Naturally, the anti-American, socialist-sympathizing Democrats are all in an uproar because the Republican minority in the Senate blocked ratification of a treaty that basically writes the Americans with Disabilities Act into international law.

What part of “American exceptionalism” don’t they understand?

If we let all those other countries, full of funny-looking people with weird names, imitate our laws, then what will be special about the Greatest Country on Earth? Moral leadership is all well and good, but to lead you have to be ahead, and stay ahead. So we can’t let everyone else catch up with us in treating people with disabilities decently.

And yes, Marco Rubio voted against it. Here’s looking forward to wheelchair blockades of every Republican fundraiser and Presidential debate in 2016.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.