I had not paid much attention to the reported ‘coup’ in Honduras, until I heard Neal Boortz summarize the situation, apparently based on the Wall Street Journal article by Mary Anastasia O’Grady, “Honduras Defends Its Democracy”. Read the whole article here.
In summary, President Mel Zelaya, wanted to amend the constitution of Honduras to allow him to be president for life as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela did. In Honduras this requires a referendum which only the Congress can authorize.
Manuel Zelaya attempted to hold the referendum without Congressional approval and the courts forbid it, refusing to allow the ballots to be printed. Zelaya had the ballots printed in Venezuela by his model totalitarian dictator Hugo Chavez and delivered to Honduras. The Supreme Court ruled the referendum unconstitutional, because …. it was, and ordered the military not to carry out the election as it normally would do in the country.
The attorney general announced he would prosecute anyone trying to carry out the election, and arrested Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica.
Zelaya tried to put aside the rule of law and seize lifetime control. The rule of law won. It was not a coup in any common sense of the word. Yes he was removed from office by the military, but it was at the order of the courts and the attorney general and congress for openly violating the law, and trying to ursurp power while there was legal election to be held just a few months away
The most disturbing aspect is that Obama and Hillary Clinton openly supported Zelaya, insisting that he was ousted by an illegal coup. They clearly have no respect for the rule of law.
It is no secret that I have opposed most of Obama’s policies. I think card check was a job killer and that Cap and Trade is the most destructive economic act ever for absolutely no improvement in the environment. I have been stunned at the size of the so called “stimulus” package, the interference into our bankruptcy laws in the case of GM and Chrysler, and the misguided aim of his health insurance reforms. I doubt any of the supporters for these ludicrous expansions of government have any realistic possible idea how they will be paid for it.
But for our President and Secretary of State to openly support an illegal attempt by a Latin dictator to openly trounce his country’s constitution in order to establish a totalitarian rule may be the most worrisome act of this administration’s brief period in office. It clearly shows their contempt for the rule of law in favor of the rule of man.
Even my most liberal friends should be deeply concerned.