as the appropriate means for making decisions about the treatment of our citizens,” Senator Corker wrote. This treaty, he warned, doesn’t govern relations between countries but orders countries to change their domestic laws.

Senator Corker’s fears are right on point, but CRPD threatens more than our sovereignty, liberty, and democratic system. It will also hurt the American economy, small businesses, and families, which is the last thing we need right now.

I have been warning for some time that the CRPD borrows language from other dangerous treaties, like the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, that will prevent parents from determining the care of their special-needs children, and it endangers their right to home school any of their children. CRPD hits close to home for my wife, Karen, and me because it could impact the care we give our own special-needs daughter, Bella.

Embracing the United Nations’ “it takes a village” mentality, CRPD would empower the federal government to run roughshod over existing laws that protect parents’ and children’s rights.

The treaty’s supporters tell us that CRPD simply mirrors the Americans with Disabilities Act. Don’t buy that. The ADA is very specific and limited in its scope. Anyone who actually reads the CRPD will see that it is a blunt instrument. It has few specifics but a lot of question marks.

Consider the following:

- CRPD states that its provisions “shall extend to all parts of federal states without any limitations or exceptions.” So much for American federalism.


Rick Santorum

Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works.

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