Yesterday, this happened...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.You got that? The only senators who voted against supporting the treaty which, by the way, was originally negotiated by the George W. Bush Administration, were Republicans. Senator Marco Rubio from South Florida was one of them.
With 38 Republicans casting "no" votes, the 61-38 vote fell five short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. The vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at their desks rather than milling around the podium. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to support the treaty.
The treaty, already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens. Republicans objected to taking up a treaty during the lame-duck session of the Congress and warned that the treaty could pose a threat to U.S. national sovereignty.
This was an excellent opportunity for Rubio to pull back from the party that feels the need to inexplicably put the needs of the disabled behind their insane belief that there is some kind of threat to U.S. sovereignty from worldwide compassion for the disadvantaged. It's not as if his "yes" vote would have even changed the outcome of things. It's a no risk proposition that politically pays off big as in, "Look! A Christian Republican who actually cares about a human soul outside of the womb!"
Instead, Rubio became just another voice against a compassionate cause. As he was with the DREAM Act.
Floridians will remember.
Americans will remember in 2016, Senator.
Bark Bark Woof Woof and Salty Eggs also have some thoughts about Senator Rubio and the "dying tribe of obtuse goons," as Salty Eggs calls them, known as the Republican Party.