Latin America’s Vanishing Democracy a Threat to Peace

Nicaragua cannot be called a democracy any more with a straight face. The president has stacked the Supreme Court, had them declare that he can run for re-election contrary to the constitution, had a new constitution printed when Congress refused to change it to his liking, and ignores blatant election fraud such as tossing 100% of opponent votes in the garbage bin.

This appears to be part of a plan to perpetuate the Ortegas at power. The plan is spearheaded by Venezuela, backed by Cuba, and includes Ecuador and Bolivia, while El Salvador and the Dominican Republic are “candidates”. Also Honduras is on the list.

Until now, Honduras has been the only country to effectively fight back and stand up for democracy.

Unfortunately, it may have been a temporary victory. The new president, Lobo, by claiming to follow instructions from abroad by financial necessity, appears to be playing a double game. It would seem that he is on the one hand pretending to act as though Zelaya’s deposing last year was a coup d’état that his country now has to atone for, while on the other hand he is doing things in a way that benefits the South American cocaine communists. Examples include not funding the fight against crime sufficiently, while engaging groups that don’t recognize the legitimacy of his government in discussing plans for throwing out the constitution by holding a “constituyente” – even though the Supreme Court has already declared that unconstitutional.

Real democracy requires rule of law. The pseudo-democracy of Chavez is democracy only to the name. The society lacks rule of law, lacks respect for property, lacks respect for laws and the constitution, and cooperates more or less openly with criminal and terrorist organizations.

Chavez allegedly buys other countries for $1 billion per year. That way he also gains votes in international organizations. When the OAS and the UN turn into tools for criminals and terrorists, gradually changing the majority, then the whole international framework of peace and stability is endangered. Venezuela is already supplying uranium to Iran, and Russia has agreed to build nuclear reactors in Venezuela – a country in which narco-terrorists control part of the territory without objection from the government.

What happens with Honduras and Latin America is crucially important for the security analysis of any country, also Sweden. Unfortunately, Latin America does not even seem to be on the radar in Europe. It is all Africa and Asia, leaving Latina America for the US to “handle”. A task that they apparently are incapable of, given that the US itself has the same flaws in its constitution that makes systemic corruption possible and legal.

The war of aggression on Iraq suggests that some US Republicans are way too close to the military-industrial complex. The reaction of part of the US Democrats after Zelaya’s attempted coup d’état and resulting deposal in Honduras on June 28, 2009, suggests that they are closer than comfortable to the narco-communists of South America.

The only thing that can save peace, liberty, and democracy, is if normal people wake up from their complacency, stop believing the hate messages spread by those wanting to control them, and insist on the rule of law. The single most important objective is to insist on the rule of law, and to refuse to be scared silent.

Footnote: A few days after writing this, Washington Post had an editorial on the same topic, Nicaragua, Honduras and hypocrisy.

10 thoughts on “Latin America’s Vanishing Democracy a Threat to Peace”

  1. Latin America is a threat to no one. Be it a fascist Colombia, or a socialist Venezuela.

    The Threat to peace and democracy lies just to the north of Mexico.

    1. It’s not either-or. They are not mutually exclusive. And keep in mind that two wrongs don’t make a right. Each threat to peace must be evaluated on its own merits. Or are you saying that the anti-democratic takeover of more and more sovereign nations is nothing to be concerned about?

  2. This dialogue that Lobo is promoting has no explicit intent in overthrowing the Constitution, that is something some extremists from the Right are reading into his mind.
    Dialogue is the rational way out of conflicts. But even then, it would be easy to find the way to do it legally, now that Lobo controls the Congress, something that Zelaya could not do. So, the ruling from the Supreme Court last year may not be relevant this year. Expert constitutionalist Oswaldo Ramos Soto has provided a way to overrule those so called “articulos petreos”, by the means of a referendum. Nothing in the law can be written in stone, that is so anti-democratic. No Congress or Assembly can forbid the people from expressing their intentions, because the people is the primary source of power, and the Congress has only a delegate power.

    1. Ever heard of popular tyranny? The institutions exist for a reason. Of course the constitution can be changed, but only by constitutional means. The problem with Lobo’s intentions is that he has not declared them. He has not done the preparatory work. He has not presented the problem that requires the solution that he is offering. Therefore any sane person has to assume that he is up to something either politically bad or outright unconstitutional. Otherwise he would have gone about it the politically correct way, instead of alienating just about everyone.

  3. Tegucigalpa – El presidente hondureño Porfirio Lobo insistió este sábado en defender el derecho del pueblo a ser consultado, “cuál es el miedo?, ¿cuál es el problema? , volvió a cuestionarse y a preguntar.

    Durante una gira por el sur hondureño, donde realizó un diálogo regional relacionado al plan de nación que impulsa su administración, el gobernante reiteró que el pueblo hondureño tiene derecho a ser consultado.

    Lobo hizo un llamado a los diputados que integran la Cámara Legislativa para que hagan las reformas al artículo cinco de la constitución hondureña con el fin de flexibilizar y ampliar las figuras del plebiscito y el referéndum.

    Los parlamentarios “tienen que hacer reformas al plebiscito y estoy seguro que las van a hacer”, señaló.

    A instancias del ejecutivo hace una semana sectores de la sociedad iniciaron una serie de conversaciones directas con el Presidente para hablar sobre la posibilidad de crear una constituyente en base a reformas a la carta magna.

    En su visita al sureño departamento de Valle el presidente Lobo dijo que “como gobierno tenemos dos diálogos, uno temático que lo que persigue es tener personas fuera del gobierno que nos ayuden a darnos ideas, aportarnos sus experiencias para tomar las mejores decisiones. Eso debe avanzar y no debe contaminarse. Y el otro diálogo, que persigue que nos pongamos de acuerdo todos”, expresó el presidente.

    Nuevamente volvió a formularse y a preguntar a la concurrencia “¿cuál es el problema?, el pueblo tiene derecho a ser consultado, claro que si tiene derecho a ser consultado, ese derecho nadie se lo puede quitar al pueblo. ¿Que el pueblo va a decidir?, claro que el pueblo va a decidir; porque tampoco nadie le va a imponer al pueblo sus ideas o sus decisiones. Es el pueblo el que manda”.

    Utilizando un lenguaje popular expresó, “como dicen los chavos ¿cuál es el miedo? al toro a los cuernos, vamos a consultar”.

    El gobernante anunció este viernes que las reformas van y que serán sometidas al Congreso antes de que termine la actual legislatura.

    1. Lobo’s language is that of the popular tyrant. The leader who wants to gather more power in his own hand by weakening the democratic institutions, the checks and balances. His argument is to appeal to the masses. But that is just a political tool; it’s the same age old popular tyranny play that hundreds if not thousands of leaders have played, including the Old Greeks. Nothing is new under the sun.

  4. por esto mismo , por querer consultarle al pueblo, el mismo y los militares le dieron GOLPE DE ESTADO al presidente Manuel Zelaya en junio de 2009, entonces lo que antes era malo ahora es bueno??
    jajaja mejor es reir !!!

    1. What was illegal in 2009 is still illegal in 2010. The Supreme Court has not changed. If Lobo tries to do a coup d’état like Zelaya did, he, too, will most likely be stopped by the judicial system. I have faith in the judicial system of Honduras.

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