Among many reasons for citizens of the United States to take pride in what their country has accomplished during its relatively short existence, the Americans With Disabilities Act stands out. It is a simple but firm declaration of a particularly fine human quality: empathy. It seeks to erase differences as a reason for denying anyone a fundamental right to be treated with dignity and to endeavor for a fullness of life without the obstacles of prejudice. It is good -- it honors America.
As the parent of a 33 year-old disabled son I am angered, and as an American I am disgraced, by the actions of 38 U.S. senators who voted against the laudable goal of raising worldwide standards to match America's respect for differently-abled persons, and who instead voted in favor of misinformation and paranoia.
With this petition I call on those who voted against the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons With Disabilities to resign, with shame, from the United States Senate. Their names are listed below:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard M. Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Daniel Coats (R-IN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Michael D. Crapo (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS).