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

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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