This is particularly astonishing when you consider the fact that, way back in 1990, the ADA passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a final vote of 91-6. In fact, six of the Republicans who voted against the UN treaty actually supported the ADA over 20 years ago. If that isn't a sobering reminder of just how far right our political landscape has swung over the past two decades, then I don't know what is.
It's deeply embarrassing to live in a country where conservatives view every attempt at international cooperation as a threat to American sovereignty. I don't know how anyone expects to make things better without working together. I can only hope that, over the next decade, we see a significant uptick in the common sense and cooperative spirit that the GOP's current leaders are clearly lacking.