GOP Is Out of Sync
December 4 was a sad, shameful day for America when the U.S. Senate did not ratify the United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities just because 38 ideologues in the Republican Party were “suspicious” of the United Nations, which would oversee treaty obligations.
N.C. Senator Richard Burr (R) voted “nay.” N.C. Senator Kay Hagan (D) voted “yea,” as did 60 other Democrats and eight Republicans. The 38 Republicans who voted against the treaty obviously had ulterior motives because they explained their opposition rather cryptically by saying that they were afraid that the treaty would infringe on U.S. sovereignty. They could not say how because, in fact, it doesn’t.
The treaty is modeled on the Americans With Disabilities Act.
This is just one more piece in the mounting evidence as to why the GOP deserves its nickname as the “grand obstructionist party.”
But maybe it should more appropriately be renamed the tea party.
One thing’s for sure. The Republican Party is driven by the tea party, and its action on the disabilities treaty has further narrowed its base at a time most reasonable Republicans recognize the need to broaden its base.
Clearly, today’s Republican tea party is not in sync with America.
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