Senator Mike Lee says he "can't name one treaty" that has had an effect on U.S. law. The Senator claims the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty could have an impact.
Lee defends his stance which blocked the treaty by adding, "You can't assume that because something hasn't happened already that it couldn't happen in the future."
Post by: Anderson Cooper
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Two things. One, there IS a Supreme Court decision upholding a treaty as binding on US law, it's called Missouri v Holland.
Two, the treaty Article 47 allows for Amendments to the treaty to be proposed and accepted by other nations, making it binding on the US. True, it's HIGHLY unlikely, and I'm not personally opposed to the treaty, but, if we're "keeping them honest", this isn't without precident, and people have a right to their fears.
I love Anderson. He just doesn't let go of the question that people refuse to answer. He just keeps asking it over and over and over. The guy was not prepared to talk about a treaty during which he probably will be asked about past treaties that compare to this and he DIDN'T HAVE ANY! Hello, how did you not come prepared for this question? Did you not retain any of the past information on treaties or cases you used to refuse this treaty? Nothing? Zero cases were retained in your brain? That's remarkable.
It couldn't be more obvious that these Republicans do not like the UN. Don't these (mostly) Republicans ever search their souls late at night? They must be very aware of what they did for nothing more than partisanship.
Your interviews have been right on – thanks – our disability community is very grateful for your pursuing the facts as to why these guys voted no! We intend to keep fighting until we win but exposing their shallow positions is a big help. This issue has always been bipartisan but now these Tea Party types are driving the community away from the party of Bush and Dole – sad!
Sorry Anderson UN treaty's and precedence INFLUENCE the Judicial branch and set a dangerous precedent that our Founders warned about. For example, in Graham v. Florida Justice Kennedy wrote:
"We also note, as petitioner and his amici emphasize, that Article 37(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Nov. 20, 1989, 1577 U. N. T. S. 3 (entered into force Sept. 2, 1990), ratified by every nation except the United States and Somalia, prohibits the imposition of ‘life imprisonment without possibility of release . . . for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age.’
Further he stated:
"The court has treated the laws and practices of other nations and international agreements as relevant to the Eighth Amendment not because those norms are binding or controlling but because the judgment of the world’s nations that a particular sentencing practice is inconsistent with basic principles of decency demonstrates that the court’s rationale has respected reasoning to support it."
Liberals will try this with our 2nd Amendment rights as well via the UN's Arms Trade Treaty.