Friday, July 3, 2009

TIP: Military Coup de Fact

As we have heard in the formally owned and operated media, the Honduran president was ousted by a military coup just the other day. How un-Democratic.

Did you also hear that the military operation was actually ordered by the Honduran Congress?

Well, my dear comrade Jameson did.

The removal of the democratically elected president was ordered because after Zelaya was elected, he changed his platform. As a result, a recent popularity census found that less than one-quarter of the Honduran population supported him. As a result, Z pushed for votes on a bill that would change the Constitution. The changes included an extension of his presidency until the year 2013. Therefore, exhausted of all possibilities, the members of the Supreme Court, parliament and Congress decided to tell Z that he had 24 hours to step down. He refused. They gave him an ultimatum: If he did not step down, the military would be called in to help him down off his high horse. He still refused.

We all know how it 'ends'. For now.

This is an instant where the state, not a ruler, had to step in. In the name of protecting the people's right to vote (true democracy, not Democracy) officials decided to take action.

But, Briz! You don't even like the state...

There is nothing wrong with the state being present in order to ensure the protection of the people. It is when the state becomes one power, or one man, that it becomes corrupt. Absolutely.
When the state is so centralized without proper checks and balances it becomes consumed with maintaining and increasing its power. This, the citizens pay for with their rights and cheque-books.

I am not explicitly condoning these practices, but it is something to think about. Naturally, the people who wanted Z out were the political and socio-economic elite of the country. Undoubtedly, there are some not-so-hidden agendas. Nevertheless, let's think about it.

Oh! And CNN, do some research.

- T.I.P., The Informal Press

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