Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Obama - slow to support real democracy, quick to support autocracy

President Obama is the most popular man in the world.

Elected on a platform of hope and change that included 'listening' to the rest of the world and ending America's 'bullying' tactics of George W Bush he carries a special power to help oppressed people all around the world.

Thus, his tardiness in speaking up for real democracy in Iran rather than continuing to support the old men of Iran's misogynist theocracy is deeply troubling.

More troubling, however, is how quickly he joined the worst of Latin America's left wing autocrats in denouncing the removal from power of Manuel Zelaya in what has been termed a 'coup'.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed.

"We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there," Obama told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Zelaya, in office since 2006, was overthrown in a dawn coup on Sunday after he angered the judiciary, Congress and the army by seeking constitutional changes that would allow presidents to seek re-election beyond a four-year term.
Isn't it remarkable that the person who was meant to re-establish America's moral authority in the world would throw his hat in with Chavez, Castro, Morales et al?

So who are they supporting?

In Honduras they have a one term limit for the position of president. The limit was introduced to ensure that the country did not go down the path of other Latin American countries that historically have seen democratically elected leaders usurp power for themselves in the same way that Chavez has in Venezuela.

Zelaya was trying to circumvent the Constitution by ensuring he could get elected for further terms.

It must be understood that Zelaya is a nutjob in the Chavez and Allende category.

His own party took action against him after the country's highest court had ordered him to stand down. They asked the army to intervene, which they did, and the parliament then replaced Zelaya with a member of his own party.

In fact, what has happened in Honduras is not only not a coup but also not illegal.

So why is Obama supporting anti-democratic forces in South America?

One reason could be pure political pragmatism. He takes the same position as China by not caring who is in power as long as the US can deal with them to advantage.

The other is that he has more sympathy for left wing dictatorships and autocrats than he does for those seeking liberty and freedom.

Whatever the case, history will not be kind to a president that did not stand up for democracy when he had both the moral authority and obligation to do so.

(Nothing Follows)

2 comments:

Ellen K said...

Please do us a favor, when the American constitution has been dissolved and the American people have been placed in a position of fighting for their freedoms, remember that it didn't have to be this way. Learn from our mistakes. Don't elect leaders in an American Idol type of election. Demand solid information from your candidates and expect them to listen to you. I hate to sound so down, but it just isn't getting any better up here. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

There is no question but that if Our Savior would just rely upon the random dumb luck of flipping a small dirty coin, he would produce a far better result in deciding upon what side to come down when these little 3am calls come in.

As the inimitable Charles Krauthammer said, when you find yourself on the same side of an issue as the Castro brothers, Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega, it's time to re-evaluate. Unfortunately, I am beginning to believe that they are his ideological soulmates. I shudder to think what the little leftie brownshirts would do to us if they got a little more power in Washington.

And damned if they're not trying hard to get that power.

No wonder they can't keep ammo stocked on the shelves in the stores.

--Krumhorn