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9/7/2012 4:24:01 PM
Mike Farris--HSLDA
Preserve American Sovereignty on Constitution Day!

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Preserve American Sovereignty on Constitution Day!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Wednesday morning we received word that proponents of the Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are pushing for a
September vote in the Senate. As I explained in an earlier article
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15659 , this treaty is bad news for
American sovereignty and bad news for families. We must stop it from
coming to a vote in September.

So I urge you to visit the local offices of your U.S. senators on
Monday, September 17 - the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S.
Constitution.

Some allied organizations are coordinating group visits, and I would
encourage you to take advantage of those if you can. But whether you
go with a group or invest five crucial minutes on your own, an
in-person visit is by far the single greatest impact you can have. It
far outweighs emails or even a phone call!

Our goal is to have at least a dozen constituents visit each senator.
So if you plan to participate, please let us know by sending an email
to senatevisits@parentalrights.org.

Who Do I Need to Visit?

The 15 senators listed here http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15660
are already committed to stand with us and do not require your visit,
though you might drop by long enough to say, "Thank you."

The office locations of targeted senators are listed here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15661 . If the offices of your two
senators are not listed, you can find them by using our online
Legislative Toolbox: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15662

Either way, I cannot urge you strongly enough: please visit your
senators on September 17!

What Do I Say?

Here are a few talking points you might share when you visit:

> Under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the CRPD will become the
"supreme law of the land," overriding anything to the contrary in
local, state, or federal law.

> Parents of disabled children know better than anyone what it is like
to have bureaucrats and officials second-guessing their every
decision. Article 7 of the CRPD will take away their right to be the
ultimate decision makers for their child.

> The Understandings adopted by the Senate are poorly worded and do
not have the legal effect proponents claim they will. The so-called
"private action" understanding, for instance, does not uphold
"current" U.S. law. Omission of the word "current" means the U.S. will
be obligated to make changes in our law in order to fulfill our
commitment under the treaty.

> Ratifying the CRPD would be the first time we have obligated our
nation to recognize social, economic, and cultural entitlements and
privileges as "rights" under domestic law.

In addition to these points, you can also take with you a copy of my
response to Senator Rockefeller, available here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15663

I realize that in some states a visit to your senators' offices means
a serious investment of time and travel. But your senators realize
this, too - which is why your visit can be so very important.

Please join us in standing up for America and for your rights this
Constitution Day.

Sincerely,

Michael Farris
President

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