Socialized Food Program done… Now on to Guns!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Agenda 21, Education, Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 0 comments

"Please, sir, I want some more." - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickons

“Please, sir, I want some more.” – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickons

First Lady Michelle Obama has successfully gone after the breakfast and lunches given to our school children via the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Smaller portions, healthier choices and yet our children come home starving, running straight for the refrigerator and pantry. Are your children healthier, happier and wise? Socialism is making that promise as specifically laid out in the declaration below.

And now that the food in the schools has been taken care of, today it was announced that Mrs. Obama is moving on to gun control. According to the Washington Post “First lady Michelle Obama, with tears in her eyes and her voice cracking, spoke out for the first time here Wednesday about the gun violence afflicting young people in cities across the nation.” Oh can you feel that empathy? Its just oozing out! While Obama is claiming that he could have been Trayvon Martin, 35 years ago, nothing is mentioned how 2013 is out pacing 2012 in the number of murders in Chicago, or that Detroit is 11 times more violent than New York City. ( I’m going to pause for a moment to share some inconvenient facts: In Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” he admitted to taking drugs and that high school was a “blur.” Trayvon Martin’s body was found to have traces of marijuana in his blood and urine. If those are the only two comparisons between the two than the President may have a point, hence the empathy from Mrs. Obama. Also, both Chicago and Detroit are being managed by Democrats. Just sayin’.)

Another thought: if Mrs. Obama’s crusade to help kids be healthy and hunger free are producing the opposite affect, wouldn’t her new project to keep kids safe with gun control kill more children thru the hands of criminals who don’t acknowledge moral laws? The Federal government would have you believe otherwise, because they say so. Time will tell, unless you study history and human nature.

July 11, 2013

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
The Honorable Thad Cochran
Ranking Member
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
United States Senate

The Honorable John Kline
The Honorable George Miller
Ranking Member
Committee on Education and the Workforce
House of Representatives

Subject: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), entitled “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” (RIN: 0584-AE09). We received the rule on June 28, 2013. It was published in the Federal Register as an interim final rule on June 28, 2013. 78 Fed. Reg. 39,068.

The interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, other than food sold under the lunch and breakfast programs. Amendments made by section 208 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for such foods, consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and directs the Secretary to consider authoritative scientific recommendations for nutrition standards; existing school nutrition standards, including voluntary standards for beverages and snack foods; current state and local standards; the practical application of the nutrition standards; and special exemptions for infrequent school-sponsored fundraisers (other than fundraising through vending machines, school stores, snack bars, à la carte sales, and any other exclusions determined by the Secretary). In addition, this interim final rule requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunches are served during the meal service, consistent with amendments made by section 203 of the HHFKA, and in the cafeteria during breakfast meal service. This interim final rule is expected to improve the health and well-being of the Nation’s children, increase consumption of healthful foods during the school day, and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits. The stated effective date for this final rule is August 27, 2013, and state agencies, local educational agencies, and school food authorities must implement the potable water provisions no later than August 27, 2013, and all other provisions of the interim final rule must be implemented beginning on July 1, 2014.

Enclosed is our assessment of FNS’s compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review of the procedural steps taken indicates that FNS complied with the applicable requirements.

If you have any questions about this report or wish to contact GAO officials responsible for the evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule, please contact Shirley A. Jones, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8156.


Robert J. Cramer
Managing Associate General Counsel

Bold type added for emphasis.

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Virtual Unintended Consequences

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 1 comment

For the first time in history, a generation’s thoughts, deeds, likes and dislikes, habits, triumphs and mistakes, and their relationships will all be documented from the minute they are born until the moment they die. The virtual world has become the mecca for corporations and governments to know everything about us.
However, it will be those children five years and younger who will be the most affected. The data that will be collected on these babies will follow, and in some cases, haunt them forever. This data that will be collected will be used against them in the future, or could help save them. That will depend on who is in charge of this data and who can access it.

nsa_eye1For the first time, this obsession with technology and innovation will reach a peak of intrusiveness, the likes of which our grandparents have never seen and have always been afraid of.

And yet we freely up load our babies’ pictures, document events, places, and people for everyone to see. Facebook, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Google, and all other mass media outlets out there collect data which we freely give. Millions, if not billions of dollars are in virtual circulation just because you are typing, coping, uploading away. We have been a gold mine, and now our children and the generation following them will be even more so.

But that is not the greatest tragedy.

In an article that I read today, it was pointed out that our teens lives, as they get virtually documented will never be erased, including their mistakes.

Think of your past. Think of past relationships, experiments, your rebelling years. If your employers or current family members knew the kind of person you were when you were a teen, would you feel confident that all would be well going forward? Would past thoughts that were carelessly written as a teen be regrettable as an adult?

Are we ready to allow those types of consequences of having our teens be adults in an adult virtual world of responsibility? Can we count on the future relationships that our children will have, to be merciful and forgiving? Perhaps that would be if the nature of God and love is still an influence.
Imagine for a moment a future where your child doesn’t have a job interview, because companies have had access to social media records, as well as scholastic and medical records. There would never need to be an ‘in person’ interview.

Or, another scenario would be a prospective relationship. A father doesn’t like ateen-girls-computer-surprised new boy in his daughter’s life and he calls up the government for access to the boy’s history. (I can see all the current dads out there smiling, ‘hey, not a bad idea.’) What if that boy were you, and you had been convicted of a crime, only you were set up. Or, you had paid your debt to society, and you were turning your life around. Your confession of your past would no longer be on your terms, but it would be on the governments’ terms.
Is this what we want for our children’s future?

I would ask that you think twice of allowing your teen to be a part of our virtual world until they are old enough to understand the unintended consequences that may arise at any time. And that they are responsible to accept those consequences.

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Government vs Parents: The Tug-of-War over our Children

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Education, Family, Featured, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Religion, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Parents your children are in immediate danger! Stranger danger is prevalent! Local, State, and Federal agencies are coming after your children, sighting “experts” and “studies,” to demoralize the role of a parent in a child’s life.

Victorian Parents Educating ChildrenThe evidence is mounting and it’s past time that parents stand up as the leading experts and protectors of our children.

On March 3, 2013 published a story about the Obama Administration submitting a legal brief to the United State Supreme Court in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, which is disputing the Constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.

“The Justice Department presented its conclusions about parenthood in rebutting an argument made by proponents of Proposition 8 that the traditional two-parent family, led by both a mother and a father, was the ideal place, determined even by nature itself, to raise a child.

“The Obama administration argues this is not true. It argues that children need neither a father nor a mother and that having two fathers or two mothers is just as good as having one of each.

“The [California] Voter Guide arguably offered a distinct but related child-rearing justification for Proposition 8: ‘the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father,’” said the administration’s brief submitted to the court by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.

“As an initial matter, no sound basis exists for concluding that same-sex couples who have committed to marriage are anything other than fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing,” the Department of Justice told the court.

“To the contrary, many leading medical, psychological, and social-welfare organizations have issued policy statements opposing restrictions on gay and lesbian parenting based on their conclusion, supported by numerous scientific studies, that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are as likely to be well adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.”

“The weight of the scientific literature strongly supports the view that same-sex parents are just as capable as opposite-sex parents,” says the administration.

My article is not about the constitutionality of gay marriage. It is about the fact that the current administration believes that children are items, “human capital” if you will, for the benefit of the people. The terms “mother” and “father” are no longer valid, as the lines are being erased for gender identification. And with the eradication of those terms, so is the identity of the family, individual rights, and humanity.
At the same time, the Obama Administration is denying the request of a German family seeking political asylum in the United States, under Freedom of Religion. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have 6 children, and have chosen to homeschool, because they felt that their Evangelical Christian beliefs were not being taught in schools. The current law, making homeschool illegal, was created in 1938 under the Hitler regime. It is because of this law that the parents’ role have been undermined and they have been fined, put in jail, and now face the state taking their children away.

This case is now headed to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. It could set a precedent on the legitimate, unalienable right of the parent to decide what is best in the upbringing of their child!

The Obama Administration has made it unequivocally clear that parental rights are on the chopping block. In a statement concerning the Romeike Family, Eric Holder said, “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights.”

The government is clearly stepping on the toes of parents on how to teach their children. HSLDA lays out the argument on the dressing up of Totalitarianism, here:

It is time for parents to take a stand for our children! These are not the only two examples of parental rights infringement, look at the outrage over Common Core! Parents should be considered experts in what their children should learn, not the government. Consider what is being taught as normal today; creationism is considered a pseudo science at best, population control is considered necessary to save planet earth, and boys and girls have no gender roles anymore and can, therefore, walk into bathrooms/locker rooms ‘if’ they feel that they are different.

I had one of my local School District Board members say that parents have no right to determine what their kids need to learn. Too may people, in places of power, believe parents are no longer the experts.

I’ll tell you what: I have been an expert on my children for over 17 years. I became an expert the minute I found out I was pregnant with each of them. My husband and I are the ONLY ones with God given authority over our children. Laws and regulation that are set up to control my children’s locations, education, and health, are in violation of my unalienable rights! I am an expert on what my children’s needs are in every aspect; educational, physical, spiritual and temporal. I know their names, their individual likes and dislikes, their favorite colors, what their favorite foods are, their goals and dreams, and even their natural talents. I am the mother of 5 beautiful, talented, gifted, smart, well balanced children. I am the Aunt of 9 equally beautiful, talented, gifted, well balanced children. I am a friend with numerous mothers with multiple children. I am a M.O.M (Mother of Many) – EXPERT!

I will no longer allow the belittling of who I am and what role I play as an adult in my children’s lives.

We are the stewards of these children, by the authority of God, through our unalienable rights. As a mom, I will stand in front of these children, protecting them from the tyrants that are trying to take them away from us! Keep your hands off my children! The government has forced us into playing this silly tug-of-war. But make no mistake, this is a war for our children, and we, as parents need to stand up, and raise our voices loud and clear. Our children’s souls depend on it!

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Michelle Malkin’s “Rotten to the Core” Utah Style

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Economy, Education, Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Michelle Malkin released the fourth installment of her series “Rotten to the Core: The Fed’s Invasive Student Tracking Database.”

Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin

Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin

In it she talks extensively about the data tracking plans of students, gathering very private, invasive, information that goes beyond, the normal Social Security number, age, birth date, home address, etc.

Utahns Against Common Core, and Utah moms Alisa Ellis, Renee Braddy, and Christel Swasey, as well as myself, have been studying this topic for over a year. We have gathered evidence, and documented exchanges that confirms what Michelle Malkin is saying in her opt piece. However allow me to inform you what Michelle has left out, and specifically, how it affects Utah.

In Michelle’s piece she states, “Say goodbye to your children’s privacy. Say hello to an unprecedented nationwide student tracking system, whose data will apparently will be sold by government officials to the highest bidders.” These two statements are full of information. First, Yes! Do say goodbye! In an effort to gather this information, schools- including Utah- have been gathering every child’s medical history to put in their school portfolio. I’m not talking about vaccinations; I’m talking about assignment questions, that ask, “When was the last time you’ve seen your doctor,?” and “Who is your doctor?” Doubt me? I have an original copy of that assignment! By the way, that assignment was given without a parental signature.

Park City High School is collecting data from their students, and it is not random information, but – infact – DNA! A post on the Utahns Against Common Core website states, “The High School has apparently agreed to participate in a study where students will give DNA samples to a lab as an outbreak drill to test new lab equipment. The purpose is that in the future, they may want to determine how new H1N1 type diseases are spreading.”

These are only two of many examples concerning data collecting! This information is right under the noses of parents, and either they don’t recognize it, or won’t come forward because of fear. I know it’s intimidating, especially when you fear your child might be singled out and bullied – but can you imagine if those who are silent all took a step forward, how much pressure could be applied to make changes! You can read more about the data collecting here:

Michelle also references- the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Most parents don’t know that this law exists, nor would they know that there are two versions: Federal FERPA laws and Utah FERPA laws. In the middle of President Obama’s first term, Federal FERPA laws were changed without Congressional consent. Under the direction of his administration, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan amended some of the National FERPA laws, so that the National “student longitudinal data system” could acquire the data they need.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

I’ve copied some of the more pertinent points from the document, below. Every parent should be aware of FERPA and so I’ve provided the link here:

“SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 8, 2011, the Department published a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) in the Federal Register (76 FR 19726). In the preamble to the NPRM, the Secretary stated that the proposed changes were necessary to ensure the Department’s proper implementation of FERPA, while allowing for the effective use of student data, and to address other issues identified through the Department’s experience in administering FERPA.

“Protecting student privacy is paramount to the effective implementation of FERPA. All education data holders must act responsibly and be held accountable for safeguarding students’ personally identifiable information (PII) from education records. The need for clarity surrounding privacy protections and data security continues to grow as statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) are built and more education records are digitized and shared electronically. As States develop and refine their information management systems, it is critical that they take steps to ensure that student information is protected and that PII from education records is disclosed only for authorized purposes and under circumstances permitted by law. (When we use the term “disclose” in this document, we sometimes are referring to redisclosures as well.)

“The amendments reflected in these final regulations establish the procedures that State and local educational authorities, and Federal agencies headed by officials listed in Sec. 99.31(a)(3) (FERPA-permitted entities), their authorized representatives, and organizations conducting studies must follow to ensure compliance with FERPA. The amendments also reduce barriers that have inhibited the effective use of SLDS as envisioned in the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (the America COMPETES Act) (Pub. L. 110-69) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5). Finally, by expanding the requirements for written agreements and the Department’s enforcement mechanisms, the amendments help to ensure increased accountability on the part of those with access to PII from education records.

“These amendments include definitions for two previously undefined terms, “authorized representative” and “education program,” to permit greater access by appropriate and authorized parties to information on students in order to evaluate the effectiveness of education programs. Specifically, we have modified the definition of and requirements related to “directory information” to clarify (1) that the right to opt out of the disclosure of directory information under FERPA does not include the right to refuse to wear, or otherwise disclose, a student identification (ID) card or badge; (2) that schools may implement a limited directory information policy in which they specify the parties or purposes for which the information is disclosed; and (3) the Department’s authority to hold State educational authorities and other recipients of Department funds under a program administered by the Secretary accountable for compliance with FERPA.

“We believe that the regulatory changes adopted in these final regulations provide clarification on many important issues that have arisen over time with regard to how FERPA applies to SLDS and to other requests for data on student progress.”

Again, I remind the public that these changes were made without Congressional oversight! Are you awake yet?
Duncan Obama2
The nail in the coffin for all this hard work is the Student Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Utah was given a $9.2 million federal grant for helping to set up the State SLDS! John Brandt is the Technology Director and IT Coordinator for the Utah Department of Education. Mr. Brandt has been building this data system in congruency with the federal government’s help for over 18 months. At an Education Committee meeting I attended, he stated that he was almost finished with building the structure to maintain future, incoming data. He also stated that he hoped the legislature would continue to fund this “valuable tool” after the federal grant had expired. I was skeptical of Mr. Brandt’s statement that data would not be shared outside of Utah. Oh really? Then what strings are attached to the $9.2 million dollars? And why are the remaining 49 States creating similar systems? You can read the full account of the meeting here:

Governor Gary Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert

So, with all this careful planning and implementation, why and for whom is all this information being gathered? That explanation could go on forever, but I will focus on Governor Herbert’s program of Prosperity 2020 and President Obama’s 2020 educational goals. They are in alignment and not by accident. Since American citizens have been taxed to the max, what better way to generate more money than to create Public- Private Partnerships (PPP). “This ‘paradigm,’ of course, is that of sustainable development, which combines the power of the purse,one might call it, with the power of the sword. The resources of business (the power of the purse) are utilized to do the work of “governance” (the power of the sword)—with the former’s full cooperation and support.” (from a white paper published by the Liberty Garden, entitled “Public-Private Partnerships, the undermining of free enterprise, and the emergence of soft fascism”}

So now you have the formula: Federal and State Data Collecting – FERPA laws + PPP = a government-created workforce of our children for the use of enterprise!

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Common Core English Language Arts grow from Marxists ideas!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Education, Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Utah State Headlines | 1 comment

With the failings of No Child Left Behind, educators have been eager to jump on board with supporting Common Core State Standards.

The President of the National Education Association (NEA), Dennis Van Roekel praises Common Core saying,  “We believe that this initiative is a critical step in state efforts to provide every student with a comprehensive, content rich education. These standards can support the collaboration across states and stakeholders in providing programs, resources and policies that will help overcome the weaknesses and inequities in our schools today.”  In looking into Mr. Roekel’s background he is a staunch supporter of Unions and has stood with AFL-CIO leaders, giving a speech about union unity at meeting with the nation’s  12 largest Unions, in 2009. This move surprised many as it was the first time the NEA stood with the leading Unions.

David Coleman, current President of the College Board

In developing Common Core several leading ‘Educators’ where asked to be involved with the different subjects.   One individual was David Coleman.  David Coleman is currently the President of the College Board, a membership organization of high schools and colleges that administers the SAT, the Advanced Placement program and other standardized tests.  He is also known as “the” architect of Common Core Standards.

Mr. Coleman believes that there needs to be “Pedagogical Shifts”, or educational shifts, in the way we teach literacy and that more emphasis is needed in highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  He out lines 12 changes in education teaching: 6 for ELA and 6 for Math. You can find out about the specific shifts here:  If you would like to see a video of Mr. Coleman talking about the shifts you may do so here:   I could not finish the video as I was disgusted with the whole thing.

Mr. Coleman’s push for more evidence based literacy has guided the ELA standards to incorporate a 70% classical literature/30% informational text starting in 6th grade, slowing converting every year so that by the time the student is in 12th grade they are reading 70% informational text/30% classical literature.  A direct quote from Mr. Coleman shows his reasoning and complete lack of understanding  human interaction in classical literature.

“Do you know the two most popular forms of writing in the American high school today?…It is either the exposition of a personal opinion or the presentation of a personal matter. The only problem, forgive me for saying this so bluntly, the only problem with these two forms of writing is as you grow up in this world you realize people don’t really give a **** about what you feel or think. What they instead care about is can you make an argument with evidence, is there something verifiable behind what you’re saying or what you think or feel that you can demonstrate to me. It is a rare working environment that someone says, “Johnson, I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood.”

On a side note basis, David Coleman studied English literature at Oxford and classical educational philosophy at Cambridge.  You can’t get more classical than that!  And yet he “disdains fiction and personal writing.”

Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas

The complete opposite of Mr. Coleman is Sandra Stotsky, Professor of  Education Reform at the University of Arkansas.  Ms. Stotsky was on the board of developing the Common Core ESL standards but would not sign off on them.  In her testimony for a Hearing on House Bill No. 2923 April 15, 2011, she stated the following:

“Common Core’s “college readiness” standards for English language arts and reading do not aim for a level of achievement that signifies readiness for authentic college-level work. They point to no more than readiness for a high school diploma (and possibly not even that, depending on where the cut score on tests based on these standards is set). Despite claims to the contrary, they are not internationally benchmarked.”

I encourage you to read her full testimony here:  Also I should say that Ms. Stotsky has offered to the Utah State Board of Education that she would come to Utah for free and write English Language Arts standards that would surpass the current Common Core Standards.  The Board has turned her down on her offer.

Just released today in an article of the National Review, Washington Post’s George Will explains:

“The trouble with the new English curriculum is that it largely crowds out classic literature in favor of non-fiction. As teachers and students rebel against boring selections and the gutting of their most popular units, defenders of the Common Core claim that schools have missed qualifications in the new requirements (helpfully laid out in an obscure footnote).

Technically, the new non-fiction requirements can be satisfied in classes other than English. In practice, however, with science teachers unwilling to assign essays, English classes are forced to junk Huckleberry Finn in favor of readings such as “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” The potential for political abuse in a curriculum heavy with government documents and news articles should be obvious. Given the politics of most teachers, the new non-fiction requirements create a huge opening for leftist indoctrination. And that’s only the beginning of the potential political abuses of the Common Core.”

The importance of reading the classics is left out of the development of the child’s mind, in what it is like to be human!  The Common Core ESL standards are nothing short of directions on how to program the future assembly line worker.  Take away the soul of the child and you can control the out come of the world.  Pure destruction of human interaction, belief in one’s self, courage to over come hardships, showing compassion to loved ones and neighbors.

Common Core ESL standards will destroy an personal identity that is found through relating to characters  classical literature.  It falls in line with the need to eliminate gender identity, color of skin, economic status, freedom of speech, freedom of religion.  The Left/Socialists/Marxists/Progressives/Communists cannot afford to lose the children of the United States of America, for they

Fredrick Engels and Karl Marx

could be the antithesis of Freedom if taught!  To make my point Karl Marx and  Fredrick Engels “considered it absolutely impossible to understand art and literature proceeding only from their internal laws of development. In their opinion, the essence, origin, development, and social role of art could only be understood through analysis of the social system as a whole, within which the economic factor — the development, of productive forces in complex interaction with production relations — plays the decisive role”

And now with Common Core highly revered among teachers and most parents, I’m afraid that my children will be part of the minority left that knows about freedom of life, liberty and the individual pursuit of happiness.


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Senator Hatch votes ‘Yes’ to bring UN Treaty to floor

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Utah State Headlines | 5 comments

Today in a scheduled vote to have the Senate vote on bringing the discussion of the United Nations Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 61 Senators passed the measure.  Only 51 votes were required to have it pass.

So out of  curiosity I looked to see which Senators voted for it.  8 Moderate Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch voted ‘Yes’.  That truly surprised me as I was told by his office that he was fully against United Nations ratifications!  Why, oh why, would Mr. Hatch play his card in helping the United Nations get closer to having parental rights taken away?

So, I called his office in D.C.  The intern was as shocked as I was about Hatch’s vote and didn’t know what his reasoning was.  I was put through to a Legislative Assistant to Senator Hatch.  Our discussion was interesting to me.

Do you remember back during the Primary when Hatch would go around saying he was Conservative?  Well keep that in mind, please as I continue.

The reason for Senator Hatch’s vote of yes was because he was interested in seeing what the discussion would bring about.  According to the Assistant, Senator Hatch’s 25 year record of leading the fight for the rights of the Disabled prompted a responsibility to continue that fight.  And that the UN treaty was patterned after the Americans with Disabilities Act – which was co-sponsored by Senator Hatch in 1990.  The conversation continued with: Senator Hatch knew that his pro vote or lack of pro vote wouldn’t count as the measure already had the required votes to pass.  So he went on the record with a ‘YES’ vote.  I was also told that Senator Hatch would be voting ‘No’ when it comes time to ratify the treaty.

I did ask if there was an official press release of today’s vote, just to be safe.  And there was not.

My conclusion of the vote and the conversation is that Senator Hatch played with fire.  He should know exactly how the game is played by now, after 36 years in the Senate.  And that the power of suggestion is powerful!  The United Nations and those that support the cause are one more step closer, just one vote away, in possibly grabbing the biggest power play to date!

According to the Legislative Affliation of Family Research Council ”

U.S. sovereignty is at issue on a number of fronts, including that the CRPD presumes the establishment of rights contained in treaties that the United States has not ratified, including the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). These rights are not recognized by the United States Constitution, nor are provided by existing U.S. laws – however U.S. courts could use the ratification of the CRPD to force Americans to comply with other UN treaties which are against American interests.

The original ADA equally protects the rights of all parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, regardless of the disability status of parent or child. The CRPD would take away this right, obligating our government to ensure that “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” The phrase “best interests of the child” is an international law “term of art,” its meaning firmly established through consistent application by other bodies, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child. As one international legal scholar explains, “Best interests provides decision and policy makers with the authority to substitute their own decisions for either the child’s or the parents’ provided it is based on consideration of the best interests of the child.” In ratifying the CRPD, the government would apply this standard only to parents of disabled children – a position antithetical to the protection for parents provided by the ADA.”

Please spread this information around and call your Senators and tell them to vote “NO” when it comes time to ratify this treaty!

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