[Nfbmo] Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through

DanFlasar at aol.com DanFlasar at aol.com
Mon Sep 24 17:12:35 UTC 2012

This sounds like right-wing screed to me - likely  coming from the segment 
that distrusts anything to do with the United  Nations.   Senators Harkin 
and Durbin have always been on board with  NFB concerns - the biggest problem 
I've ever seen with either of them was Harkin  not being fully convinced to 
authorize full-funding for the NLS Talking Books  Digital Books program - 
but he came around.
      The reference to somebody being 'on our  side' is a red flag to me - 
it can only refer to a party and I doubt it's the  one Durbin and Harkin 
belong to,  Calling the submission of a bill as a  'sneak attack' sounds like a 
partisan smear to me.
    The NFB is not left or right wing, liberal or  conservative, Democrat 
or Republican, Libertarian, Anarchist, Tea Party or Wall  Street protesters - 
though individually we can hold sympathies for any or  (highly unlikely) 
all of them.  Another red flag is that there are  absolutely no links to any 
site or document to support these conspiracy theory  claims, nor is Mike 
Farris, the originator of the 'Urgent Call to Action'  identified.  Is he a 
member of the NFB?  MCB?  If not who is he  and who is he speaking for?  He 
certainly cannot be speaking for the NFB -  our calls to action are ALWAYS 
   I've done a bit of digging around - ParentalRights.org is  indeed a 
right-wing organization with Grover Norquist on the board.  Mike  Farris is the 
President of the group.   Everybody is right part of the  time but calls to 
action from an avowedly partisan group have to be carefully  evaluated.  I 
remain unconvinced and object to referring to Senators Durbin  and Harkin as 
engaging in some kind of 'sneak attack'.  The purpose of  parentalrights.org 
(their statement of purpose is pretty muddy) seems to have  more to do with 
a political movement to defund public education.    Whatever the merits of 
that position, it has nothing really to do with  disability rights.
In a message dated 9/24/2012 9:46:16 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
kaybaycar at gmail.com writes:

Hi.   Does anyone know anything about this?  I got it from my sister
last  week and wasn't sure what to make of it.  The email I received
has  been pasted below.  Thanks.

* * *

Not sure if you were  familiar with this, or if it even matters.
Someone at work sent it to me,  and I thought I would pass it along.

From: Jill Johnson  [mailto:parentalrightsmo at yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012  11:47 PM
Subject: Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through - Action  Needed!

This update (below my initial comments) comes from  HSLDA.  It is from
Thursday, September 20:

The UNCRPD (United  Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities) sounds good,  but it is not.  This treaty, with
"disabilities" in its title, never  defines what a disability is.  It
has many similarities to the ADA,  but where it is inferior, it will
still be the supreme law of the land if  ratified.  This treaty opens
the door to a treaty that would affect  parents of children without
disabilities as well.  Please take 5  minutes to call both of our
senators and tell them to OPPOSE this  treaty.  Thank you.

Jill Johnson

Missouri  Coordinator for ParentalRights.org

Roy Blunt -  202-224-5721

Claire McCaskill - 202-224-6154

>From Michael Farris,

Today, Senators Durbin and Harkin tried  to get the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities ratified on the
floor in a maneuver that can only be called a  sneak attack.

Without notice, they asked for Unanimous Consent to  ratify the treaty
immediately. If an alert Senator from our side had not  been present,
they would have likely succeeded.

Fortunately, Mike  Lee--a great Senator from Utah was present and
objected and stalled it for  today.

They are likely to keep trying sneak attacks.

this treaty and  stop the sneak attacks. If there intentions are
honorable, they can put it  on the calendar and let all of America know
what they are doing in  advance.

Sneak attacks are never for an honorable purpose.

This  treaty will allow the government to decide what it thinks is best
for every  child that it deems to have a disability or special needs.
While we need to  stand up for families who are in this position today,
in reality it is an  attack on every family in America.

Here are a  few talking points you might share when you call:

Under Article VI of  the U.S. Constitution, the CRPD will become the
“supreme law of the land,”  overriding anything to the contrary in
local, state, or federal  law.
Parents of disabled children know better than anyone what it is  like
to have bureaucrats and officials second-guessing their  every
decision. Article 7 of the CRPD will take away their right to be  the
ultimate decision makers for their child.
The Understandings adopted  by the Senate are poorly worded and do not
have the legal effect proponents  claim they will. The so-called
“private action” understanding, for  instance, does not uphold
“current” U.S. law. Omission of the word  “current” means the U.S. will
be obligated to make changes in our law in  order to fulfill our
commitment under the treaty.
Ratifying the CRPD  would be the first time we have obligated our
nation to recognize social,  economic, and cultural entitlements and
privileges as “rights” under  domestic law.

Julie McG
Lindbergh High School class of 2009,  National Federation of the Blind
of Missouri recording  secretary,
Missouri Association of Guide dog Users President,
and proud  graduate of Guiding Eyes for the Blind

"For God so loved the world that  he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish  but may have eternal
John  3:16

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