The following was written by Art Ellingsen. After he talked at the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee about this transfer of power from local and Federal courts to the United Nations, I asked him to put something in writing that could be published here.
UN-CRPD Passes Committee: Help Stop It
The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, July 22, 2014, by a 12-6 vote. That’s the bad news.
A two-thirds majority is needed to provide consent for its ratification, meaning 34 “No” votes are enough to stop it – but they could be hard to come by.
If you’ve been studying the US Constitution with us at TEA Party you know that a treaty, once signed by the President and Consented to by 2/3 of the Senate, becomes the Supreme Law of the Land, except for the Constitution itself.
(The UN-CRPD, like any treaty, can be brought back at any time. But if the Senate’s structure shifts this November as many pundits expect, the UN-CRPD may not pose as great a threat for some time as it does right now.)
We must stop the Senate from giving away American sovereignty and enlisting the U.N. to set American domestic policy.
Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin Openly Support the UN-CRPD.
I’ll admit there is little hope of convincing Obama’s water boy, Dickie Durbin from voting to ratify this monstrosity, but our own Senator Mark Kirk has issued his own statement giving his reasons for supporting it.
We must therefore remind him often that Real Republican oppose this UN Treaty and all other UN Treaties pending before the Senate.
Former Senator Rick Santorum, the father of a severely disabled child, opposes this treaty.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) is dangerous. It was narrowly defeated in 2012. However it has come back stronger than ever, and its supporters are preparing to ram it through the U.S. Senate.
This United Nations treaty says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”
Not “parental rights,” as our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But “best interests of the child,” a legal term only used during divorce and abuse and neglect cases.
Government officials could use this section to override parental decisions for their child with a disability.
Other provisions of this treaty threaten U.S. sovereignty, promote abortion rights, and require a national registry of all children with disabilities. The term “disability” isn’t even defined.
The UN-CPRD isn’t about protecting people with disabilities-our nation’s own laws and strong leadership overseas already do this.
It’s about whether we will surrender our freedom to an unelected, unaccountable United Nations.
This bad treaty was defeated in December 2012. But the supporters were looking for a way to win the second time and ratify the UN-CRPD. And they believe they have found it with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bond v. United States, which was issued recently.
Bond v. United States dealt with a jilted wife who used household chemicals in a bungled attempt to poison her rival. But it quickly turned into a major constitutional case dealing with the Chemical Weapons Ban treaty, Congressional action, and the Constitution.
The Supreme Court made the right decision and found that it was ridiculous for the federal government to prosecute this hapless chemical user.
But the Court’s decision was very narrow, and never addressed the treaty power found in the U.S. Constitution.
Only three justices-Scalia, Thomas, and Alito-brought this issue up.
And they are very worried about how treaties can threaten our system of limited federal government and our constitutional freedoms. Please read the decision here. You can read the concurring opinions of justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito starting after page 21.
Supporters of the UN-CRPD such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (NJ) seemed to not even have read this decision in their haste to urge ratification of this United Nations treaty.
In the days since the decision, countless organizations have issued press releases calling for swift ratification of the UN-CRPD. Supporters of the treaty are aggressively lobbying on Capitol Hill at this very moment. This treaty is roaring back.
Ultimately, only you can stop this treaty. I am asking that you immediately take a moment to email or send a fax to Senators Mark Kirk and Richard Durbin, urging them to them to protect our nation’s sovereignty against the United Nations, to protect parental rights, and to vigorously oppose the UN-CRPD. If you have the time to send a first class letter, that would be even better.
I know emails and letters take time.
But this battle is crucial. Please hold off on phone calls for now so we can save that powerful action for when a vote is scheduled.
But please make your voice heard by sending a letter or email or fax in your own words. Then please forward your comments to three of your friends and ask them to do the same.
Thank you for standing with us to preserve our freedom in the face of the United Nations and transnationalists in the U.S. Senate.
This is going to be a tough fight. By the grace of God and the tireless work of parents and concerned citizens like you, this treaty was defeated in 2012.
I believe we can defeat it again.
Take ACTION: Please contact U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk today to urge them to OPPOSE this international threat to U.S. sovereignty and parental rights.
Senator Mark Kirk
387 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510 Phone: 202-224-2854 Fax: 202-228-4611
230 South Dearborn, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-886-3506 Fax: 312-886-2117
607 East Adams, Suite 1520
Springfield, IL 62701 Phone: 217-492-5089 Fax: 217-492-5099
Senator Dick Durbin
309 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510 9 am to 6 pm (202) 224-2152 – phone (202) 228-0400 – fax
230 S Dearborn St., Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604 8:30 am to 5 pm (312) 353-4952 – phone (312) 353-0150 – fax
525 South 8th St.
Springfield, IL 62703 8:30 am to 5 pm (217) 492-4062 – phone (217) 492-4382 – fax
250 W. Cherry Street, Suite 115-D
Carbondale, IL 62901 8:30 am to 5 pm (618) 351-1122 – phone (618) 351-1124 – fax
For more information about this bad treaty contact Art Ellingsen at the Arlington Heights TEA Party: [email protected] or phone 224-585-9816.
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