We have no business whatsoever of accusing the ‘left’ that facts confuse them when WE can not get our facts straight. We have no business of accusing the ‘left’ of spreading fear when WE do exactly the same.
The following is making the rounds over the internet again.
The 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us?
We came four votes away from the U.S. Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
For the ‘information deprived’ among us, the above paragraph is frightening. But lets look at the actual facts that might help these folks.
First of all, an actual vote on the UN Arm Trade Treaty (ATT) never happened. What did happen is that these 46 Senators were voting on the BUDGET of which the Sen Inhofe [R-OK] Amendment was attached.
Now, lets do some basic number crunching. Don’t worry, this is basic addition and subtraction. Not rocket science.
There are 61 Senators who are on record opposing the ATT. That leaves 39 other Senators to be considered. You subtract that 39 from the so called 46 and we are left with 7. What this means is that there must be at least 7 of the 46 who are on record as opposing the ATT and these are Democrats.
Lets now look at this Constitutionally, but more importantly the Senate Rules. The Senate rules state that a 2/3 majority of those Senators ‘Elected and Sworn’ are needed for ‘Advice and Consent’ of the Senate for any treaty. This means that all we need is 34 votes opposing for this to fail. Well, since it appears that there are at least 61 on record opposing, this will never pass. To put this into perspective, although there are 61 already opposing, the total we need to defeat is only 34 votes. That’s 27 votes, at a bare minimum over the top to defeat the ATT. That number could be even higher.
Although SoS John Kerry sign this treaty on behalf of the US, his signature is absolutely worthless. His signature only facilitated getting the treaty passed to the Senate. So this begs the question. ‘Why hasn’t this come to the floor of the Senate’? Well it’s only too obvious. If Harry Reid did bring it to the floor, the resounding defeat would be political suicide. Dingy Harry is not dumb.
Of course, the above numbers could change dramatically with the mid term elections.
Make your vote count. VOTE !!!
Lastly, this all happened in March 2013. As of this writing, this is almost a year old.