It didn’t take Obama long to show his preference for dictators over the rule of law with his treatment of the 2009 constitutional crisis in Honduras. Surrounded by countries with less than stellar human rights records, the Honduran people wisely put in place a constitution that limited its President to a single four year term. As far as they were concerned no Hugo Chavez wannabe was going to elect themselves President for Life in their country. To make sure there was no misunderstanding on the matter, the Honduran constitution contains the following warning:
The who broke this provision or propose its reform, as well as those who support directly or indirectly, cease immediately in the performance of their respective positions and will be disqualified by ten (10) years for the exercise of public office.
In other words, any Honduran President who even thinks about trying to extend their time in office beyond a single term will be immediately kicked out of government. Facing his last year in office, then President Manuel Zelaya decided to test the meddle of this constitutional provision when in June 2009 he called for a public referendum that would allow him to run for a second term. The Honduran Supreme Court was not amused. After hearings on the matter they determined that Zelaya had broken the law and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The military was sent to collect Zelaya from the presidential palace and throw him out of the country.
A man who would appoint himself dictator was lawfully deposed without a single person dying, an almost unheard of event in that part of the world. The Honduran Congress and people backed the Supreme Court’s decision along with both presidential candidates, but this wasn’t good enough for Obama. Joining with the likes of Chavez in Venezuela and Fidel Castro in Cuba, which alone should have been indication enough that he was on the wrong side of history, Obama declared Honduran action against Zelaya as illegal and demanded that Zelaya be immediately reinstated as President.
The Honduran government refused to bow to Obama’s demands, so the Obama administration responded by threatening to cut off aid to Honduras. Pam Geller eloquently pointed out a glaring contradiction in Obama’s actions:
Obama refuses to “meddle” in Iran, where individuals are courageously risking life and limb for the idea of free elections. Brutal Islamic Nazis are crushing dissent, and Obama talks about “lively debate”. But in Honduras, Obama and the whores at the UN have no qualms about interfering to back a Chavez proxy.
Obama kept up the pressure for months until a new Honduran president was elected in November 2009. Soon afterwards Sen. Jim DeMint, who had held up the appointment of two State Department nominees to bring attention to Obama’s attempt to undermine the Honduran constitution, announced “I am happy to report the Obama administration has finally reversed its misguided Honduran policy and will fully recognize the Nov. 29 elections.”