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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:43 AM

The shameful vote on ratifying the UN Treaty on the rights of the disabled...

My message to my repulican senator...

Sen. Portman,

As a lifelong democrat, I just wanted to make that clear from the start, I never once wrote to the many Ohio GOP senators over the years because frankly, I do not believe I can realistically have an influence on Republicans who vote in DC.

But in this case, I feel I have to make an exception. But first, I want to tell you I was not all that concerned when you trounced Lee Fisher back in 2010 because I remembered how you had voted as a Congressperson and how well you served the country as the director of the OMB. I came to believe that you were a reasonable man. I even went so far to defend you on democratic websites more than a few times over the years.

But, for the life of me, I cannot see how you would buy in to all the crap that was flung around about today’s vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Seriously. Was it the fear of black helicopter brigades that made you vote no? Were you listening to the paranoid imaginations of far right citizens who believe that we are stepping closer to World Government with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon at the helm and secret internment camps set up all over the western part of the US? Or was it because of histrionics of Right Wing Catholic who see every vote in Washington DC as one-step closer to Abortion Mills on every corner.

As a person with a disability, I see this vote as a positive way to bring the world together on a benign matter that should have been a no brainer. Who could possibly be against extending the example we, as a country set by making it easier for those of us who are disabled travel around the world?

And what about all the disabled veterans who wish to travel overseas? Does your concern for the rights of our heroes stop at the Ocean or Borders end?

Even though I know that a lot of your more right leaning constituents would never think of traveling to such a place like France or anywhere else beside England, which I understand, has yet to be condemned by the far right wing.

The point is, I thought that you were a reasonable man. But this vote shows me that you are nothing more than a craven politician who is concerned more about placating the right wing of your party than the rest of the country.

How dare you sir. Have you no shame?

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:54 AM

1. Good thoughts. I wonder if he will actually read it.

Since you are a constituent of his, he certainly should.

Very well said!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:58 AM

2. Rachel explained what was in the UN resolution. All it does is ask other countries to copy what

we have done and have the ADA in law to continue to enforce. We don't give up sovereignty over any thing.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:59 AM

3. And that was what puzzeled me about Portman.

This shows me he is running for President.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:11 AM

4. Well Said

And what about all the disabled veterans who wish to travel overseas? Does your concern for the rights of our heroes stop at the Ocean or Borders end?

Excellent point and stated very well.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:28 AM

5. K&R

Can't we just join the rest of the world for a change?

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:33 AM

6. so far this is the second thread on how awful this vote is

I have now read two threads on this matter, and still have no idea at all why I should be upset about this vote.

Some basic information would be helpful.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:46 AM

8. It would set an example for other countries to emulate the way we treat the disabled....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:33 AM

7. Here is mine to Richard Burr

I am so angry at your vote on the Treaty on the Rights of the Disabled I could spit. I admit, that as a Democrat, I don't really feel that I should have much say over how you vote, as you represent the other party. And thus, I take your occasional votes that I agree with as a happy bonus, such as your vote in 2010 to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. But your vote today on the Treaty on the Rights of the Disabled sets a real low. To vote against a treaty which codifies US law due to asinine fears about a UN takeover is just shameful. You voted for the Iraq war which caused many, many men and women to become disabled, and with this vote today you told them to drop dead. You told them that their sacrifice meant not one whit. You, and the other 37 GOPers who voted against this treaty will go down in infamy.

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Response to dsc (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:54 AM

9. I like the way you presented the link between Military service and treatment....

after they return home.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:30 AM

12. Sen. Kerry emphasized theat EVERY major U.S. veterans group endorsed the treaty

This is just one more shameful example of the GOP giving lip service and sporting flag lapel pins and yellow ribbons while throwing American veterans under the bus.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:37 AM

10. Have to correct you on the UK not being condemned by the baggers

I'm seeing more Lyndon LaRouche/David Icke stuff from them recently about the British royal family being shapeshifting alien lizards who are trying to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids.

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Response to nxylas (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:49 AM

13. I thought I saw something creepy when Bond escorted The Queen at the Olympics....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:19 AM

11. K&R

I don't know if I have ever seen anything so heartless. Bob & Libby Dole came in support, and Bob just got out of the hospital yesterday! Lawrence O'Donnell was all but in tears telling about it. What on God's earth has gotten into this Republican party? Couldn't they have done this just for their old buddy Bob? I don't think old Bob Dole has many days left.. If I was Libby, I would send out telegrams tomorrow to each and every one of them to not come near his wake when the inevitable happens. Not one.

120 other countries and we couldn't be a signatory to it? I didn't watch the debate. What was their reasoning? Well, Merry Christmas, World! Peace on earth and all that!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:28 AM

14. It's About Their Jobs

all are up for re-election 2014.
They care more about their bodies sitting in the US Senate vs the man sitting in a wheelchair.


Shame on them.

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