Blogs & Debate and the Constituyente

The thing with the call for a constituyente is that it is a solution in search of a problem. The resistencia is pushing hard for a constituyente, but they never give an intelligent argument for why it is desirable. Instead of arguing for why it is necessary, they make the laughable case that the present constitution no longer is in effect, having been somehow “broken” by the “coup” last year.

What they mean by the “coup” was the arrest of Zelaya, to prevent him from bringing to completion the coup that he was carrying out. The method of Zelaya’s coup was to hold a constituyente. In other words, the resistencia’s argument is that the constituyente is necessary in order to restore constitutionality after Zelaya had been deposed for trying to hold a constituyente.

But hang on, why did Zelaya want to hold the constituyente in the first place? Their argument is recursive. And what about the fact that it is unconstitutional to hold a constituyente in Honduras?

The simple truth is that they want power. Nothing else. If they had had democracy at heart, they would not have violated the rule of law, because nothing that is based on a crime can survive. The only way to true democracy with participation for all segments of the population is to respect the rule of law, and to respect the rights of others.

One can never accept a coup d’état against a democratic government. One can never accept to throw a democratic constitution out the window – especially not without having any idea of what comes instead. What the resistencia is insisting, is that Honduras abandons the rule of law, abandons democracy, abandons civil liberties, and instead places the destiny of the country in the hands of a more or less self-appointed “savior”. The old Greeks used to call such persons “tyrants.”

If you would like to defend the position of the resistencia you are welcome to write an editorial and I will publish it here – provided that you present a coherent argument that refrains from advocating that which is unconstitutional, illegal, or against international law.

There are a number of blogs that discuss and debate the politics of Honduras, in light of the political crisis last year and the insistence on a part of some groups of holding a constituting constitutional assembly, a “constituyente“. This blog is one of them.

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