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State STILL Wrong on Honduras

I regret having not blogged more extensively on the topic of Honduras, although I and some commenters have brought it up a few times. The long story short can be read in several places to which I’ve already linked (specifically, here and here), but in sum, the legal and democratic institutions of the tiny Central American country upheld the rule of law earlier this summer by ousting their president when he was in direct and incontrovertible violation of their constitution.

Then the Obama Administration and its State Department, naturally, ‘effed it up by supporting the ousted Zelaya and demanding his return to power without even the slightest hint of irony (having only a week or two earlier claimed the moral high ground for not “meddling” in Iran). Obama went so far as to even suspend military activities with Honduras and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revoked visas for some Honduran officials.

What’s left to do? Why how about a complete termination of all non-emergency aid to the mouse that had the temerity to roar in order to keep its democracy?

Check out this nonsensical passage from the State Department’s statement:

Restoration of the terminated assistance will be predicated upon a return to democratic, constitutional governance in Honduras.

Huh? An exercise of “democratic, constitutional governance” is exactly what the Congress and Supreme Court of Honduras was doing, you morons! How about if Honduras has an election in November (You know, the one that’s scheduled for then, and has been all along…the one Zelaya was trying to hijack?) and we can all move on and wash our hands of all this. No need to do something stupid and amateurish that might diplomatically paint the US into a corner, right?

Oh, wait. From the same press release:

[November’s upcoming elections in Honduras] must be undertaken in a free, fair and transparent manner. It must also be free of taint and open to all Hondurans to exercise their democratic franchise. At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections.

WTF? So the story goes that in order for Honduras to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton and that international wizard Barack Obama that they are committed to “democratic, constitutional governance”, Hondurans will have to restore a criminal to their presidency and allow him to run the nation’s upcoming presidential election.

Would be kinda nice if someone asked the Secretary what the hell she (and her boss) is thinking.

Or at least what are Bill’s thoughts?

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Can Healthcare Debate Help Revive GOP?
(even with biased media)

When a friend on Facebook offered that the anti-[Obamacare] side “short circuited the [healthcare] debate with craziness,” I responded with a rhetorical question:

Did the anti-side short circuit the debate or did the media coverage of their opposition short circuit [it], given the media focus on [its] most extreme elements?

It does seem many in the media wish to define conservatives (& libertarians) by thosezaniest” of Obama critics.  

By reporting more on the process than the substance of the debate, the media have made it easier to focus on the zany protesters instead of the actual ideas many protesters, building on and echoing proposals put forward by intelligent editorialists, libertarian think tanks and reform-minded legislators,  have presented.  According to Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander:

In my examination of roughly 80 A-section stories on health-care reform since July 1, all but about a dozen focused on political maneuvering or protests. The Pew Foundation’s Project for Excellence in Journalism had a similar finding. Its recent month-long review of Post front pages found 72 percent of health-care stories were about politics, process or protests.

This skewed coverage, however, has done nothing to dampen the opposition to Obamacare and indeed has made independent votersmore sympathetic to the protesters’ views“.  Given the growing opposition of independents to statist proposals to reform health care, Republicans would do themselves well to promote free-market reforms more forcefully, more publicly .

This will accomplish two things, frist show that Republicans are not just the party of “no,” that we do have actual solutions to the problems of the day.  And second, show their renewed (restored?) commitment to smaller government and free-market principles.

The MSM may not cover these ideas, but with the various forms of new media, these ideas will out.  We are already seeing how many Americans have succeeded in bypassing traditional news media to learn the details of Democratic proposals for healthcare reform–and free market alternatives.