Nearly every U.N. represented country has signed and ratified the declaration. One notable exception is the United States. The furor over ratification of the Declaration in this country are the perceived threats to the institution of the family and a threat to our national sovereignty. 192 countries believe in the value of this Declaration. However, the Bush administration must think that the United States is distinct from the rest of the civilized world:
"The Convention on the Rights of the Child may be a positive tool for promoting child welfare for those countries that have adopted it. But we believe the text goes too far when it asserts entitlements based on economic, social and cultural rights. ... The human rights-based approach ... poses significant problems as used in this text."
Yup, we don't need to worry about human rights.
Pretty soon, we may be thumbing our nose at yet another standard of human rights, The Geneva Conventions. The LA Times reported today that the U.S. Army Manual may "omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans 'humiliating and degrading treatment' ..."
Let's not forget about the recent leak about the current administraion's complete lack of respect for due process when it comes to it's citizens' private phone converstations.
If this keeps up, we won't have to worry about stationing National Guardsmen on the borders to keep out illegal immigrants. No one will want to come here.