Critics of Republican attempts to attach a repeal/defund-Obamacare rider to must pass legislation complain that it, and all the votes to do the same before it, were futile and a waste time and effort since these provisions and/or the bills they are attached to will never pass the Senate or get by a promised veto by the President.
Where are these critical voices now that the Secretary of State John Kerry signed a controversial U.N. gun control treaty which U.S. Senators have warned for years is dead on arrival.
For any treaty to become binding on the U.S. or for the President to impose regulations and rules to make a treaty effective, it must be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate – 67 votes. Earlier this year, President Obama and his anti-gun allies in the Senate were unable to muster the 60 votes necessary to pass universal background checks, much less a simple majority to ban assault weapons. So what makes him think the Senate would go along with a U.N. sponsored treaty that could be used to do even more harm individuals’ right to keep and bear arms? Especially after multiple Senators have repeatedly stated that the treaty can’t pass the Senate.
Quite aside from the politics, as I have written before, that the treaty is bad as a matter of policy, so it’s good, in this case, that we have the Senate to check the administration’s ambitions.
I only wish more Administration rules, regulations and laws required a 2/3 majority to become the law of the land – that could result in the truly limited government our founders envisioned.