John Avlon Independent Nation

12.11.12

When Bipartisanship is a No-Brainer

The Senate’s failure to ratify a UN convention on disabled rights is a case study in everything that’s wrong with the institution, I write in my column for The Sunday Telegraph:

"It needs to be a wake-up call about a broken institution that's letting down the American people." So said John Kerry in a fit of frustration after the Senate voted against ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This was the sort of pro-forma vote that would have passed with broad bipartisan support a decade or so ago – a symbolic signing on to a UN treaty that aimed to raise international standards on the treatment of the disabled, not to some dizzying new height but to the level the US achieved more than 20 years ago under President George H W Bush.

Read it at The Sunday Telegraph.