The fact that one of our elected officials, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, was a leader in the move to block Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty promoting the rights of disabled people world-wide brings shame on the entire state of Utah
Lee, along with former Sen. Rick Santorum, led the successful effort to stop the Senate from ratifying the pact Tuesday. The vote was 61-38 in favor, but that is five votes short of the constitutionally required two-thirds majority for the adoption of an international treaty.
Lee and other opponents including Utah's other senator, Orrin Hatch based their inhumane argument on the wholly bogus claim that, by signing onto a set of standards that echo the existing, and exemplary, Americans with Disabilities Act, both the nation and its citizens would somehow become subservient to U.N. bureaucrats. That these foreign personages would enforce their, rather than our, opinions on what actions should be taken to give disabled people the best possible shot at a full life.