Q: When you’re in Congress and it’s a “lame duck” session, what do you do to pass the time?
A: Try and sneak through a treaty that gives over more of our sovereign rights as Americans to the UN of course.
The Senate is set to make an up or down vote on the ratification of the UN CRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) on Tuesday. In theory this treaty may sound like a good idea. Who would oppose protecting the rights of persons with disabilities? But as Michael Farris points out in the video above, this is a binding treaty and not simply an “aspirational resolution.”
Farris is Chancellor of Patrick Henry College where he teaches constitutional law. He also has his LLM from the University of London and he teaches public international law as well. Farris warns that under Article 7 of the UN CRPD, the treaty would bind the US to change its laws to conform to the international treaty.
The main sticking point for those who oppose this treaty is that if ratified, it would give ultimate authority over individuals with disabilities to the federal government and ultimately the UN, and take it away from their families.
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