Anderson Cooper to GOP Senator: You Have ‘Very Scary Hypotheticals’ But No Proof

Discussion in 'Politics' started by exGOPer, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. exGOPer


    It was very surprising for many this week to see such widespread conservative opposition to the U.N. disability treaty, despite support from Republicans like John McCain and Bob Dole. Anderson Cooper confronted Republican senator Mike Lee over his opposition to the treaty, repeatedly pressing Lee to cite any examples of the United Nations being able to impose its will on American citizens.

    Cooper pressed Lee to explain how approving the treaty would change U.S. law, despite legal claims to the contrary that it would not. Lee cited a provision in the treaty granting international “entitlement rights,” and another provision that he believed would “undermine the rights of parents.” When Lee said that there is an abortion plank in the treaty, Cooper challenged him by saying it only grants the same health care rights to the disabled as everyone else overseas.

    Cooper said that the treaty is non-self-obligating, therefore there is nothing mandatory that has to be enforced. Lee insisted it still has an impact, warning about how parts of the treaty could have a long-standing impact on U.S. law.

    Cooper challenged Lee to name any other U.S. treaty that has had such an impact. Lee said he “didn’t come prepared to cite Supreme Court precedent on this point,” to which Cooper further insisted that Lee was merely positing “very scary hypotheticals” with no evidence to back up his claims. Cooper repeatedly pushed Lee to name another treaty to impact U.S. law, explaining that Lee arguing the point on the Senate floor should have prepared him for this line of questioning.

    Lee touted the U.S. disabilities act as the “gold standard,” and made it clear that he just has a general opposition to the United States getting on board with treaties that have nothing to do with international relations. Cooper brought up the criticism that the only reason the GOP voted against the treaty is that they hate the United Nations.

    Lee said the fact that the U.N. currently has no say over what American citizens are able to do doesn’t mean they won’t be able to in the future.
  2. Ignorant, irrational and delusional. I think "paranoid" needs to be added. These four words describe the right. This latest stupidity is just another example.
  3. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush.
  4. With opposition from the religious right and business interests:

    Some religious groups, such as the Association of Christian Schools International, opposed the ADA in its original form.[17] ACSI opposed the Act primarily because the ADA labeled religious institutions public accommodations, and thus would have required churches to make costly structural changes to ensure access for all.[18]

    Greyhound Bus Lines stated that the Act had the potential to "...deprive millions of people of affordable intercity public transportation and thousands of rural communities of their only link to the outside world." The US Chamber of Commerce argued that the costs of the ADA would be "enormous" and have "a disastrous impact on many small businesses struggling to survive."

  5. Ah, the good ol' days, before the Tea Party infested the GOP.
  6. And now we have to build a ramp on the beach so people in a wheel chair can get to the water.
  7. And I know a wheelchair bound Vietnam vet with Lou Gerhig's disease that has months to live and he enjoys being near the water.
  8. jem


    look at the left lemmings just begging to surrender our hard fought rights as americans to un votes.

    Really, have you no sense of history or fear of corrupt leaders.
    why not just swear your fealty to some dictator from the middle east, africa or central america now?

    you lefties as the frog in the hot water.
    you are willing to give up more and more your freedom everyday... just like many of the soviets were to Stalin.

    and a decade or two later it got them 3 hour lines for bread.

    Have you ever visited a country ruled by communists or dictators? Or even a screwed up 3rd world country.
  9. Irrational, delusional, paranoid.
  10. jem


    are you an american? seriously, I wonder if I conversing with someone with no understanding of freedom.

    how old were you when the wall fell? (berlin in case you don't know)
    I really want to know.

    You strike me and a boneheaded wet behind the ears little kid with a keyboard.

    #10     Dec 8, 2012