Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Zelaya shenanigans; Barack don't know much about history; Governing based upon fantasy

Added updates to this post: Evidence Mel Zelaya Wanted to Overthrow Honduras Democratic Republic, and they deserve attention on their own:

Update: In WSJOnline, Mary Anastasia O'Grady details some of Zelaya's anti-democratic shenanigans.

Update 2: neo-neocon:
Honduras is facing something that has happened before, in many times and many places. But to recognize what’s been occurring there and what it signifies, one must know something about history, most particularly about how such power grabs occur. Then the patterns become clear.
The way is clear: tyrants very often use “democracy” as an excuse to get the people to override a constitution and grant them what turns out to be dictatorial, or near-dictatorial, powers, as well as the ability to extend or abolish term limits and stay in power longer than the constitution says (and in many cases indefinitely). Once the rules are changed about term limits, and power is consolidated and the voting apparatus compromised, staying in power is a relatively easy matter, really a trifle.
Barack doesn't know history. Worse, Barack "knows" a leftist view of history which doesn't jibe with reality. Samuel Clemens:
It ain’t what he don’t know, but what he does know that ain’t so.

Update 3: continuing the "Barack doesn't know history" angle, Liz Cheney in today's WSJ:
There are two different versions of the story of the end of the Cold War: the Russian version, and the truth. President Barack Obama endorsed the Russian version in Moscow last week.
One wonders whether this was just an attempt to push "reset" -- or maybe to curry favor. Perhaps, most concerning of all, Mr. Obama believes what he said.
Perhaps Mr. Obama thinks he is making America inoffensive to our enemies. In reality, he is emboldening them and weakening us. America can be disarmed literally -- by cutting our weapons systems and our defensive capabilities -- as Mr. Obama has agreed to do. We can also be disarmed morally by a president who spreads false narratives about our history or who accepts, even if by his silence, our enemies' lies about us.

This story, which happened in recent days, seems appropriate:

In Houston, someone put up a billboard which said: "Martin Luther King was a Republican". Which is true. MLK detested the racist southern Democrats who vigilantly worked to keep negroes in their place.

Soon after the billboard went up, a person or persons climbed the billboard and tore and vandalized the sign so it could not be read. Control the narrative.

History doesn't matter so much as how history is written and understood. If Barack skews history in Egypt, skews history in Russia, and listens without complaint to 40 minutes of Daniel Ortega skewing the history of Central America ... well, not good. We have come to a bad place. An American President is promoting fantasy versions of history. This is not a small thing. Taking future action which is based upon fantasy is not a small thing. It will harm us in ways great and small.

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