Senators from both parties went to greet Mr. Dole, leaning in to hear his wispy reply, as he sat in support of the treaty, which would require that people with disabilities have the same general rights as those without disabilities. Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader.
Then, after Mr. Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, rolled him off the floor, Republicans quietly voted down the treaty that the ailing Mr. Dole, recently released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so longed to see passed.
A majority of Republicans who voted against the treaty, which was modeled on the Americans With Disabilities Act, said they feared that it would infringe on American sovereignty.In addition to former Sen. Dole, himself a disabled veteran, were supporters of the treaty from various disabled persons rights groups, who certainly would have looked over that treaty to see whether it would have had any negative repercussions for themselves, right? And yet, the party of individual rights and responsibilities said, clear as a bell "Nope. We know better than you."
Or maybe that's just how I'm hearing it. But let's just listen to another former Senator, Rick Santorum, who has made a point of expressing his views on a matter near and dear to his heart:
Who should make the critical health-care decisions for a child with a disability? A well-meaning, but faceless and distant United Nations bureaucrat, or a parent who has known, loved, and cared for the child since before birth?Can I just state, upfront, that some parents actually totally suck at making decisions regarding the health of their kids? They starve them, they beat them, they cart them around to faith healers and they still have the effrontery to call the nasty, short, brutal experience their children have from them, "parental love". Who should make the decisions? I don't know--a bunch of reasonable people consulting with other reasonable people as their informed peers?