Honduras—To Coup Or Not To Coup?

Today’s Wall Street Journal, today’s Power Line Blog, and yesterday’s Investor’s Business Daily all have posted articles on the current situation in Honduras.  The general consensus of these articles is that what happened was not a coup–it prevented a coup.

Although President Mel Zelaya was elected democratically, he was about to make a move that would change the constitution of Honduras and allow him to run for President again even though the constitution said that he was term-limited.  This is the same strategy that Hugo Chavez used to become President-for-life in Venezuela. 

Investor’s Business Daily reports:

“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.

In doing this, the U.S. condemned democrats who stood up to save their democracy, a move that should have been hailed as a historic turning of the tide against the false democracies of the region.

The U.S. response has been disgraceful. “We recognize Zelaya as the duly elected and constitutional president of Honduras. We see no other,” a State Department official told reporters.

Worse, the U.S. now contemplates sanctions on the tiny drug-plagued, dirt-poor country of 7 million, threatening to halt its $200 million in U.S. aid, immigration accords and a free-trade treaty if it doesn’t put the criminal Zelaya back into office.”

Somehow we have lost our willingness to even acknowledge that the freedom that is allowed in a democracy is worth anything.  Shouldn’t it be a red flag to us that Chavez and Castro both protested the removal of President Zelaya?

Does it concern anyone that our President and Secretary of State are siding with Fidel Casto and Hugo Chavez against the forces of constitutional democracy?