Even the “luckiest” of us are just TABs (Temporarily Able Bodied)*. Because this particular failure-to-legislate disgrace by the Dung Beetle Republicans is a minor personal obsession, Tammy Duckworth’s latest email caught my eye:
Before I was wounded, I never expected that the Americans with Disabilities Act would have such a profound impact on my life.
This landmark bill – passed with bipartisan support – made our nation the world’s leader in protecting individuals with disabilities from discrimination. It has also made it possible for me and thousands of other Veterans to continue living a full, mobile life.
Now the Senate has the chance to encourage other countries to adopt our own high standards by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Approving this treaty should be a no-brainer. After all, it won’t change U.S. law. Ratification will simply encourage other countries to meet our standards. A more accessible world is also good for our service members stationed overseas who might have family members with disabilities there with them.
But Republican extremists have made this non-controversial treaty into a yet another partisan vote. Even after fellow disabled Veteran and former Republican Majority Leader Bob Dole visited the floor of the Senate in his wheelchair this past December to support the bill, Senate Republicans voted it down.
Fortunately, the Senate is expected to vote on the treaty again after August recess. We have an opportunity right now to encourage Senators to reject the Tea Party propaganda about this treaty, and do the right thing.
As to whether this issue is “really important” — who actually wants to discriminate against people with disabilities? — commentor Origuy linked just this afternoon:
A handicap ramp in front of a Fountain family’s house is in the middle of a neighborhood squabble.
Vincent and Heidi Giesegh say their neighbors are threatening legal action if they don’t remove the ramp. They say the next door couple is worried that the ramp will hurt the value of their home. The Giesegh’s say they need it for their 16 year old daughter Kirsten who has Cerebral Palsy…
The Giesegh’s neighborhood doesn’t have an HOA, and the family says the City of Fountain told them it was ok to install the ramp and widen their driveway for a handicap van. 11 News went next door to get the neighbor’s side of the story and they told us no comment…
* Edited, because commentors correctly pointed out that not all of ‘us’ are TABs.