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Barack Banana Bolshevism Doctrine–Marxists Forever–Republicans–Not Legal–Obey Obama Or The Stink Eye!

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The most important political development of the second millennium was the firm establishment, first in one or two countries, then in many, of the rule of law. Its acceptance and enforcement in any society is far more vital to the happiness of the majority than is even democracy itself. For democracy, without the rule of law to uphold the wishes of the electorate, is worthless, as the history of the past half-century has shown again and again in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The Soviet Union had, in theory, a wonderfully democratic constitution, But it lacked the rule of law entirely, and as a result Stalin was able to murder 30 million of its citizens and die safely in his bed, unarraigned and unpunished.

“What do we mean by the rule of law? We mean a judicial regime in which everyone is equal before the law, and everyone–and every institution–is subject to it.”

~Paul Johnson, Laying Down the Law, The Wall St. Journal, March 10, 1999,

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=65000285

Banana Boat Song–Now Obama’s Signature Song

Honduras president seeks constitutional change


 

Obama on Honduras

Honduras – The Truth not being told in CNN!!!

Honduras ex-President Manuel Zelaya Allegedly Tied to Drug Trafficking

Krauthammer et al. on the Honduras coup

Barack Obama Blasted on Honduras Developments: “Shame on You”

 The Honduran constitution has a provision that presidents of their country can serve for only one four year term.

“…Section V, Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Honduras of 1982 establishes the President as the executive branch of government and sets forth the powers and qualifications for the office. Qualifications are extremely stringent, designed to prevent a dictatorship by political, military, or business figures. To be eligible to run for president, the candidate is required to:

  • Be a natural-born Honduran.
  • Be older than 30 years old at the time of election.
  • Be able to enjoy the full rights of Honduran citizenship.
  • Not be an official of any church or religious denomination.

Not be in active military service during the six months prior to the election.

  • Not be a Presidential appointee, secretary or under-secretary of state, judge, member of the electoral court, attorney general or deputy attorney, Comptroller General or Deputy Comptroller General, or an executive of a privately held institution for at least six months prior to the election.
  • Not be an officer of the armed forces or law enforcement, or an active soldier therein for at least 12 months prior to the election.
  • The spouse or relative of the President or any military leader.
  • Not have been president already.

The President of Honduras serves one four-year term and is not eligible for re-election. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Honduras

The Honduran people do not want a repeat of either their own past history nor for that matter the successful attempts by Latin American and South American leaders to be elected for life. 

When President Manuel Zelaya attempted to hold a referendum or election to see if the people wanted to change the Constitution, the Supreme Court of Honduras acted by removing him from office and expelled him to Costa Rica.

When a clear choice between another lifetime potential dictator and the rule of law presents itself, who does President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton side with–the dictator of course and not the rule of law.

Our Green President also sided with noted Red  Communists and Socialist dictators including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, and Cuban Fidel Castro.

The Obama Banana Boshevism Doctrine–Marxist–Forever–Republican–Not Legal!

 

Michael Savage – Obama, Hillary Support Honduras Dictator – Side with Chavez and Castro

 

 

CNN Interviews Honduras President Zelaya After Military Coup

 

The stink eye

 Obama Poster

 

 

Harry Belafonte & Nat King Cole

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

2009 Honduran political crisis

“… The ongoing 2009 Honduran political crisis resulted from a non-binding referendum on changing the constitution proposed by President Manuel Zelaya but ruled illegal by the country’s Supreme Court, attorney general, top electoral body, and human-rights ombudsman.[1] Zelaya nonetheless asked the Army to distribute ballots in accordance with its role in conducting elections. After Army chief Romeo Vásquez Velásquez refused to distribute ballots, Zelaya dismissed him from office. The dismissal was declared illegal by courts and the parliament. On June 28, 2009, shortly before polls were due to open for the referendum, the armed forces deposed Zelaya.[2] Most news media and government sources outside Honduras refer to this change in power as a coup d’etat.[3] Some members of the Honduran government maintain that ousting President Zelaya was entirely legal. The broadcast of at least some news media is currently suppressed in Honduras, with members of the Honduran military reportedly shutting down at least one radio station and halting TV transmission of teleSUR and CNN en Español.[3]

The armed forces of Honduras seized President Manuel Zelaya at his home,[4] holding him at an airbase outside Tegucigalpa[2] before flying him to Costa Rica.[5] During the action, communications and electricity in the city were interrupted for about six hours. Government officials and other politicians suspected of loyalty to Zelaya have been detained. Later in the day the Honduran Supreme Court said that it had ordered the removal of the president.[2]

Roberto Micheletti, the speaker of parliament and next in the Presidential line of succession was sworn in as President by the National Congress.[6]

The Honduran government says that Zelaya was arrested in compliance with the constitution and that the succession has been a completely legal process as set out in Honduran laws,[7] but no foreign governments have endorsed this view and many of them have described the events as a coup d’état.[8] The General Assembly of the Organization of American States is scheduled to meet in a special session on Tuesday 30 June to discuss the situation.[9] …”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduran_coup

 

Manuel Zelaya

“…José ManuelMelZelaya Rosales (born September 20, 1952) is a Honduran politician who was elected President of Honduras in 2006. Zelaya’s attempt to hold a constitutional referendum caused a political crisis and his ousting.[2] He was deposed by the Army on June 28, 2009, but is seen as the legitimate president by the international community.[3][4][5]

He defeated National Party candidate Porfirio Pepe Lobo in a national election on November 27, 2005 and was inaugurated on January 27, 2006, replacing Ricardo Maduro and becoming the fifth President from the Liberal Party.

“…General opinions about his presidency were very divided by political, ideological, party and class lines. The traditional left praised him for his economic policies and social reforms which on occasion have put him at odds with the economic powers which traditionally have ruled in Honduras. The more conservative part of the population expressed their opposition to both his foreign policy, particularly his alliance with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and his adhering Honduras to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas as well as for his periodic attacks on the United States, and periodic confrontations with the business sector.

The Economist gave Zelaya mixed reviews for his first year in office, saying that “Despite success in fulfilling some of his campaign promises […] Zelaya’s lack of a coherent programme has limited the government’s ability to address Honduras’s long-standing problems,” and that “introducing far-reaching reforms will be difficult” in the face of vigorous opposition and “simmering social tensions.”[6] In 2008, Zelaya’s popular approval dropped amid the 2007–2008 world food price crisis and worsening drug-related violence that gave Honduras one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America. [7] …”

“…In 2009 Zelaya caused uproar with his call to have a referendum in June to decide about convening a Constitutional National Assembly to approve a new political constitution.[11] The constitution explicitly bars changes to some of its clauses.

The question to be asked was: “¿Está usted de acuerdo que en las elecciones generales de noviembre de 2009 se instale una cuarta urna para decidir sobre la convocatoria a una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente que apruebe una nueva Constitución política?” This is roughly translated as “Do you agree to the installation of a fourth ballot [box] during the November 2009 general election to decide whether to convene a National Constitutional Assembly to approve a new political constitution?”[12]

The referendum was ruled unlawful by Honduras’s highest court.[13] Zelaya rejected the ruling and sacked Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, the head of Honduras’s armed forces. Velásquez had refused to help with the referendum because he did not want to violate law. The sacking was deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court as well as by the Congress.[13][14]

In addition to the Supreme Court, Zelaya’s referendum was declared illegal by the Congress, the country’s attorney general, and the country’s top electoral body.[15][16] The Congress began discussing how to impeach Zelaya.[17] On June 27, 2009, thousands of protesters opposed to Zelaya’s rule marched through the capital city.[17]

The Supreme Court, the Congress, and the military have recommended that voters stay home because the referendum would be neither fair nor safe to voters. The National Human Rights Commissioner, Ramon Custodio, said “I would tell the people to stay calmly at home in order not to get involved in any incident or any violence by going to vote ‘no,’ because they might be assaulted by these mobs,” referring to Zelaya’s supporters. However, unions and farm groups supported the referendum as a necessary precursor to economic reforms favoring Honduras’s poor majority.[7] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Zelaya

Banana Democrats

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, June 29, 2009

“…That’s the sorry story as Honduras’ now ex-president, Mel Zelaya, last Thursday defied a Supreme Court ruling and tried to hold a “survey” to rewrite the constitution for his permanent re-election. It’s the same blueprint for a rigged political system that’s made former democracies like Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador into shells of free countries.

Zelaya’s operatives did their dirt all the way through. First they got signatures to launch the “citizen’s power” survey through threats — warning those who didn’t sign that they’d be denied medical care and worse. Zelaya then had the ballots flown to Tegucigalpa on Venezuelan planes. After his move was declared illegal by the Supreme Court, he tried to do it anyway.

As a result of his brazen disregard for the law, Zelaya found himself escorted from office by the military Sunday morning, and into exile. Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro rushed to blame the U.S., calling it a “yanqui coup.”

President Obama on Monday called the action “not legal,” and claimed that Zelaya is still the legitimate president.

There was a coup all right, but it wasn’t committed by the U.S. or the Honduran court. It was committed by Zelaya himself. He brazenly defied the law, and Hondurans overwhelmingly supported his removal (a pro-Zelaya rally Monday drew a mere 200 acolytes).

Yet the U.S. administration stood with Chavez and Castro, calling Zelaya’s lawful removal “a coup.” Obama called the action a “terrible precedent,” and said Zelaya remains president. …”

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=331168876783926

 

Meddling, Are We?

Peter Wehner

“…In the first instance, Obama was clearly trying to pacify the theocratic leadership of the repressive, terror-sponsoring Iranian regime. In the case of Honduras, Obama is “meddling” in order to protect the legitimacy of an authoritarian president who is acting as if he were above the law, is violating Honduras’s Constitution, and is supported by Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Fidel Castro (see this Wall Street Journal column for more).

As a general matter, I’m not in favor of military coups. On the other hand, I’m not in favor of Zelaya doing to Honduras what Chavez has done in Venezuela. In any event, there doesn’t seem to be any consistency on when Obama decides to meddle, beyond his tendency to take actions that make life easier for those who do not wish America well.

This is all getting rather confusing, isn’t it?

 

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/wehner/71822

 

Authoritarianism

“…Authoritarianism describes a form of government characterized by an emphasis on the authority of the state in a republic or union. It is a political system controlled by nonelected rulers who usually permit some degree of individual freedom. [1]

Theodore M. Vestal of Oklahoma State University–Stillwater has written that authoritarianism is characterized by:

  • “Highly concentrated and centralized power structures,” in which political power is generated and maintained by a “repressive system that excludes potential challengers” and uses political parties and mass organizations to “mobilize people around the goals of the government”;[2]
  • The following principles:
1) rule of men, not rule of law;
2) rigged elections;
3) all important political decisions made by unelected officials behind closed doors;
4) a bureaucracy operated quite independently of rules, the supervision of elected officials, or concerns of the constituencies they purportedly serve;
5) the informal and unregulated exercise of political power;[2]
  • Leadership that is “self-appointed and even if elected cannot be displaced by citizens’ free choice among competitors”
  • No guarantee of civil liberties or tolerance for meaningful opposition;[2]
  • Weakening of civil society: “No freedom to create a broad range of groups, organisms, and political parties to compete for power or question the decisions of rulers,” with instead an “attempt to impose controls on virtually all elements of society”;[2] and
  • Political stability maintained by “control over and support of the military to provide security to the system and control of society; 2) a pervasive bureaucracy staffed by the regime; 3) control of internal opposition and dissent; 4) creation of allegiance through various means of socialization.”

Authoritarian political systems may be weakened through “inadequate performance to demands of the people.”[2] Vestal writes that the tendency to respond to challenges to authoritarianism through tighter control instead of adaptation is a significant weakness, and that this overly rigid approach fails to “adapt to changes or to accommodate growing demands on the part of the populace or even groups within the system.”[2] Because the legitimacy of the state is dependent on performance, authoritarian states that fail to adapt may collapse.[2]

Authoritarianism is marked by “indefinite political tenure” of the ruler or ruling party (often in a single-party state) or other authority.[2] The transition from an authoritarian system to a democratic one is referred to as democratization.[2]

John Duckitt of the University of the Witwatersrand suggests a link between authoritarianism and collectivism, asserting that both are in opposition to individualism.[3] Duckitt writes that both authoritarianism and collectivism submerge individual rights and goals to group goals, expectations and conformities.[4] Others argue that collectivism, properly defined, is based on consensus decision-making, the opposite of authoritarianism. …”

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authoritarianism 

 

Leaders from Obama to Chavez blast Honduras coup

Police and soldiers clashed with thousands of protesters outside Honduras’ national palace Monday, leaving at least 15 people injured, as world leaders from Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez demanded the return of a president ousted in a military coup.

Leftist leaders pulled their ambassadors from Honduras and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala would cut trade with neighboring Honduras for at least 48 hours. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for Hondurans to rise up against those who toppled his ally, Manuel Zelaya.

“We’re ready to support the rebellion of the Honduran people,” Chavez said, though he did not say what kind of support he was offering.

Protests outside the presidential palace grew from hundreds to thousands, and soldiers and police advanced behind riot shields, using tear gas to scatter the protesters. The demonstrators, many of them choking on the gas, hurled rocks and bottles as they retreated. At least 38 protesters were detained, according to human rights prosecutor Sandra Ponce.

Red Cross paramedic Cristian Vallejo said he had transported 10 protesters to hospitals, most of them with injuries from rubber bullets. An Associated Press photographer in another area saw protesters carrying away another five injured people. It was not clear how they were hurt. 

 

Obama: Sure, I’ll meet with Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, etc

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