Finally, something to apologize for!

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Hondurans are working hard to throw off a blossoming dictator -- and the U.S. government, amazingly, is against them and allied with the would-be dictator.

Both the Honduran Supreme Court and its Congress warned President Jose Manuel Zelaya not to go through with a referendum he planned for last Sunday that would have encouraged him to rewrite the constitution to allow him another term in office.

The Obama media are calling it a coup. But in truth, the Hondurans were trying to preserve democracy by arresting the runaway train they had in President Zelaya, before he arranged for passage to Costa Rica.

Zelaya's forces had broken into the ballot warehouse -- to get ballots supplied by the region's Doctor of Democracy himself, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Zelaya fired the military general ordered by the Supreme Court to stop him.

What choice did the Hondurans have in order to preserve their constitutional democracy?

And why in heaven would the Obama administration side with the dictator-to-be Zelaya, who was defying the constitution and every legitimate branch of government in order to consolidate his power, Chavez-style?

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sure appear to have it precisely backward -- unless their aim is merely to shore up support among the Latin American dictators Obama seems to so want to curry favor with.

If so, they'll be stepping over freedom fighters in Honduras.

Finally, President Obama may have something to really apologize for.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 07/02/09 - 05:35 am
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rule of law or mob rule?

rule of law or mob rule? Supporting a meglomaniac ousted by his elected government.. inexcusable.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/02/09 - 06:10 am
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This Augusta Chronicle

This Augusta Chronicle editorial is pure tabloid tripe. Holding a nonbinding plebiscite whether officially sanctioned or not is hardly grounds for a military coup. The Organization of American States as well as the UN has condemned this coup. There were constitutional & legal means for dealing with what the Honduran Congress & Supreme Court think is a usurpation of power by President Zelaya. Legal means were not exhausted before resorting to military force to oust the duly elected head of state in Honduras. Anybody with a modicum of memory knows that the Honduran military is not historically the guardian of democracy. The Honduran military has been the non-democratic, non-elected ruler of Honduras throughout much of Honduras' history. That is why Honduras is known as the original "banana republic". U.S. involvement in backing the Honduran military goes back to the United Fruit company in the early 20th century & continued right through the 1980s when Honduras hosted the Nicaraguan Contra terrorists (whom Reagan called "Freedom Fighters") and conducted a dirty little war of its own with thousands of Hondurans "disappeared" (killed) by the Honduran military b/c of their politics.

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patriciathomas 07/02/09 - 06:16 am
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Cain, your rant could be

Cain, your rant could be applied to either side of this or any Honduran action. It's all a matter of perspective. I suspect yours parallels that of Jimmy Carter.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/02/09 - 06:37 am
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CAIN, just how much time have
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CAIN, just how much time have you spent in Latin America? Constitutional & legal means for dealing with the usurpation or power? Are you kidding? You're not talking about the USA, pal. Their "presidents" laugh at going through channels. Laws mean nothing to them. If they did, we'd wouldn't have millions of their people from those countries coming over our border and thumbing their noses at our laws. When you get back from Fantasyworld, let me know because you obviously don't know how things work down there. And yes, I've spent a lot of time there. Bribery, usurpation of authority, abuse of authority, threats, blackmail, persecution, and violence are just part of the system in those heavenly countries.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/02/09 - 06:56 am
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Don't pay Cain any attention.

Don't pay Cain any attention. He's just a pseudo-intellectual who THINKS he is smarter and more enlightened than everyone else, yet wouldn't want to live by his ideals himself...just everyone else should. That's why he thinks Israel has no right to exist, yet he refuses to give the land HE lives on back to the native American's that it was stolen from.

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slippery 25 07/02/09 - 07:59 am
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Obama is siding with Chavez

Obama is siding with Chavez because if he makes him mad he will not be getting anymore books!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/02/09 - 08:19 am
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http://insidecostarica.com/da

http://insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2009/july/01/ca0101.htm "The Honduran Legislature approved earlier this afternoon [Wed, July 1] a decree that suspends five of the rights of citizens in Honduras: the inviolable right of home, the freedom of association, a person can be held more than 24 hours without a charge and freedom of movement in the country. The decree was presented to the Legislative Assembly by Roberto Micheletti, who was given the power of the presidency following the military coup d'etat last Sunday. The decree approved by the Legislators virtually places the country under siege. The measures are designed to prevent any demonstration on the streets of Honduras in the event deposed president Manuel Zelaya returns." THIS IS DEMOCRACY?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/02/09 - 08:20 am
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The liberals will side with

The liberals will side with Obama on this issue because had the Honduran President had his way, they wold be sliding towards socialism or facism like we are doing under Obama. But when America wakes up and ousts Obama he will want the other countries in this hemisphere to come to his aid. I wonder if Obama had secret communications with Chavez to learn how to stage government takeovers of private businesses.

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afadel 07/02/09 - 08:22 am
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This editorial sinks to new

This editorial sinks to new lows. Cain makes a series of factual statements, leading to the logical conclusion that the Honduran military is anti-democratic and that the coup is illegal and a setback to the people of Honduras. It is partially the actions of the militaries of Central and South America which drive millions of people to seek refuge outside of their countries. Our government should be more forceful in insisting that President Zelaya be restored to office. One other thing. The officers who orchestrated the coup were trained on our dime at the School of the Americas (now WHINSEC) at Ft Benning in Columbus, GA. For more information, listen to http://bit.ly/3VYKk and visit http://www.soaw.org.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/02/09 - 08:27 am
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http://www.miamiherald.com/ne

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/story/1122536.html
"Honduras new government is censoring journalists" by Frances Robles [The Miami Herald] Posted on Wednesday, 07.01.09

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/02/09 - 08:41 am
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JRHC - Are these the same

JRHC - Are these the same news sources that pee all over themselves just to be close to Obama? Not very credible.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 07/02/09 - 08:47 am
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prezbho just wants the

prezbho just wants the radicals support when he tries to enforce his dictatorship, when his term is finished.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/02/09 - 08:53 am
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Listen to Cain. If you're too

Listen to Cain. If you're too lazy to click on his links, read this: "The same Congress that, after the military had kidnapped, beaten and dumped President Manuel Zelaya in Costa Rica, had declared one of its own, Roberto Micheletti as the coup "president" today passed an emergency law stripping Hondurans of the following rights from the country's constitution:
1. The right to protest. 2. Freedom in one's home from unwarranted search, seizure and arrest. 3. Freedom of association. 4. Guarantees of rights of due process while under arrest. 5. Freedom of transit in the country." This is an attempt to "preserve democracy"? The AC, in its anti-Obama zeal, rushed to press before the full story was known.

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perymason 07/02/09 - 08:54 am
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obamoron, needs to take

obamoron, needs to take note--it could happen to him!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/02/09 - 08:55 am
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So, ACES? Will you print a

So, ACES? Will you print a retraction or continue stubbornly to maintain that these are "freedom fighters"?

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mad_max 07/02/09 - 09:01 am
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This one is a tough call. No

This one is a tough call. No one likes to see a coup by the military. But their president was in the process of setting himself up to change their laws so that he could serve for life and be a dictator just like Chaves just did. So a dictator or a coup, the situation is not good either way. SInce their president was buddying up the Chaves and trying to imitate his actions I am inclined to support the coup. I think Obama should too.

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afadel 07/02/09 - 09:20 am
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BTW, the last people our

BTW, the last people our government called freedom fighters were the Nicaraguan Contras, whom the Reagan administration funded to terrorize Nicaragua and for which the United States was found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, and the Afghani anti-Soviet insurgents. What a great track record! Catholic News Service has an article which says there are problems with President Zelaya, but a military coup is not the solution. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0903019.htm

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Riverman1 07/02/09 - 09:22 am
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Obama is just mad because he

Obama is just mad because he intends to do the same thing so he can serve about 4 terms like FDR.

perymason
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perymason 07/02/09 - 09:25 am
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hotplate, really. You're

hotplate, really. You're going a little over the edge, aren't you?

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Grasshopper 07/02/09 - 09:27 am
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Posted by HotFoot on Thu Jul

Posted by HotFoot on Thu Jul 2, 2009 8:53 AM Obama Reid and Pelosi, want to do the very same, to their political opposition. Obama, uses crafty words so the ignorant can't understand. Obama's famous words I don't want to do it, then he does it. Obama is a forked tongued liar.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/02/09 - 09:38 am
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Usually when a post begins

Usually when a post begins "posted by ___" what follows is an excerpt from that person's post. Your post is incoherent, Trey. WHAT are Obama, Reid, and Pelosi trying to do that relates to the situation in Honduras? And Obama uses "crafty words" to trick the ignorant? Maybe those words are perfectly straightforward to someone with an IQ over 100. Maybe his words aren't "crafty" but eloquent. The ignorant wouldn't know the difference.

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humbleopinion 07/02/09 - 09:42 am
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Obama's actions show his true

Obama's actions show his true colors, how he really thinks and feels. He sides with ruthless dictators, because that is what he longs to be. He battles freedom and democracy at every opportunity. "Change" will be coming in 2010 and 2012. WAKE UP AMERICA.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/02/09 - 10:39 am
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humbleopinion, I guess you

humbleopinion, I guess you just read the editorial and weighed in without reading any of the posts. Maybe you should check a reliable news source to find out what's going on. Ruthless dictators, huh....well, meanwhile the coup-orchestrators have revoked the freedoms and rights of the country's citizenry. WAKE UP HUMBLEOPINION.

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Ode 07/02/09 - 11:09 am
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Why would anybody be

Why would anybody be surprised that the world's dictators are sticking together?

perymason
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perymason 07/02/09 - 11:21 am
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Again hotmouth, tell us your

Again hotmouth, tell us your sources of all these revoked freedoms!! obamoron?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/02/09 - 11:58 am
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Cain's posts would seem more

Cain's posts would seem more credible if he didn't constantly post his OPINIONS and insist that they are facts.

jack
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jack 07/02/09 - 01:03 pm
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Cain, we realize that there

Cain, we realize that there is no dictator or would be dictator you don't love. This was not a military coup as a civilian successor is now in office. The military carried out the rulings of the Court and Legislature, not to mention their Constitution. As for BimbObama's support of Zelaya, his love of dictators is like yours. We need to watch the Mad Marxist we have in the WH as he is doing the same a Zelaya, only more stealthily and enabled by our leftist controlled Congress.

jack
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jack 07/02/09 - 01:08 pm
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Afadel, like I said on this

Afadel, like I said on this subject before, evidently those officers we trained here understand following the Honduran Constitution as we try to follow ours (until BimbObama was elected by the blind and gulilble).

jack
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jack 07/02/09 - 01:12 pm
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Maybe those words are

Maybe those words are perfectly straightforward to someone with an IQ over 100. Maybe his words aren't "crafty" but eloquent. The ignorant wouldn't know the difference.
Posted by HotFoot on Thu Jul 2, 2009 9:38 AM....It doesn't take an IQ of over 100 to know that BimbObama has proven to be the liar in chief.

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Michael Ryan 07/02/09 - 02:19 pm
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To Hotfoot: We've thought

To Hotfoot:
We've thought about it and decided to stubbornly maintain being right.
Michael Ryan
Editorial page editor

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