Thursday, July 9, 2009

Time for a Congressional Hearing, Obama vs. Honduran law

Rep. Connie Mack (FL-14) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives on Wednesday condemning former Honduran leader, Manuel Zelaya, for his unconstitutional and illegal attempts to alter the Constitution of Honduras.

"Manuel Zelaya’s record on quashing freedom looked like it was ripped from Hugo Chavez’s playbook," said Mack. "Zelaya trampled on the Honduran Constitution."

That's all fine and dandy, but why is President Obama being left out of the equation?

As Senator Jim DeMint eloquently explained on the senate floor several days ago, "the Honduran Congress, controlled by Zelaya's own Liberal Party, voted 125-3 to replace Zelaya with their speaker, Roberto Micheletti... This transfer of power was strictly in keeping with Honduras' constitutional line of succession [as the Vice President had recently resigned]"

Honduran law explicitly states:
No citizen that has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President.

Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform, as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years.
Barack Obama, in supporting Zelaya's presidency, is clearly trampling on the Honduran constitution and subverting the decisions of Honduras' democratically elected government. And yet, Obama has the audacity to try and portray his actions as being in defense of Democracy, when in reality, he and his co-conspirators are quashing Democracy.

If Manuel Zelaya is deserving of a congressional condemnation for his trampling of the Honduran constitution, than his accessory in crime, Barack Obama, is also deserving of a congressional condemnation.

Several Republican lawmakers recently came out and criticized the president for siding with Zelaya, but stopped short of condemning Obama. Instead, they pleaded with him to reverse course and to stand on the side of freedom and Democracy. But only a fool would assume the president is going to jump ship and change his radical ideologies anytime soon.

In truth, several days ago, I suggested that lawmakers condemn the president for his actions, but now, I am no longer content with a mere censure. We need a congressional hearing on the matter.

Democracy, whether in the US or abroad, is inviolable, and it must be shielded from the Chavezes and Obamas of the world.

No president should ever be afforded carte blanche to interfere in the legislative decisions of a democratically elected government. And, when a president begins to assume such power, it is time for congress to intervene in the matter.

Trampling on freedom and Democracy is no laughing matter, subverting both the authority of the Honduran congress and the laws of Honduras' constitution is criminal.

Hence, I am calling on members of the House and Senate to immediately commence a congressional hearing on the matter.

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