Reality emerges on Honduras “coup”

Context is quickly emerging surrounding the recent power shift in Honduras, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the so-called ‘coup’ wasn’t a coup at all – but rather an effort by Hondurans to preserve their democratic system from a potential left wing despot.

Writes Ray Walser of the Heritage Foundation in the New York Post: A coup to protect a constitution: Honduras ousts rogue president.

And Charles Krauthammer on Fox News, via Real Clear Politics: Obama is wrong.

In Honduras, a president acting illegally has been removed from office and replaced in democratic fashion. The only thing complicating this is that said president was a would-be leftist strongman – and thus enjoys automatic support of  fellow left-wing authoritarians in the region, and apparently, the President of the United States of America.

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4 responses to “Reality emerges on Honduras “coup”

  1. bruce masters

    They have an election in four months, it was their supreme court that executed the order to remove the president, and afterwards no genocidal type government has arisen from the ashes. The politicians of The United States who oppose such actions in other countries are fearful of the growing opposition in Americans today toward their policies, the invasion of privacy of government in every aspect of Our daily lives, and the chiseling away at Our own Constitution. All politicians say, keep your eye on the future, only to find out this is to keep you unimformed of their past. Our track record on foreign policy is satanic at best, even when seemingly done with every good intent, the outcome almost always ends up with a massive body count or a regime that resembles the exact opposite of what Americans believe to represent American values and human rights. Hondurans legally ousted the ex-president of their country and should be respected and admired for their convictions and a willingness to defend their constitution regardless of the extreme opposition they face in doing so. If Iran did what the Hondurans did, what would be the policy there? I doubt you would hear any objection from Washington, even if the people killed the current leaders instead of simply deporting them to prevent further influence of a dictatorial regime and inevitable civil war. A sovereign state is what it is, it is sovereign under a constitution to be respected by the citizens, public officials, and the world community, like it or not. Constitutional Republics grow from within and the people within are the ones who can achieve and maintain either by protest or uprising against a government that seeks to deprive the citizens of the rights given them under the constitution of their sovereign state. I am pretty sure that if one of our public officials was found guilty of what can only be described as treason. He or she would be more than happy to be deported, because they would be on trial for their lives. Yes, treason is punishable up to death! In short Hondurans are better off without US input and we have enough on our plate to last a generation or two, three, who knows. FAF Fix America First !

  2. Chris Ikenberry

    Had President Zelaya had chosen to try and continue to hold onto power after his term you would have an argument. If this type of behavior was applied to the U.S. how stabile would our government be today? Every time one of the U.S. Presidents conflicted with the constitution he would be immediately overthrown? As much as Bush Jr. violated our Constitution I would never had wanted to overthrown in such a manner.

    Come on by the way, is this Fox News? I never come close to saying that I supported Zeleya’s actions. For your information I do not. He was ignoring the courts and trying to conduct an illegal plebiscite. Even though it appears that it was non-binding the high court had ruled it unconstitutional.

  3. Brian Johnson

    Chris, consider the former president’s actions. He was acting illegally and ignoring judicial authority. At some point, you physically remove those who are not acting within the law. That seems to be what happened.

    In this case, the replacement was installed as prescribed by the constitution (i.e. by the legislature, and for an interim period only), if I’m informed correctly.

    Are you saying you support what the former president was doing? If so, I’d hardly say that you are supporting democracy.

  4. Chris Ikenberry

    “Hondurans to preserve their democratic system from a potential left wing despot.”

    The President was a democratically elected whether you like it or not. Just like Chavez was democratically elected and the U.S. supported the coup that overthrow him in 2003 which was quickly undone by the Venezuelans. I despise Chavez as a leader of nation but respect the will of it’s people and until this point Chavez has not violated their will. If you want to support democracy in the world you actually have to believe in it and deal with when it does not side with you. The Military in Honduras is now cracking down on journalists just like in Iran. The correct thing to do would have been to challenge the Honduranian president’s referendum and not kidnap and deport him to Costa Rica.

    “In Honduras, a president acting illegally has been removed from office and replaced in democratic fashion.”

    You shouldn’t support someone just because they are left wing or right wing. The people of Honduras chose their president and pretending now that he was replaced in a “democratic fashion” is inane. Let’s not damage the brand of Democracy even more than we already have. Important example and relevant example is the 1953 overthrow of Mosaddeq in Iran which created the problem of the current regime in Iran today that may be hopefully undone by it‘s people without the meddling of outside nations which only serve to solidify the power of the conservative powers now in charge.

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