There is a lot of talk going around about the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD for short. Many progressives are pushing this with all the strength they can muster and some conservatives have even gotten on to their bandwagon. I wonder how many people really understand what it is and what it really means to get on board with the treaty.
If you read the convention you will read a lot of rhetoric that makes the bill seem so magnanimous towards those less fortunate. It makes a great case for the need for protection and allowances for those with disabilities. It doesn’t discriminate against any disabilities not even those caused by accidents, wars, nature or malice. It lists every conceivable difficulty that a disabled person may encounter and states how those difficulties should always be addressed and eliminated. It doesn’t stop at just the physical difficulties but also addresses the mental difficulties.
The convention or treaty puts the responsibility on the member “states” (countries) to create laws to achieve its stated goal. It dictates what laws must be created for the disabled and how each state should create those laws. It mandates that the disabled should be able to make all decisions for themselves without any regard toward their disability’s limitations such as mental issues. It’s not only irresponsible to mandate that a mentally person should be able to make their own decisions, but it is highly dangerous.
The convention also mandates that children with disabilities cannot be segregated or concealed with regard to their level of disabilities. That is fine for some disabled children, but not the more severely disabled. There are extreme cases where segregating and confining children is necessary for their safety and the safety of others. How can they reasonably believe that a child with a severely underdeveloped brain can learn in the same environment as a child with a fully developed brain, or in the same environment as a child who can’t see, hear or speak?
It also requires that “States Parties shall ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and life-long learning” which mandates that all the disabled are entitled to an education equivalent to the level of all others throughout their lives.
I particularly love this statement “Persons with disabilities are not excluded from the general education system on the basis of disability, and that children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary education, or from secondary education, on the basis of disability;” Did you catch the part about a “free” primary and secondary education within the “general education system”?
Now we get to the healthcare portion of the convention, “States Parties recognize that persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of disability.” One has to wonder, does having the right to the highest attainable standard of health mean that it should be free and the best available. Doesn’t this sound eerily like the Obamacare Bill?
There is also a data collection provision within the treaty that calls for the collection of “appropriate information” on the disabled by the State Parties to be given to the UN. It leaves the security door wide open for inappropriate access of this data with this clause “States Parties shall assume responsibility for the dissemination of these statistics and ensure their accessibility to persons with disabilities and others.” I would ask, just who are these “others”?
All the States will have to submit detailed reports on their performance toward their ability to fulfill their obligations. There is little doubt about who will have access to those reports “The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall make available the reports to all States Parties.” That means every country in the UN who signed the convention can critique and attack other countries for their lackluster performance. It further states that the reports should be publicly available to those within each Member State.
The worst part of the treaty is that the UN will have the ultimate say in what will be done for the disabled. Its power supersedes the power of the member states, and even worse it supersedes the power of the parents. If passed it will make the UN the ultimate BIG BROTHER for all our disabled.
When I read the treaty, the first impression I got was how honorable and noble this convention is to address the issues of the less fortunate. But isn’t that the same thing that American justice system has been doing for decades now? The UN doesn’t have a stellar record in coming to the rescue or even in righting the wrongs of the less fortunate. When atrocities happen they are not the first on site and sometimes they don’t show up at all. How can the world put faith into an organization that is ruled by a committee of countries run by dictators, monarchs and tyrants?
Have you ever looked at who is in charge at the UN? The present President of the United Nations General Assembly is John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda which is run by a monarchy system of government. His replacement in 2014 will be Sam Kutesa from Uganda which has a so called elected president. But Sam Kutesa has had a questionable 26 year reign and the country is rated among one of top 30% most corrupt governments in the world.
The hierarchy of the UN is complicated and is broken up into basically 6 branches and the most influential of all of them is the Security Council. The Security Council of 2013 consists of the following countries: Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo. The 2014 Security Council consists of: Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea and Rwanda. As you can see, these two groups don’t stand out with histories or reputations for knowing how to treat people honorably. Sure, some may be better than the others, but as a general rule they aren’t that great. The Security Council is the body that is responsible for human rights, solving international problems, maintaining peace and security. Thus it would be responsible for enforcing the disability rules and regulations that come out of this convention.
You may also notice that most of the countries in the Security Council today, especially Pakistan, are less civilized than America. Are you willing to allow countries like Pakistan to dictate to America how to care for its own disabled? Do you think Pakistan knows how to take care of its own disabled? With Pakistan’s history I have little faith in their ability to dictate to us how to do anything. Keep in mind that the Security Council changes members every two years so there is no way of knowing who will be dictating to America in the future if and when we sign this convention.
America is a sovereign state and thus doesn’t need, and shouldn’t want other identities telling it how to run its government, let alone how to take care of its citizens. I think it would be dishonorable to every disabled American veteran if America turned over to the UN, the responsibility to decide how our disabled veterans should be cared for. They served America and now America should serve them. The unfortunate soldiers who were disabled while protecting your rights now need you to protect their rights. Don’t abandon them because they didn’t abandon you. America should be the sole provider for their care without some third world country organization sticking its nose into America’s business.
This convention puts all the responsibility for deciding how the disabled should be cared for on the UN while making the Member States responsible for all the expenses to do so. Since they don’t hold the purse strings, how long do you think it will take them to change that?
The real question is, how far are we willing to go in giving up our sovereign rights? Are we so willing to surrender our Constitution for a convention constructed by a group of third world countries? Each time you give in you get that much closer to being a puppet government. If there is ever a New World Order that takes over the governing of the world it will be the UN. You may laugh at people who talk about “The New World Order” but this convention is just that. It is giving governing ability to the UN for the world.
I hope everyone speaks up against this and all other dictatorial “conventions” coming out of the UN. The UN is not America’s friend and it hasn’t been for decades. It doesn’t have America’s best interest at heart and it never will. It has the interest of the rest of the world at heart. It will promote the rest of the world at America’s expense. Tell your elected officials to quit promoting their agenda and do their job. Tell them to stop the encroachment of our rights with the all the UN conventions and treaties.
If you agree and want to stop the UN from devouring our rights and if you want to stop the UN from taking control of the lives of all the patriots that have been disabled while in action, then I suggest you call, write or email your Senator TODAY. The following link will assist you in that action.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr.
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