Originally Published at The Minority Report
Presidente For Life Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales — Not So Fast Jose
The people of Honduras have overthrown the former president Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and his attempt to amend the Constitution of Honduras to allow him to remain as president for life.
Zelaya, with his close ties to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Fidel Castro in Cuba, was seeking a national referendum Sunday that would have removed the single term limit mandated by the Honduran Constitution. That article is one of only 8 out of 375 articles that cannot be amended.
The American mainstream media, taking its cue from the Obama Administration, is portraying Zelaya as the victim as he was forced into exile in Costa Rico.
Typical of the left-kook response from the American Oldstream Media comes courtesy of this Huffington Post excerpt:
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Soldiers ousted the democratically elected president of Honduras on Sunday and Congress named a successor, but the leftist ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced what he called an illegal coup and vowed to stay in power.
The first military takeover of a Central American government in 16 years drew widespread condemnation from governments in Latin America and the world, and Chavez vowed to overthrow the country’s apparent new leader.
President Manuel Zelaya was awakened Sunday by gunfire and detained while still in his pajamas, hours before an unpopular constitutional referendum many saw as a power grab. An air force plane flew him into forced exile in Costa Rica as armored military vehicles with machine guns rolled through the streets of the Honduran capital and soldiers seized the national palace.
Democratically elected in 2006, the single four-year term was not enough for the Marxist ally of Chavez and Castro. He announced earlier this year his intention of staging a national referendum that would allow him to remain as president indefinitely, in direct contradiction to the constitution.
This move follows the same tactic used by Hugo Chavez who needed three such referendums in Venezuela before he was finally able to overthrow that nation’s constitution.
The Honduran Supreme Court, however, informed Zelaya that his referendum was unconstitutional — which should have put the notion to bed. Instead, Zelaya continued his plans for a referendum, with the vote scheduled for June 28.
A more balanced reporting of what ensued:
The Supreme Court of Honduras declared the Zelaya referendum unconstitutional, his own Liberal Party came out in strong opposition, and the public overwhelmingly opposed his power grab. Despite this, Zelaya, a leftwing politician with strong ties to Cuba’s Castro and Venezuela’s Chavez, scheduled the referendum for Sunday, June 28. At midnight, Wednesday, June 24, the strong-arm president gave a televised speech accusing his opposition of promoting “destabilization and chaos” by attempting to thwart his unconstitutional referendum.
As the situation in Honduras continued to deteriorate, the Zelaya’s attorney general called for his ouster; his Defense Minister resigned; he fired the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for stating that he would refuse to send out troops to put down public protests; the chiefs of the army, navy, and air force resigned; and the country’s Supreme Court ordered the nation’s army and police not to support the unconstitutional referendum.
And so, yesterday the Honduran people, with the aid of their military, took back their government, and restored their constitution. As reported in the HuffPo article, Zelaya awoke to gunfire, and still in his pajamas was arrested by the military doing the people’s business.
Unlike banana republic coups of past decades, Zelaya was not taken out back by his generals and shot, but instead, escorted to the airport where he was allowed to leave the country.
Another country that the Marxists in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba had counted upon to fall, refused to buckle to tyranny.
This is good news for people anywhere in the world who value freedom and the rule of law. The Obama Administration, who were curiously mum while Zelaya attempted his end-around maneuver around his nation’s constitution, has come out against the coup that restored democracy to that nation state.
President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Zelaya’s arrest should be condemned.
“I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” Obama’s statement read.
President Obama is showing the moral courage we have come to expect from the man.
Originally Published at The Minority Report