June 30, 2009
Coup e'etat coming to America?
Source: Mary Anastasia O'Grady
Honduras Defends Its Democracy
Source: Dennis Prager
All eyes on Honduras
The Wages of Chavismo
Source: Barry Schweid, AP Diplomatic Writer
OAS gives 3-day deadline to Honduran coup leaders
Here is the real story you will not find elsewhere.
The military of Honduras did not perform a coup d'etat as commonly reported. -- They simply followed the orders of the Supreme Court, who demanded that the military preserve Republican rule in Honduras from a President who was quickly becoming a dictator.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now on record as condemning this rescue of Honduras. As AP writer Barry Schweid reports:
Calling Zelaya's overthrow an "old-fashioned coup," (OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel) Insulza said: "We need to show clearly that military coups will not be accepted. We thought we were in an era when military coups were no longer possible in this hemisphere."
Even in the "Oh my God, this was an old-fashioned coup" garbage piece by AP writer Schweid, he wrote that:
"Roberto Micheletti, (was) named by Honduras' Congress as the new president".
When you write a news story, you cannot have it both ways.
An old-fashioned military coup d'etat would have a military junta running the country, yet even AP writer Schweid admits that a democratically-elected Congress selected the president to replace leftist Zelaya.
The military immediately gave control back to the President of the Congress, a man in the same party as the ousted Zalaya.
Doesn't seem like much a a coup.
Meanwhile, Obama and Hillary are jumping all over this overthrow of a leftist "wanna-be" dictator, as the worst defeat of democracy ever. While in Iran, Obama and Hillary are waiting out the fuss over allegations of rigged democractic elections.
Seems that the credibility of the OAS is a little suspect, the credibility of Obama again, along with the credibility of the AP for not reporting all the details, as Mary O'Grady has studiously done in her piece "Honduras Defends Its Democracy
" reprinted at the end.
President Obama is joining the U.N., Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and other model democrats in demanding that Mr. Zelaya be allowed to return from exile and restored to power.
Maybe it's time to sort the real from the phony Latin American democrats.
-- Wall Streat Journal
Moral of the story
As our founders warned us -- Democracies always end up in mob rule, which is shortly followed by a dictatorship.
Only our "checks and balances" of distributed power has proven to work for any period of time.
And then we managed to break that by enacting the 17th Amendment which bypasses the power of the States to "check and balance" the power of the Federal government.
The Legacy of Democracies
The media-Scribes talk up democracy all the time, but it never works.
It does not even work in Israel.
When the British Mandate was created at the end of WWI, the Palestinians asked, begged and pleaded with Churchill for a democracy in their lands, just like what the English had in theirs.
But Churchill adamantly and steadfastly refused to give them a democracy
Churchill's puppet-masters in the Sanhedrin knew that the Muslims were the majority and with majority rule would come the failure of creating Israel.
The creation of Israel trumped all other moral considerations in the mind of Churchill.
Heck, the Jews saw socialist Hitler, democratically elected, then morph into a dictator and their sworn enemy.
So why do the Jewish Pharisees and media-Scribes keep holding up democracy as the gold standard?
Well, exactly because it doesn't work, but they know how to make it work for them in the end.
Tsar Alexander II's emancipation of the Serfs and plans for a Duma parliament only led to his assassination by Jewish terrorists. Tsar Nicholas did establish a Duma, but the masses were steered into Judeo-Communism by Jewish terrorists.
Same with Chavez. Democratically elected and yet slowly morphing into a communist "president for life".
Shall we include Castro, "the freedom fighter"? The freedom fighter never gave his country freedom, but a communist hell ever since, as documented by .
Zelaya of Honduras was a leftist who gained power with the vote of uneducated masses and then tried to take dictatorial powers once in office.
Question for our time?
With Obama nothing more than a Zelaya usurper, not being a natural born citizen and trying to take dictatorial powers, can we ask our Supreme Court to ask our military to remove this usurping President Obama, thus restoring our Republic?
That Mr. Zelaya acted as if he were above the law, there is no doubt. While Honduran law allows for a constitutional rewrite, the power to open that door does not lie with the president. A constituent assembly can only be called through a national referendum approved by its Congress.
But Mr. Zelaya declared the vote on his own and had Mr. Chávez ship him the necessary ballots from Venezuela. The Supreme Court ruled his referendum unconstitutional, and it instructed the military not to carry out the logistics of the vote as it normally would do.
The top military commander, Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, told the president that he would have to comply. Mr. Zelaya promptly fired him. The Supreme Court ordered him reinstated. Mr. Zelaya refused.
Calculating that some critical mass of Hondurans would take his side, the president decided he would run the referendum himself. So on Thursday he led a mob that broke into the military installation where the ballots from Venezuela were being stored and then had his supporters distribute them in defiance of the Supreme Court's order.
The attorney general had already made clear that the referendum was illegal, and he further announced that he would prosecute anyone involved in carrying it out. Yesterday, Mr. Zelaya was arrested by the military and is now in exile in Costa Rica.
It remains to be seen what Mr. Zelaya's next move will be. It's not surprising that chavistas throughout the region are claiming that he was victim of a military coup. They want to hide the fact that the military was acting on a court order to defend the rule of law and the constitution, and that the Congress asserted itself for that purpose, too.
Mrs. Clinton has piled on as well. Yesterday she accused Honduras of violating "the precepts of the Interamerican Democratic Charter" and said it "should be condemned by all." Fidel Castro did just that. Mr. Chávez pledged to overthrow the new government.
Honduras is fighting back by strictly following the constitution. The Honduran Congress met in emergency session yesterday and designated its president as the interim executive as stipulated in Honduran law. It also said that presidential elections set for November will go forward. The Supreme Court later said that the military acted on its orders. It also said that when Mr. Zelaya realized that he was going to be prosecuted for his illegal behavior, he agreed to an offer to resign in exchange for safe passage out of the country. Mr. Zelaya denies it.
Many Hondurans are going to be celebrating Mr. Zelaya's foreign excursion. Street protests against his heavy-handed tactics had already begun last week. On Friday a large number of military reservists took their turn. "We won't go backwards," one sign said. "We want to live in peace, freedom and development."
Besides opposition from the Congress, the Supreme Court, the electoral tribunal and the attorney general, the president had also become persona non grata with the Catholic Church and numerous evangelical church leaders. On Thursday evening his own party in Congress sponsored a resolution to investigate whether he is mentally unfit to remain in office.
For Hondurans who still remember military dictatorship, Mr. Zelaya also has another strike against him: He keeps rotten company. Earlier this month he hosted an OAS general assembly and led the effort, along side OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, to bring Cuba back into the supposedly democratic organization.
The OAS response is no surprise. Former Argentine Ambassador to the U.N. Emilio Cárdenas told me on Saturday that he was concerned that "the OAS under Insulza has not taken seriously the so-called 'democratic charter.' It seems to believe that only military 'coups' can challenge democracy. The truth is that democracy can be challenged from within, as the experiences of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and now Honduras, prove." A less-kind interpretation of Mr. Insulza's judgment is that he doesn't mind the Chávez-style coup.
The struggle against chavismo has never been about left-right politics. It is about defending the independence of institutions that keep presidents from becoming dictators. This crisis clearly delineates the problem. In failing to come to the aid of checks and balances, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Insulza expose their true colors.
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