My teleporter has obviously malfunctioned.
The Honduran Congress, acting in conjunction with the Judiciary and the military branches, legally removed President Manuel Zelaya from office, for repeated violations of the nation’s Constitution.
The Honduran Congress voted to remove Zelaya from office. The Honduran Supreme Court reviewed the case, and upon finding that Zelaya had in fact acted in an unconstitutional manner, ordered the Honduran military to remove him from office.
In that other universe where Spock sports no facial hair, the one where I originally programmed my teleporter to take me to, that would amount to GOOD government. Especially remarkable coming from one of those “banana republics” down South.
But I think I’m stuck on Episode #33. I say that because Spock has a goatee.
WASHINGTON — U.S. diplomats are working to ensure the safety of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and his family as they press for restoration of constitutional law and his presidency. – A/P and The Washington Post reporting
Did you see it?
Let’s back up a bit.
Zelaya wants to run for re-election, but the Honduran Constitution sets a one-term limit for Presidents. He needs to amend the Constitution, but Congress isn’t budging, so he decides to go directly to the people, and amend it via majority vote. The Honduran Constitution is very specific on the methods of amending the Constitution, and majority vote isn’t one of them; the President lacks the Constitutional authority to call for the vote, but does it regardless.
Side note…the ballots were printed in Venezuela.
He fires the Chief of the Armed Forces for refusing to distribute the ballots. The Supreme Court re-instates the Chief.
Their equivalent to our Federal Election Commission gathers up any ballots that actually got delivered to polling stations
The AG petitions Congress to remove him from office.
The Honduran Congress votes unanimously in favor of removing him from office.
The Court instructs the Armed Forces to remove the President from office, in accordance to the Congressional vote to remove.
Legal, tidy, Constitutional impeachment and removal from office.
“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 in the Oval Office, after meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
Zelaya was deposed by the army after he attempted to call for a referendum seeking permission to convoke a constitutional convention in order to make changes allowing him to remain in power. Similar changes were made in nearby Venezuela by leftist President Hugo Chavez last year.
Zelaya’s effort ran counter to the wishes of the Honduran congress, as well as the nation’s highest court, which said his changes were illegal. They noted the constitution forbids changes to presidential terms of office.
Obama, however, said Zelaya’s ouster by the military was a mistake.
“It would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition, rather than democratic elections,” he said. – News Room America
There it was again!
Did you see it that time?
Another goatee moment!
“Restoration of Constitutional law” in this goateed Spock universe means support for a President that disregards the Constitution he’s supposed to uphold, and illegal means following the rule of law.
It’s an easily understandable position for Obama to take. If he were to praise the organized, Constitutional manner that the Honduran government followed to defend the nation’s Constitution from the attempted unconstitutional power grab being staged by president Zelaya, he may very well find himself eating his words later, when our own Congress acts to remove him from office for repeated violation of our Constitution.
Then again, if he even gave that a fleeting thought, he immediately dismissed it.
In this universe where I’ve been so unceremoniously dropped off, banana republics teach lessons in Constitutional governance to the United States.
Obama sees the goatee on Spock as clearly as I do; he knows we’re not in Kansas anymore.
Did I just mix metaphors?