One down, three to go. The U.S. Senate this afternoon rejected a proposed UN Treaty on disabilities. All but a handful of Republicans joined in killing the Treaty.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the leader of the opposition said the Treaty would create an “unelected bureaucratic body [which] would pass recommendations that would be forced upon the United States if we were a signatory.”
Inhofe elaborated: “I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially over-zealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe on American society.”
Bravo! The Senator echoes a key point we have been making in our book Here Come The Black Helicopters: UN Global Governance and the Loss of Freedom.
While the UN Treaty merely encodes in international law, provisions that are already binding on the US in the Americans with Disabilities Act, any subsequent changes our Congress wanted to make would be forbidden since jurisdiction would have been transferred to the UN. And, any further regulations the UN chose to impose would be binding on us without consulting our Congress.
Supporters of the Treaty said that it was necessary to protect Americans with disabilities when they travel abroad. This goal is worthy and can best be achieved through bi-lateral treaties with other nations that do not bind the United States hand and foot.
All Senate Republicans voted no except for: Ayotte (NH), Brown (Mass), Lugar (Ind), Barrasso (Wyo), Collins (Maine), Murkowsky (Alaska), and McCain (Ariz).
This vote is crucial! Coming behind it will be ratification votes on the Law of the Sea Treaty, the Small Arms Treaty, and the Internet Regulation Treaty. We must kill these encroachments on our sovereignty too.
The Law of the Sea Treaty transfers legal ownership and sovereignty over the world’s oceans and seas to the UN and obliges signatories to get UN permission for off shore drilling and to share their royalties and technology with third world countries. It also could be used as a backdoor way to enforce limits on carbon emissions.
The Small Arms Treaty creates an international body to police exports of small arms from companies and individuals around the world and requires signatory countries to inventory the small arms within its borders and to adopt whatever measures are needed to prevent their export – UN gun control.
The Internet Regulation Treaty is currently under negotiation in Dubai and is due to be signed on December 14. It will impose a charge for sending steaming video to anyone outside of your own nation. You will have to pay it and can collect reimbursement from the recipient. It is designed to make it too expensive for Russians and Chinese and others in autocratic countries to access steaming video.
We have got to defeat all these treaties. Please sign the petitions below against them.
And thank you for your support. It was crucial in enabling us to beat this treaty!