Some Republicans Sure Are Weird About the UN

I was highly amused at the doofus Republicans that ranted about the “UN election monitors” during the last election. I pointed out to several of them that I know personally that the UN hasn’t done election monitoring since 1978, and that under a treaty signed by (I think) Ronald Reagan, election monitoring is done by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). They uniformly didn’t have a clue. I heard Jay Sekulow of the “ACLJ” ranting about this prior to the election, he kept foaming about the “UN!!!!!”. I sent an email to Sekulow, but never got a response, or heard him correct himself.

So the UN popped up again in the vote in the US Senate on the vote for the US to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This treaty is based on the US ADA. Some righties like Rick Santorum, and a number of US Senators, just lost their collective mind, and came up with “reasons” why the UN might dictate the fate of a child with disabilities, and others thought (and I use that term loosely) that somehow the treaty would affect parents who homeschool their kids.

Rational people in the Senate tried to dispel these weird notions, but stupid is as stupid does, and the treaty ratification failed since a 2/3rds approval is needed.

I’m amazed that people who hold these bizzare views can get elected.

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