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The Nov. 28 column by Dana Milbank of The Washington Post ("Santorum v. The Disabled") tells of the former Pennsylvania senator's efforts to reject the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty urges other countries not to discriminate against "people with AIDS, who are blind, who use wheelchairs and the like."
Sounds like a no-brainer, but 36 Republican senators joined Mr. Santorum in fighting this treaty -- not because it would not be a good thing to end discrimination against people with disabilities, but because they fear it is actually a U.N. plot "to keep Americans from home-schooling their children and making other decisions about their well-being."
Mr. Milbank assures readers that the treaty does no such thing. Rather, it would "extend American values worldwide and guarantee disabled people equal treatment, as well as freedom from torture and exploitation." Yet even though the Chamber of Commerce, veterans groups, and even John McCain support it, the Tea Party is leading the opposition.
One of those senators who signed on is our own Pat Toomey. I for one am delighted that Pennsylvania did not have two Tea Party senators on Nov. 7. One is certainly more than enough.
SISTER RITA YEASTED
First Published December 2, 2012 12:00 am