December 9, 2012


Originally posted on The Brenner Brief:

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The Brenner Brief first reported on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this week. Since it failed to be ratified in the Senate, Senator John Kerry took to the airwaves with Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday, vowing to pass the measure within the first three months of 2013. and demonizing the Republicans who voted against the bill:

They argued they were afraid we were giving up sovereignty of the nation and somehow the United Nations would be able to tell us what to do. Neither are true. There is no requirement in this treaty whatsoever that any law in the United States would be changed, no new right would be created that doesn’t exist already in the United States and most importantly because of the terminology of the treaty, the treaty language, that it’s not self-executing, that means nobody has recourse in any…

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