A ‘Coup’? Not Exactly.

Assigned Reading: Jim DeMint: What I Heard in Honduras
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal)

Another piece I set aside over the weekend.

Finally, after spurning attempts from the White House and the Democrats designed to prevent him from traveling, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint left for Honduras about two weeks ago to visit the country currently experiencing turmoil in the aftermath of a shift in presidential power.

The ouster of former president Manuel Zelaya, brought about because Zelaya showed intention to countermand the nation’s constitution and secure another presidential term for himself, has been touted from the beginning by the White House as a “coup.” I’ve mentioned here several times exactly why it isn’t, but Sen. DeMint actually went to Honduras, and this is some of what he wrote for Saturday’s Journal:

On the other hand, the only thorough examination of the facts to date—conducted by a senior analyst at the Law Library of Congress—confirms the legality and constitutionality of Mr. Zelaya’s ouster. (It’s on the Internet here .)

Unlike the Obama administration’s snap decision after June 28, the Law Library report is grounded in the facts of the case and the intricacies of Honduran constitutional law. So persuasive is the report that after its release, the New Republic’s James Kirchick concluded in an Oct. 3 article that President Obama’s hastily decided Honduras policy is now “a mistake in search of a rationale.”

The Hondurans I met agree. All everyone seemed to want was a chance to make their case, or at least an independent review of the facts.

So far, the Obama administration has ignored these requests and instead has repeatedly doubled down. It’s revoked the U.S. travel visas of President Micheletti, his government and private citizens, and refuses to talk to the government in Tegucigalpa. It’s frozen desperately needed financial assistance to one of the poorest and friendliest U.S. allies in the region. It won’t release the legal basis for its insistence on Mr. Zelaya’s restoration to power. Nor has it explained why it’s setting aside America’s longstanding policy of supporting free elections to settle these kinds of disputes.

Is it any wonder that the Democrats and the president tried–albeit unsuccessfully–to enjoin the Palmetto State senator from visiting Honduras? Much like with the debate over health care reform and even the debate over global warming, those on the political left never, ever want to deal with fact. Because they lose every single time.

Furthermore, the outwardly recognizable way in which the Obama administration has refused to accept the new, valid government while simultaneously providing dictator wannabe Zelaya with the benefit of the doubt all goes back to this president’s detente-at-all-costs, justice-driven approach to foreign policy.



  1. Michele says:

    Because the Obama Administration wants the same for this country. I believe that Obama wants to dictate us forever and control us all. We need to trust our gut and mine is telling me something is very wrong.

    Ever since Obama was nominated for the Democratic Party, I started researching Obama and did not like what I was seeing and it is only getting worse by the minute.

    It is unbelievable the people that do not see what is going on. I've disagreed w/ other Presidents policies but I have never feared them like I do now. I was just a teenager when Carter was in but there was something about him that made me uncomfortable.

    If there are so many that want to change this country into a socialist or communist country, why don't they move to one of the others. No one is making them stay. If people need someone to tell them when to change their underwear, there's something wrong.

    We need one free country.

  2. whats_up says:

    Well we will have to see if they have "free elections" or not. Keep in mind this interm govt has suspended freedom of speech and of the press allready. Doesnt sound to democratic to me, perhaps Jeff can englighten us to how a democratic regime does these things?

  3. Rix says:

    Obviously, the Usurper sees Zelaya as a minimized model of himself and protects his private testing grounds.

    The tolerance of the American people towards this administration keeps puzzling me. They have the means and the reasons to show Obama to the door yet keep bending over while continuous violation of any semblance of law, morality and common sense is going unpunished. Is there, pray tell me, any point in playing by the rules while the other side clearly does not?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Jim DeMint: What I Heard in Honduras
    (FROM: The Wall Street Journal)

    "As all strong democracies do after cleansing themselves of usurpers, Honduras has moved on."… "America's Founding Fathers—like the framers of Honduras's own constitution—believed strong institutions were necessary to defend freedom and democracy from the ambitions of would-be tyrants and dictators. Faced by Mr. Zelaya's attempted usurpations, the institutions of Honduran democracy performed as designed, and as our own Founding Fathers would have hoped." – Sen. Jim DeMint
    Yet, "the Obama administration has refused to accept the new, valid government" – Gee, I wonder what could possibly be the reason for that!

  5. Rix says:

    > Doesnt sound to democratic to me, perhaps Jeff can englighten us
    > to how a democratic regime does these things?

    Sure, why not. How about this:

  6. Boston Blackie says:

    You are seeing a preview of our future, how long before this administration tries to ignore/change the laws to their liking. Oh, wait, they already are.
    Constitution, we don't need no Constitution.

  7. Lilly says:

    Thank you for highlighting this here once again. I've been trying to follow DeMint regarding this since I emailed you on it. I am so glad that someone is speaking up about it and yet the White House is still silent about it. Why can't they admit they acted hastily and now that they have the facts straighten it out?

  8. whats_up says:


    Thanks for your post, however that is nothing like suspending free speech or freedom of the press. I notice that you didnt even cover that. If Honduras is so democratic how are these things happening and more importantly why are conservatives defending these practices?

  9. Rix says:


    If Honduran "journalists" are anything like their American colleagues on ABC or CNN, I fully support this decision of the interim government. When the "free press" chooses to abandon its original goal of being an objective watchdog of the democracy and associates itself with certain political side, it should expect restrictions and repercussions when the other side takes power. Obama's administration is clearly no exception to the rule as it shows open disdain and hatred towards Fox News and its showmen, in forms too numerous to list here.

  10. whats_up says:


    With all due respect, Obama hasnt shut down FOX or jailed any of its reporters. If you are a supporter of the Constitution as you claim you would never support suspending first amdenment or freedom of the press rights. No loyal American would.

  11. Rix says:


    I have no general problem with media restrictions. If Fox News starts advertising kiddie porn or advocate assassinations, I'll be among the first to call for its shutdown, First Amendment be damned. But currently, even with ample alternative, Fox News is watched by 46% of the American people who will stand behind it in case the administration decides to retaliate against it. Could it be that the public support for Honduran press is significantly more narrow?

  12. Keith Olbermann says:

    Most of what we have is not 'press', unfortunately.

  13. Lilly says:

    Whats-up – YOU obviously haven't been paying attention. The Conservatives have been trying to get the interim government in Honduras to lift the ban on their media. They were not condoning it at all!

    Maybe good news, lets see if it gets verified. Maybe BO has asked for it to be made public until he can figure out how to save face on this one.

  14. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Jeff -

    Thanks for posting this article – Jim Demint is a treasure. He has the courage & the backbone to stand up & speak the truth.

    Of course Obama would support the tyrant Zeleya – they have the same agenda.


  15. Anonymous says:

    Report: UN concluded Zelaya removal legal

    uh oh, barry

  16. honduras94 says:

    The resistance press was removed from the air becasue they were promoting violence!
    I know because I live in Honduras and heard it on a regular basis.
    Chavistas have been trying to engage the constitutionally installed interim government into a fight for more than three months. Its part of the Chavez plan to destabalize the government and then ask the UN to come with the blue helmets and restore Zelaya. http://honduransforfreedom.blogspot.com/2009/07/higo-chavezs-plan-for-honduras.html
    hugo chavez plan for civil war in honduras

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