In the event you are curious about what is happening in Honduras – and if you aren’t you ought to be – here’s the deal:
President Zelaya tried to rewrite the Honduran Constitution all by himself. While the Honduran Constitution provides for rewrites, such a constitutional convention can only be called by national referendum approved by Congress. In an effort to mimic Hugo Chavez in overturning democracy, Zelaya decided to ram through a referendum on his own and had ballots shipped-in from the Venezuelan dictator.
The Honduran Supreme Court ruled this unconstitutional and instructed the military not to carry out the voting logistics it normally handles. Zelaya fired the top General for obeying the Supreme Court, then had a mob break-in to the storage location and distribute the ballots in defiance of the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
The Supreme Court ruled that the General be reinstated and the Attorney General made it clear that the referendum was illegal and announced he would prosecute anyone involved in carrying it out. Zelaya was then arrested by the military and is in exile in Costa Rica.
This is called, ‘following the rule of law,’ and not, as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Hilary Clinton have called it – with, one assumes, the full support of President Obama – a military coup.
Why is this important in the US?
Two issues exist here and adults in the US need to pay attention.
1. Our SecState, with the obvious acquiescence of the president, is opposing the right of free people, through their Constitution and the rule of law, to toss a tyrant disobeying that law. Obama’s administration, through his SecState Clinton certainly has proven that the raw power of dictatorship by the Left is more important to them than freedom, liberty, democracy, individual rights and the rule of law – not that this is any surprise to those who have watched Hilary’s career or Obama’s recent actions.
2. I hope our military is paying attention, as this could easily be replayed here shortly. The only Constitutional duty of our military, and the oath of all serving – and all who have served – is “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” NOT to protect the President. NOT to protect the Congress. To protect the Constitution.
Perhaps one day soon our military will awaken to its job.