The High School Valedictorian Presidency
Obama states that governments that serve their own power will probably not survive, but he doesn't seem to recognize Manuel Zelaya's government as being one of those doomed entities. The Honduran president was attempting to unconstitutionally remain in office longer than the one term the government allows him. When the army successfully gained control of the government, Zelaya's own party supported the congressional vote to replace him, according to the Associated Press.
If the U.S. is not to interfere in the affairs of other nations, why is Obama negatively judging the means by which the Honduran government has chosen to rectify a blatantly unconstitutional act by its president? Why is it more appropriate to support Zelaya than it was to support Mousavi supporters in Iran?
Obama may have thought this the perfect opportunity to reinforce the bizarre choices he made during the Iranian democracy protests and display consistency, but if so, he was wrong. He's only shown himself to be more concerned with image than substance -- and more apt to be on the wrong side of an international issue.
"America supports the restoration of the democratically-elected President of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies. We do so not because we agree with him. We do so because we respect the universal principle that people should choose their own leaders, whether they are leaders we agree with or not," the president said. But the problem in Honduras was the fact that the people were constitutionally prohibited from choosing Zelaya again, and he was trying to change that inconvenient fact. How does Obama manage to gloss over that? Does he even understand that's why Zelaya was ousted?
Yes, the president is an idealist. He's a peace and love man of the highest order trying to remake the world. But idealism without intellect is a waste of time and energy, at best, and has the potential to create multiple catastrophes. When Barack Obama speaks, the emanating sound is that of a high school valedictorian who thinks he knows so much more than he actually does -- but is too young to realize how little he knows. That quality may be endearing to his supporters, but it's infuriating to those of us who prefer that the president of our nation not sound like a wistful teenager.