Michael Gerson: Opposition to disabilities treaty based on ignorance, fear

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Re: "So if the treaty leaves U.S. law exactly the same, why take the risk of signing at all?"

    Great question! For which liberals have no real answer.

    Their standard feelgood mantra regarding world leadership, notwithstanding, if the Obamacare law, the National Environmental Policy Act, Title 9, the Voting Rights Act, and the myriad of corrupt laws legislated from the bench [from Roe v. Wade, on down] have taught us anything, it's "beware of unintended consequences."

    Liberals will corruptly use them to their advantage, and to the disadvantage of real people, every time they get a chance.

    Don't give them a chance.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 16, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Conservatism is itself the embodiment of ignorance and fear.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 16, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    I work with a guy who insists the US will devolve into civil war by the end of this year, Obama is the anti-Christ, and the 2nd Coming of Jesus will happen very shortly.

    He has a large cache of weapons and ammunition, uses Thermite (because it will be needed in the upcoming civil war), etc. At least that was the state of things in the summer. Haven't heard much about the inevitable insurrection recently.

    Of course this guy is not alone, and tries to recruit others to attend meetings with him.

    This mixture of weapons, religion, and apocalyptic thinking is unique to the fringe rightwing.

    If there is a comparable level of kookiness on the left, could somebody point this out?

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 16, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    "This is the way the modern ideological market often works. It is driven by entrepreneurs of outrage, marketers of resentment, innovators in the on-time delivery of anger. Their market share does not need to be large to be influential. Several thousand calls to Congress can seem like a populist wave."

    An outstanding summary of our sad political state.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Kent: Just because the Democratic party is lock-step in agreement with the hyperbole on the left, while the Republican party is split over the hyperbole on its side, is not proof that liberal hyperbole is any less.

    Talk about an echo chamber...just try and find disagreement on the left over any of the scare tactics instituted by left "extremist-alarmists". You won't find any.

    If you can, please cite some.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 2:00 p.m.


    Yes, there is plenty of hyperbole on the other end of the spectrum. But there is a huge difference. Only on the far right is a group of extremist-alarmists effectively splitting its own political party in half, seeking to enforce its minority views in a manner that could destroy Constitutional government and the global economy in one fell swoop, and refusing to compromise on anything. Hopefully they'll get lost in their echo chamber and forget where the door is.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 15, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    "The list of hyperbolic, over-reacting by liberals to conservative policies and values is just as long or longer than the ones cited in articles like this one."

    That could be true in other areas Joe, but this article was about the Disabilities Treaty.

    And the "crazy talk" is only coming from one side here.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Yet another article (with accompanying comments) that acts as if "right-wing" objections to perfectly "normal and reasonable" left-wing policies are the only form of extremism in politics today.

    BOTH sides do this kind of thing. School vouchers that would allow students trapped in failing schools to escape are shouted down by the left as "catering to the rich" or will "destroy public schools". Simple restrictions on abortion or refusal to pay for contraceptives are shouted down as a "war on women". Any kind of work requirements for welfare recipients are shouted down as "throwing grandma off the cliff". Saying the Pledge of Allegience is "religious docrination" because of the "under God" clause. Etc., etc..

    The list of hyperbolic, over-reacting by liberals to conservative policies and values is just as long or longer than the ones cited in articles like this one.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Political parties are equally fault ridden, but a closed ideology of impenetrable boundaries steeped in paranoia is unique to the far right. History bears out that when the far right (usually a minority) rules, there is a stiff price to pay.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    I guess it's only right for the Irony Guy to point out the irony here.

    "entrepreneurs of outrage, marketers of resentment, innovators in the on-time delivery of anger"

    Too true, and it's all on the wacky far right. It still amazes me how many Utahns are buying into this bogus market of alarmism and paranoia. Utah does tend to lag national trends by five to ten years, which means the tea party will survive here perhaps a decade longer than everywhere else in the country, except maybe Texas.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 15, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Here's a measure that actually prohibits the very things the right-wing nuts are afraid will happen. And, of course, they oppose it. This is called irony.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    It's another example of the irony of how a glut of information leads to ignorance and fear.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Nov. 15, 2013 4:15 a.m.

    As usual, a closer look at the issue will pinpoint exactly where the "Ignorance and Fear" are coming from.

    Rick Santorum writes
    "CRPD threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights, and if ratified, it would effectively put us under international law when it comes to parenting our special needs children,”

    Rick Santorum warned that "the treaty may kill his disabled daughter"

    Glenn Beck said it could create a “fascistic” government

    Sen. Jim Inhofe alleged the treaty would help groups with “anti-American biases.”

    homeschooling activist Michael Farris
    claimed that the treaty will prompt the United Nations to ‘get control’ of children with glasses or ADHD and remove them from their families’.