Hang Tough Honduras

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A sign from a pro-Honduran Government demonstration

Mary O’Grady, in The Wall Street Journal today, wrote about the deplorable tactics being used by the Obama State Dept to pressure the Honduran government to reinstate Zelaya.

Last week the administration took off the gloves and sent a message that it would use everything it has to break the neck of the Honduran democracy. Its bullying might work. But it will never be able to brag about what it has done.

The most recent example of the Obama-style Good Neighbor Policy was the announcement last week that visa services for Hondurans are suspended indefinitely, and that some $135 million in bilateral aid might be cut. But these are only the public examples of its hardball tactics. Much nastier stuff is going on behind the scenes, practiced by a presidency that once promised the American people greater transparency and a less interventionist foreign policy.

To recap, the Honduran military in June executed a Supreme Court arrest warrant against Mr. Zelaya for trying to hold a referendum on whether he should be able to run for a second term. Article 239 of the Honduran constitution states that any president who tries for a second term automatically loses the privilege of his office. By insisting that Mr. Zelaya be returned to power, the U.S. is trying to force Honduras to violate its own constitution.

It is also asking Hondurans to risk the fate of Venezuela. They know how Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez went from being democratically elected the first time, in 1998, to making himself dictator for life. He did it by destroying his country’s institutional checks and balances. When Mr. Zelaya moved to do the same in Honduras, the nation cut him off at the pass.

Former President GW Bush was not popular (to say the least) with the Commie Cool Club of South America. Obama, on the other hand, is eager to be seen as friendly with the likes of Chavez of Venezuela, Castro of Cuba, and Ortega of Nicaragua, and has sided with Zelaya, the enemy of his county’s constitution.

Mr. Obama’s methods are decidedly uncool. Prominent Hondurans, including leading members of the business community, complain that a State Department official has been pressuring them to push the interim government to accept the return of Mr. Zelaya to power.

When I asked the State Department whether it was employing such dirty tricks a spokeswoman would only say the U.S. has been “encouraging all members of civil society to support the San Jose ‘accord'”—which calls for Mr. Zelaya to be restored to power. Perhaps something was lost in the translation but threats to use U.S. power against a small, poor nation hardly qualify as encouragement.

Elsewhere in the region there are reports that U.S. officials have been calling Latin governments to demand that they support the U.S. position. When I asked State whether that was true, a spokeswoman would not answer the question. She would only say that the U.S. is “cooperating with the [Organization of American States] and [Costa Rican President] Oscar Arias to support the San José accord.”

The San Jose accord is bulls**t. Honduras had said from the beginning that Zelaya’s return to power was off the table.

How dare outsiders try to force a country to violate its own constitution.

Freedom lies in being bold.

Hang tough, Honduras.

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Previously:

“Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

Reminder: Tomorrow Whole Foods Buycott

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is encouraging buycotts of Whole Foods across the nation, on Sep. 1.

Here’s some information for the KC area:

Whole Foods “Buycott”

Join us and patriots nationwide as we support Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. Mackey has faced opposition and attacks from liberals and unions after his op-ed opposing universal healthcare appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Mackey supports free markets and opposes Obamacare.

Kansas City is joining in the nationwide “buycott” so that as conservatives, we can spend our money at places that support our ideology.

Do your grocery shopping on September 1st at the
Whole Foods store in Kansas City located at 4301 Main Street, Kansas City, MO.
We’re asking people to shop between 6pm-9pm if possible.

More buycotts scheduled:

6 pm in St.Louis, Missouri at the Whole Foods store in Town and Country off Clayton Road
7 pm in Dallas, Texas at the Whole Foods store at 11700 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas

Let’s show our support for Mr. Mackey’s advocacy of free-market health-care reforms.

Thanks to Ginger for the reminder.

One More:

Another buycott is scheduled at the San Antonio Whole Foods Market at the Quarry Market. More info, here.

If anyone knows of any others, please let me know.

UPDATE:

I missed this video of John Stossel’s interview with John Macky, last week.  It’s definitely worth a watch if you’ve not yet seen it:

Video: TX Rep. Joe Barton: “ObamaCare Dead On Arrival”

TX Congressman Joe Barton, the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce committee said during his interview on Fox, this morning, that he thinks that Obama has “fumbled the football”, and that the bill is “dead on arrival”.

“If they somehow manage to get the votes and get enough Democrats to walk the plank and commit suicide, in the next Congress, I’ll be chairman Joe Barton of the Energy and Commerce committee, and we’ll repeal it,” Barton said.

Repeal the stimulus bill, too, while you’re at it. I believe a majority of Americans would favor it.

In related news:

Rassmussen:

46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove.

Hat tip: Real Clear Politics

LOL:CA Democrat Party Sends Out Urgent Fundraising Letter Over “Chilling” Town Hall Video

This gave me my laugh of the day. How humor impaired is the CA Democrat party? Check out what has given them the vapors:

Of course, the commentary accompanying the video on YouTube doesn’t help matters:

Watch Rep. Wally Herger encourage right-wing terrorism by calling a self-proclaimed “proud right-wing terrorist” a “great American” at a recent town hall meeting.

ZOMG! Shocking!

Here’s some of the fund raising letter sent out by the CA Dummicrat party:

Members of Congress around the country have held some heated town hall events this month. But the rhetoric went above and beyond at a recent town hall meeting held by Republican Rep. Wally Herger.
At the meeting in Redding, a man stood up and identified himself as “a proud right-wing terrorist.” Instead of denouncing him, Congressman Herger called the man “a great American.”

That’s outrageous –which is why the California Democratic Party is buying newspaper ads next week in the Mt. Shasta Herald and the Redding Searchlight, demanding that Herger apologize and repudiate right-wing terrorism.

For a scathing and scatological response to these doofuses, see Misha at Anti-Idiotarion Rottweiler.

Some People You Just Can’t Reach…

MORE

Here are some  pictures of right wing extremists from tea parties across the nation.

Caution! Chilling material ahead:

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Good God, he even has the Timothy McVeigh military style haircut

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Chilling!

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Yes, you do lady, now put down your sign, and let the CA Dem party catch their breath.

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Oh my!

Always on the cutting edge of stupid, MSNBC’s uberdork Keef Olbermann made Rep.  Herger his “Worst Person of the World”, last week, ranting that Herger was bound by oath to uphold the Constitution, dammit!

Start at 2:30:

And if some buffoon in his audience calls himself a terrorist, he is minimally required to remind him what that means…and how many Americans have died at the hands of terrorists, and you have to tell them to shut the hell up until he can come close to living up to what you told everybody in that crowd when that little FASCIST rally started, they have to respect each other’s opinions. (*irony meter explosion*) And if you can’t Congressman Herger, you’re not entitled to serve as Redding’s DOG CATCHER – let alone to be in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Wally (a right wing terrorist is a great American) Herger, of the CA 2nd, today’s Worst Person in the World!!1111!!1!!

They didn’t teach the Constitution at that Ag college he went to, did they?

One more:

Via American Power, here’s a harrowing photo from  one of this weekend’s tea parties in Nevada:

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Good grief!!! Could someone who has read the Constitution PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THIS FASCIST that he needs to “shut the hell up” because thousands of Americans have died at the hands of radicals?!

A Shot Across The Bow: A Reclamation Of Independence

THE RECLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere

Free Citizen of the United States of America,

August 29, 2009

WHEN IN THE GENERATIONS  SUCCEEDING the one that pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to usher in the birth of the world’s only truly free nation, Liberty’s Progeny incrementally ceded their birthright to the government conceived and designed to serve a free people, and not be its servant, this generation is awakening to the terrible mistake that we, and our ancestors allowed to happen.  Charged with the terrible knowledge that comes with opened eyes, we now take up the long abdicated duty to rouse our fellow citizens and actively wrest the power and the liberties that have been progressively talked, cajoled, threatened, wheedled, and extorted from us, not only by those who ostensibly served us, but by their supporters and enablers who, by accident or design, saw fit to usurp and disdain such freedoms, that they might be withheld, and where impossible to withhold, might be condemned, until a corrosive contempt for these liberties, wrapped in velvet gloves, might so suffocate the circulation of them that this nation, conceived in liberty and the providence of a wise and benevolent creator, might indeed perish from the earth, plunging the rightful heirs of a proud and noble heritage in the the darkened waters of chaos, despair, and evil that surround them, a dank deluge that even today, other human beings actively seek to escape from in the inspiring embrace of this blessed and free country.

We, the awakened and aware, freely accept the charge that the architects of this republic passed on to us over two centuries before, in the hope that all who partook in the blessings made possible by nation they created would somberly undertake the duties of citizens, and so appropriately train themselves in virtue, and educate themselves in the workings of the precepts and ideals set forth in their foundational documents that they would possess enough wisdom to recognize that not all threats to our freedom would come from without our ranks, the knowledge to recognize that not every chain and shackle menacing us will immediately appear to be what it actually is, and the humilitynot to assume that the ingenuity and innovation that has been the hallmark of American success has been the product of man alone.

To this end, we hereby identify and reclaim our independence from the tools used to slowly enslave a free people and usurp the freedoms that we could not be persuaded to freely give up, or voluntarily suppress the free exercise of on our own:

Read the seven terms of the Reclamation by the author, here.

Video:Dick Cheney On Fox News Sunday

In case you missed this earlier this morning:

“Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

If you thought, as I did, that the Obama administration was backing off its threats to punish the tiny nation of Honduras for ousting would be dictator, Manuel Zelaya, you would be wrong. The Obama administration is dead set against taking any actions that don’t shock and demoralize the senses of freedom loving people everywhere.

Hans Bader of The Examiner reports:

The Obama Administration is about to cut off humanitarian aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Earlier, the Obama Administration blocked travel to the United States by the people of Honduras.

Both actions are foolish responses to a recent ruling by the supreme court of Honduras refusing to approve the return to power of the country’s bullying ex-president and would-be dictator, Mel Zelaya. Zelaya was earlier arrested by soldiers acting on orders of the Honduras Supreme Court, replaced by his country’s Congress with a civilian successor, and forced into exile. Zelaya’s removal came after he systematically abused his powers: he sought to circumvent constitutional term limits, used mobs to intimidate his critics, threatened public employees with termination if they refused to help him violate the Constitution, engaged in massive corruption, illegally cut off public funds to local governments whose leaders refused to back his quest for more power, denied basic government services to his critics, refused to enforce dozens of laws passed by Congress, and spent the country into virtual bankruptcy, refusing to submit a budget so that he could illegally spend public funds on his cronies.

State Department lawyers, who are not experts on Honduran law, plan to declare the ex-president’s removal a “military coup” to justify cutting off aid, even though Honduras has a civilian president, and the ex-president was lawfully removed from office (although his subsequent exile may technically have violated Honduran law).

Journalists nonsensically refer to Honduras’s removal of its ex-president as a “coup” even while admitting that it was ordered by the country’s supreme court. But if it was legal, by definition, it cannot be a coup, since a coup is defined as “the unconstitutional overthrow of a legitimate government by a small group.”

The ex-president’s removal was perfectly constitutional, say many lawyers and foreign policy experts, including attorneys Octavio Sanchez, Miguel Estrada, and Dan Miller, former Assistant Secretary of State Kim Holmes, Stanford’s William Ratliff, and the Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady.

Even as Obama’s actions are supported by his ideological brethren, the Cuban communist dictator Castro and the Venezuelan socialist dictator Chavez, they have not shown him any love for throwing Honduras under the bus:

The dictators Castro and Chavez continue to attack and oppose the United States at every turn, and oppose all of its Latin American initiatives, like its plans for bases in Colombia to fight drug trafficking. Obama has received nothing in exchange for his appeasement of Latin America’s left.

PREVIOUSLY:

State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

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