This is in response to the Dec. 6 Record-Courier editorial, "Senate stumbles on treaty on disabilities," criticizing as "indecent" the Senate's defeat of the vote on the proposed international treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
An opinion piece in The Hill, a newspaper for people who work on federal legislation, written by Dr. Susan Yoshihari, who participated in the negotiations for the United Nations treaty, explained why the disability treaty was a bad deal for Americans.
Dr. Yoshihari points out "the vast disparity between our aspirations for the treaty on one hand, and the limitations of the text, including deep flaws in the U.N. system in which it would be interpreted." She wrote: "Proponents said we could have it both ways -- an international rights committee powerful enough to change other countries' laws but too weak to interfere with our own."
I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Yoshinara. It's my strong belief that U.N. regulations should never be allowed to infringe on the God-given rights and freedoms of the citizens of the United States as defined in the Declaration of Independence and our wonderful Constitution. As long as there are politicians on this earth, we will continue to be inundated with well-intentioned laws that do little but restrict our freedoms, whether they are intentional or not.
Chuck Marshall, Atwater