Our own Declaration of Independence says:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.And the world media doesn't seem to want to listen to the real advocates of a democratic republic in Honduras when they've attempted to "declare the causes which impel them to the separation" from Zelaya. (Namely, his opposition to following his own term limit, his attempt to alter the method of amending the constitution, and therefore breaking his oath of office.)
Further, our own Declaration states:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.It is clear that those who favor a real democratic republic in Honduras are of similar mind to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, etc., in that they are not inclined to scrap the whole system (as has often been done throughout the history of Latin American constitutional governments) at the drop of the hat. In this case, rather than set up a whole new system of government, which is not needed, they've decided to cut off the diseased branch before the entire tree became affected.
Who would have thought we as Americans would be able to look to Honduras as a beacon of patriotic republicanism? This may be a time for all of us to familiarize ourselves with our own founding documents. They can be found all in one place by clicking here.
(latest from 7/23/09)