Rick Santorum Fights Against U.N. Treaty for People With Disabilities

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Yep, let it sink in. This twisted Tea Fart is fighting against a treaty aimed to improve people with disabilities lives simply because his Teabagger antennae are overtuned. And he hasn't ruled out running for President again in 2016.

Joining Santorum was Tea Party favorite Sen. Mike Lee from Utah and members of the Home School Legal Defense Association, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of parents who home school. The treaty, which was negotiated during the George W. Bush administration and signed by 126 countries, will be taken up by the Senate during the lame-duck session. The document essentially requires signatories to update their laws for persons with disabilities, and supporters say it could effect real change for those facing mistreatment around the world.

But Lee said he had "grave concerns" about the treaty's impact on the authority of America, and that he had gathered signatures from 36 Republicans who opposed the ratification of the treaty for similar reasons.

Mike Farris, head of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said he worried that the treaty would give the government "unilateral ability" to impact people with disabilities while parents should "get the choice of what's best for their child." Earlier, the association had expressed concern that the treaty would allow the federal government to require children with disabilities be enrolled in public schools and not be home schooled.

"We have set leadership in the world for people with disabilities. Adopting this treaty will do nothing to improve that, or people with disabilities overseas," Santorum told Whispers. "This is undermining parents, and adopting a standard that is something that folks are justifiably afraid of—which is the state having priority over the parent as to what's in the best interest of the child."

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  • r_dale

    Mikey Lee (R-PunchMe face) only got elected on the wave of the tea tantrum in 2010 because it was so virulent in Glenbeckistan (Utah).  He defeated a good Republican senator, Bob Bennett, and since that time has done nothing but establish his reputation as a spoiled baby, thereby embarrassing the entire state of Utah (and given who else we've sent to Congress, that's saying a lot!)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    Santorum told Whispers: “This is undermining parents, and
    adopting a standard that is something that folks are justifiably afraid
    of—which is the state having priority over the parent as to what’s in
    the best interest of the child.”

    It's funny how Santorum and his fellow wingnut teabaggers are worried about "the state having priority over the parent as to what's in the best interest of the child" -- but, have no qualms about the state having priority over the individual as to insertion of a vaginal probe . . .

    And he hasn’t ruled out running for President again in 2016.

    That's good to hear.  Democrats need to keep control of the White House for at least another four years after President Obama; Frothy Rick's campaign will help insure it.

  • http://nefariousnewt.blogspot.com NefariousNewt

    The only thing that I am "justifiably afraid of" in this nation is people like Rick Santorum and their baseless ignorance being put in positions of power or being given a platform to spread their malarkey as if it were somehow the stature of The Gettysburg Address. Go away, little man, you bother me!