Monday, June 29, 2009

June 28, 2009, The Day Honduran Democracy was Saved

Although a law enforcement action or arrest is not a preferred method of government change, I am grateful to the Honduran armed forces for their heroic intervention in a situation that promised to undermine the long term stability of the Honduras. Mel Zelaya, the EX-president, (and I'm glad to emphasize the ex), was threatening the very fabric of Honduran society. Not only did he fuel the flames of class division and allow crime to run rampant, he ran Honduras as if he were a modern day 'caudillo' or strongman.

Although he claimed to be a socialist, he was nothing more than an opportunist and charlatan. He surrounded himself with corrupt people, and as the saying goes, 'birds of a feather, flock together'. He had absolutely no respect for Honduran instutions and laws. He ignored rulings of the Supreme Court and legislation passed by the Congress. His efforts to change the Honduran constitution were nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to cling to power.

While some may criticize the events of June 28, 2009 as undemocratic, if Mel had been allowed to stay in power, Honduran democracy would have withered away in agony with Mel drinking its blood in vampirish glee.


Anonymous said...

I love your note...just to clear it out, in HOnduran law and constitution this was not even near a was an arrest for breaking our laws...we are trying to make that clear to all the international communities, maybe you can helo us and clear this out in your note because I assure many hundreds of people are reading it right now. Thank you very much and congratulations on your note.

DON GODO said...

Thanks anonymous. You make a very good point. It was not a coup as the army was acting under orders from the Supreme Court and Congress to enforce the law.

DON GODO said...

Don Godo recommends reading Mary O'Grady's piece in today's Wall St. Journal entitled: "Honduras Defends its Democracy"

Anonymous said...

Don't Honduran laws require an elected official be given a fair trial before he can be removed from power?