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GOP'ers Openly Defy Obama, America

By The Reverend Published: October 9, 2009

Been meanng to write about this....

The Logan Act says that anyone who without government authorization “directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

On June 28, democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from power....

Opponents ousted democratically elected Manuel Zelaya for trying to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution. They accuse him of wanting to get rid of the single-term limit, a charge he denies. In a pre-dawn raid, the military seized a pajama-clad Zelaya and sent him to Costa Rica.

The Honduran Supreme Court of Justice issued this statement.....

"Today's events originate from a court order by a competent judge. The armed forces, in charge of supporting the constitution, acted to defend the state of law and have been forced to apply legal dispositions against those who have expressed themselves publicly and acted against the dispositions of the basic law,"

A man by the name of Roberto Micheletti was sworn in as the new Honduran president by the National Congress hours after Zelaya was arrested.

What's all this have to do with a U.S. law called the Logan Act?

The new Honduran leader has no real lawful authority because of how he was installed and how Zelaya was ousted. As a result...

"... the Obama administration and the rest of the world have shunned the Central American country, cutting off aid and travel visas."

No one accepts the legitimacy of the newly installed Honduran leader,....

This is a coup that has been denounced by everyone from the Organization of American States to the United Nations, which passed a resolution calling “categorically on all states to recognise no government other than that” of the elected president, Manuel Zelaya. No state has recognized Micheletti as president.

No state, that is, except the state of American Republicans....

Nine Congressional Republicans – including seven in the past week as the crisis heats up -- have now met with Roberto Micheletti, who took power after a military coup June 28.

That's where the Logan Act applies. Even though no country recognizes the new Honduran leader, including the U.S., and President Obama has called for the democratically elected leader, Zelaya, to be re-installed as Honduras' rightful leader....

There have been three Republican trips to Honduras to meet with Micheletti: a July trip by House members Connie Mack (R-Florida) and Brian Bilbray (R-California); last week’s trip by Senators Jim DeMint (R- South Carolina), Aaron Schock (R-Illinois), Peter Roskam (R-Illinois), and Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado); and Monday’s visit by House members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida).

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen....

“Some people tell me 'de facto' government, but under the Constitution of the Republic I am seated here with the president of this country and it’s a great honor.”

Sen. Jim DeMint.....

“We saw a government working hard to follow the rule of law, uphold its constitution, and to protect democracy for the people of Honduras.”

To me, this looks like an open and shut violation of the Logan Act. The words and actions of these Republicans seems to be in brazen defiance of U.S. law. The kind of in-your-face lawlessness, bordering on treason, we often witnessed during the reign of Dick Cheney.

I can think of two reasons why these apparent GOP traitors are openly violating the Logan Act by working in diametric opposition to the United States President.

1) To openly defy the new American President in the hopes of weakening him somehow. Republicans have been the party of "hell, no" ever since Obama was inaugurated, openly wanting him to fail. Defying Obama on Honduras, most likely a violation of the Logan Act, is just another in-your-face "hell, no" activity. Just more daring.

2) Vicarious wishful thinking. As I predicted when Obama was elected, there is now a concerted effort by anti-democratic conservatives to impeach President Obama. Many of the signs at townhall bust-ups and TeaBag Parties have implied an impending patriotic civil war, "the tree of liberty refreshed with blood of patriots", "we came unarmed...this time", etc. There has been an unusual display of firearms at public political gatherings.

Perhaps those 9 Logan Act violating Republicans are rehearsing down in Honduras what they are wishing will/should happen in the U.S. I don't think this is far fetched in any way...especially after John Perry, Newsmax columnist, said recently that Obama....

"is inviting" a military coup and detailed the reasons he said officers might support such a "[m]ilitary intervention" with the end result being one in which "[s]killed, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars."

What do you think is going on here?



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