Rick Santorum, Glenn Beck and the right made an effort to show that they can still flex their muscle now that the election is over by campaigning against the UN treaty on the Disabled which failed yesterday in the US Senate to make the needed two thirds majority of 67 by 6 votes. The treaty in the US is mostly symbolic because the Americans with Disabilities Act covers most of this territory but it is significant in much of the world. This rejection also does not affect the treaty in other countries.
The greater significance of this action is to still show the same contempt for international cooperation that impedes US 'sovereignty.' This is a token victory which may be reversed after the new Congress is sworn in in January. The rhetoric above resembles that of the southern states to protect their sovereignty in the Civil War.
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The Bush Administration's invasion of Iraq without UN authorization is definitely a more extreme case of the right showing contempt for global democracy than this one. Remember "freedom fries" replacing French Fries in Congressional Cafeteria? That one resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands and created possibly millions more disabled Americans and Iraqis over weapons of mass destruction that did not exist at the time of the invasion. Now we're hearing the same rhetoric now over Syria and Iran. The average Iraqi is a better judge of how democratic their country is now than any pundit on Fox News.
Santorum again uses his youngest child Bella in his arguments against the current treaty just as he did against the health care law while many lower status children and adults with disabilities need these types of protections. Santorum and Beck even call the UN disabled treaty 'fascistic.' Doesn't anyone see that this is all really a ploy to subvert real democratic processes among nations? The scale may differ but the intent is the same. Many other global issues such as terrorism and climate change require global cooperation just as the states have to cooperate to solve national problems. This contempt for the UN is really thinly veiled racism.