The right wing has added another twist to its efforts to bring down the legally elected government of the U.S., with Sen. DeMint jetting off to Honduras to encourage the illegal government there to continue in its coup. While our usually deluded wingers are comfortable working against the public interest, outright sedition is a new tactic. While Perry and Pawlenty espouse the virtues of secession, actual interference with U.S. foreign policy is treason of a more active variety.
The S.C. representative has declared his disregard for the elected president of Honduras, Pres. Zelaya, and sided against him as well as the U.N. and the U.S. and the governments of our other neighbors. With the array of nutjobs who increasingly are dominating the public face of the right, perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising. I do wonder how they made the jump from proclaiming their love of this country to insurrection so quickly, though.
Sen. DeMint stood up for government by coup from the beginning:
July 2, 2009 – Greenville, SC – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, made the following statement about the ongoing situation in Honduras.
"The people of Honduras have struggled too long to have their hard-won democracy stolen from them by a Chavez-style dictator. The Honduran Congress, the Honduran Supreme Court, and the Honduran military have acted in accordance to the Honduran constitution and the rule of law.
“For weeks leading to his arrest, Zelaya flouted the constitutional authority of the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court, and claimed for himself extra-constitutional control of his nation’s military and political institutions. Every institution from the Electoral Tribunal to the Supreme Court ruled that his actions were unjustified and illegal. Zelaya’s open defiance of democratic norms has set Honduras on a path toward violence, instability, and tyranny.
“I am hopeful that as President Obama grows in office, he will eventually turn away from despots like Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, and Zelaya, and give the United States’ full-throated support to the people of any country who are fighting for the same values we cherish and defend in America. The people fighting for freedom around the world, in Iran and Honduras, should never have to wonder which side America will choose between freedom and tyranny.
The violation of his oath to protect our constitution seems to have morphed into a need to reject democratic principles by some fantasy associated with fears that governments not strictly patterned after our own are necessarily an enemy. It is that exact point of view that has led our country into one offensive situation after another, which has the effect of turning other peoples against us.
The assumption that a senator from only one state, not elected to represent the U.S. abroad, can violate our country’s policies should not be tolerated even by what remains of the ragtag mob that the right has become.
If any further proof of the right’s rejection of every principle our country was founded on is needed, DeMint just gave us that final piece of evidence. In failing to curb this disgrace, the party has shredded its final shred of dignity.