The Organization of American States (OAS) has given the new Honduran government 72 hours to reinstate former President, Manuel Zelaya – or be suspended form the OAS. I might be completely in the wrong about this, but I predict President Micheletti, the Honduran Supreme Court and the Honduran Congress will tell the OAS to take that long walk. I see a thumb of the nose coming, but done with respect and a plea to please, please take a look at the evidence and understand that those responsible for preserving the Honduran Constitution, with the exception of Manuel Zelaya, are doing their jobs to keep Honduras a free country. See updates below.
If you have any reservations about what actually took place when the “coup,” which seems to be more of a “constitutional succession,” please read this, and know that in December 2008 Zelaya tried to nationalize the oil companies into one state-owned oil company. But the current unforgivable action by Zelaya was to hold an unconstitutional referendum to change the Constitution to extend the the term of his own presidency. The Honduran people evidently like their existing constitutional clause determining the time a president can remain president:
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.
What would you think if President Obama called his own referendum to do the same without the sanction of Congress…which is unlawful? How would you feel if he had ballots printed in Venezuela – or any other country and had them shipped here to distribute to the people against the rule of law? That’s what’s going down in Honduras.
I’ll be the first to say that the jeopardy here is the military taking and keeping control. So far, there is no reason to think that is what is happening. At this time, Micheletti has been put into office until the next election. That’s in the future and we cannot know it, but we certainly know the past. The Honduran people are fighting for their freedom. Get the details here.
Related and an excellent piece on what is at stake for the Honduran people:
The Honduran Counter-Coup
Reuters is reporting that President Obama has suspended “joint military operations with Honduras to protest a “coup.” The administration is also considering a “cutoff or suspension of American financial assistance.”
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