Arias now wants more power in Costa Rica

posted at 3:00 pm on August 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the US put its hopes for a settlement of the Honduran crisis in Oscar Arias, president of Costa Rica, who agreed to arbitrate between deposed president Manuel Zelaya and the current government in Tegulcigapa, headed by Roberto Micheletti.  Those negotiations have proved fruitless, but perhaps that’s because Arias may not exactly be an honest broker in the dispute.  Juan Carlos Hidalgo at Cato reports that Arias wants to do exactly the same thing in Costa Rica that got Zelaya the boot in Honduras:

President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica has joined the trend in Latin America of calling for a new constitution that would expand executive powers and get rid of “unnecessary checks” on the president’s authority. Although Arias has less than 9 months left in office and can’t run for reelection, his brother and current minister of the presidency — a primer minister of sorts — has openly said he’s interested in running for president in 2014. A new constitution with expanded executive powers would fit him just fine.

Arias’ call has been received with broad skepticism. La Nación, Costa Rica’s leading newspaper, said that trying to make the government more efficient through a constitutional convention was like “killing a mouse with cannon fire.” The newspaper also said that the idea of dismantling the checks and balances on executive power sounds like an effort to create an “imperial presidency.” Maybe we should send our colleague Gene Healy to study the case.

However, the most disturbing aspect of Arias’ call was his harsh criticism of the media. Borrowing from the script of Rafael Correa in Ecuador and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Arias described news outlets as “corporations interested in making a profit” that don’t necessarily pursue the “public good.” He asked the media to “tone down” its criticism of government officials, and said that journalists “should understand their role within a higher framework.” He complained that news outlets claim to represent the public interest, without any control or accountability.

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions.  We’ve seen how well that works in Cuba , Nicaragua, and Venezuela.  The people of Honduras didn’t want that for themselves, but the US and Costa Rica appear determined to impose it anyway.  And now we know why; Arias has a vested interest in having Honduras tread that ground before he demands it for his own family at home.

The US should be on the side of self-determination and the rule of law.  Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism.  How did this happen, and why hasn’t the national media shined its light on Arias’ interests in this dispute?  Could it be that it would make Obama look like a bumbling fool on the international stage — or worse?


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Banana republics dictatorships.

jgapinoy on August 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I cannot zoom in on the picture, but is the guy fittingly wearing a lampshade on his head?

bayview on August 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

If I’m not mistaken, Zelaya attempted to put a non binding resolution out for a vote that would eliminate term limits. Not exactly a executive power grab and seemingly different than what Arias is trying to do. But ah well….all socialists, all the same, amirite?

The Calibur on August 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Everyone is following Obama’s lead.

JellyToast on August 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Si Se Peude!

Fletch54 on August 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Wait a minute, media outlets that criticize the government make a profit? Wow, do what you are suppose to do and prosper, what a concept. Maybe they should try that here?

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Seems all the little Latin American Marxists are emboldened by Obama’s election. They know they have a friend in the White House.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Obama is taking notes.

ThePrez on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Power Grab?

It appears Obama is having the desired influence on the world that he’d hoped for…

katy on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism.

Sounds like a pretty close description of the Obama Administration.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Arias’ call has been received with broad skepticism except from Chavez, Castro and Osama Obama.

Might as well be clear about it: We’ll soon be a third-world banana republic if the Child-President has his way.

MrScribbler on August 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Two peas in a pod.

Zelaya, Arias, Chavez, Castro, Obama…
There are a lot of peas in that pod.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Welcome to the Marxists wet dream… The US just looking like it’s ready to let the house of cards fall… Congratulations PBHO, I guess you’re getting your Marxist dream…

less than 8 months and we’re now looking like the toothless paper lion…

DaSaintFan on August 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Just one more example of this administration’s keen inept judgement when it comes to foreign affairs.

Amateurs

HoustonRight on August 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

So someone wants to be a dictator. Whats the harm ? You all are getting all weeweed up over nothing. After seeing what Castro has done for Cuba maybe we can get us a dictator here in the U.S. In fact I have heard that there are quite a few people working on just that. Can’t wait. Everything free. All the wealthy run out of the country. All of this arguing and fussing with one another put to an end, totally. Paradise awaits.

JonRoss on August 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, and Barack Obama is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions. We’ve seen how well that works in Cuba , Nicaragua, and Venezuela and the United States.

MB4 on August 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions. We’ve seen how well that works in Cuba , Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Could we add Obama and his csars?

fourdeucer on August 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Tyrants of a feather…

Maquis on August 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

MB4 on August 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM
Sorry for my post.

fourdeucer on August 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Could we add Obama and his csars?

fourdeucer on August 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

So let it be written, so let it be done.

MB4 on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

The COCOA Puffs ride on – Castro, Obama, Chavez, Ortega, Arias.

America’s national suicide note of Nov 4th is coming to fruition.

progressoverpeace on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Tyrants of a feather…

Maquis on August 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

…many times wind up on a spit over a hot fire.” We can only hope.

JonRoss on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

HoustonRight: I fear that you are falling for another Obama ploy if you consider what he has done an error of judgment. His actions in South America are intentional, and he knows and intends their consequences. He is doing the same thing in the US, as Beck has pointed out. The attacks on the press are underway in South American and in the US.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a vassal land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

Doesn’t listen to an opposing point of view
Control Freak man, ruling all he thinks is his purview
Control Freak Man, he had better listen
He don’t know with what he’s messin’
Knows already just what he wants to do
Doesn’t he seem a lot like Hitler and Mussolini to you?

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a vassal held land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

He’s as blinded by his lust for power as he can be
Just sees what he wants to see
He’s got such a God complex point of call
Control Freak Man can you even see America at all?
Knows already just what he wants to do
Doesn’t he seem a lot like Hitler and Mussolini to you?

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a vassal land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

About Control Freak Man we should all worry
To destroy all America built he is in a hurry
If he controls everything his fascist way
It will be a forlorn day
Hes going to leave it all a mess
Anyone of sound mind must confess

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a vassal land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

MB4 on August 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Olympia snowe
this is off topic but it has to be posted here. She is going to cave and side with the libs on healthcare. Burn her phones at her offices. Pick a zip code or a town in Maine, call her office saying you represent a group of seniors and let her know she’s out if she votes with the libs. Better yet, take a page out of alinskys rules for radicals and say your moderate democrats against the bill. Stop her now before she caves! Call now!!

texaninfidel on August 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Olympia snowe
this is off topic but it has to be posted here. She is going to cave and side with the libs on healthcare.

texaninfidel on August 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Good grief … Olympia Snowe, another communist claiming to be an American.

Kick them all out.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Eventually the MSM are going to have to cover the situation in Honduras and expose Obama for the fascist that he is. A lot of Americans are not getting the information.

farright on August 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

farright on August 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

No. The MSM won’t ever expose any politician for being fascist. It reduces the chances of receiving fascist benefits.

The Calibur on August 30, 2009 at 3:48 PM

As I’ve said before.

The truth will out.

CPT. Charles on August 30, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Hey but wait a minute………….The Messiah and Mrs. Messiah (wow look at those $10,000 shoes and that $300,000/year job in a small Chi-Town hospital where she didn’t even have to come to work! Wow) were Crowned in a Greek Temple – that means that they are above the law and can have Marxists over for smores in the WH fireplace……….popcorn anyone……….

Cinday Blackburn on August 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Ain’t gonna happen. Arias may want it, but speaking as someone who’s lived there, the Ticos are very, very proud of their history of democracy and view increased power in the hands of one man with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Plus their Constitution is the 2nd-oldest in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s worked pretty well so far. And there’s no military to back an imperial presidency even if it’s wanted.

Ain’t gonna happen.

ExUrbanKevin on August 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

…many times wind up on a spit over a hot fire.” We can only hope.

JonRoss on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Rotisserie Vulture? Better bring a lot of Texas Best to sweeten that rancid meat.

TMK on August 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

It’s the Castro-Chavez-Obama Effect:

~seize all means of POWER!

We, unlike Costa Rica or Cuba or Venezuela, have the SECOND AMENDMENT.

The teeth of the Constitution.

Smile!

profitsbeard on August 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I wonder what the response of the OAS will be. Crickets?

a capella on August 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

If I’m not mistaken, Zelaya attempted to put a non binding resolution out for a vote that would eliminate term limits. Not exactly a executive power grab and seemingly different than what Arias is trying to do. But ah well….all socialists, all the same, amirite?

The Calibur on August 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

You are mistaken. The Honduran Constitution expressly forbids any such plebiscites, whether you want to (mysteriously) label them “non-binding” or not. The legislature (dominated by Zelaya’s own party) voted overwhelming (95%+) to censure this flagrant attempt to overturn the provision against presidents succeeeding themselves. When Zelaya defiantly went ahead with his plans, the Honduran Supreme Court unanimously held him in contempt and demanded his removal from office in strict accordance with Honduran law. The Constitution not only prescribes removal from office in this case, but forfeiture of citizenship.

The military was ordered to remove Zelaya. They did so and then retired from the scene. This was no more a “military coup” than Eisenhower’s use of the military to enforce school desegregation in Arkansas was.

Americans (even including most left-wingers…. although apparently not anti-Constitutional extremists like you)would never tolerate a power grab like Zelaya’s. But then, to you Hondurans (like Cubans, etc etc) are just pathetic backward peasants who need an “enlightened” despot like Castro, Chavez, or Zelaya.

Que vete al diablo, pendejo.

wolfie on August 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Why aren’t we criticizing these maneuvers? Because this sort of power grab is exactly the direction that Obama is pursuing. It works both ways – these despots are encouraged by Obama’s power grab, which is exactly why they are making plays of their own.

“Smart power”, anyone?

commenter on August 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

wolfie on August 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM

“pendejo”. Is that Spanish for “dickweed”?

Buford Gooch on August 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Seems all the little Latin American Marxists are emboldened by Obama’s election. They know they have a friend in the White House.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Maybe the 10 billion Obama gave to Brazil was the start of funding for the Civillian Security Force that Obama envisions for us, after all he never commited himself to what citizens he was funding.

heshtesh on August 30, 2009 at 4:04 PM

In April 2003, the constitutional amendment ban on presidential re-election was reversed, allowing Óscar Arias (Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1987) to run for president for a second term. In 2006, Óscar Arias was elected in a tight and highly contested election, running on a platform of promoting free trade. He took office on May 8, 2006.

Ain’t gonna happen.

ExUrbanKevin on August 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM
Seems like Arias has already gotten away with it once according to wikipedia.

fourdeucer on August 30, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Close enough, Buford, close enough!!!!

wolfie on August 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM

You have to watch these developments in Costa Rica closely. Honduras, seeking to avoid the perennial Latin American curse of presidents-for-life (whether of the right or of the left) modeled its executive office provisions on the older, unamended Costa Rican ones. It would be a tragedy indeed if Costa Rica threw its own heritage away, not just for CR itself, but for all those who might use its heretofore successful constitution as a model.

wolfie on August 30, 2009 at 4:12 PM

wolfie on August 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM

It does not follow.

You did not explain whether I was mistaken or not.

He attempted to pursue a non-binding resolution that removes term limits. You didn’t disprove this.

Arias is trying to “expand executive powers and get rid of “unnecessary checks” on the president’s authority.” These are not the same thing. You didn’t disprove that either.

And now I’m an anti-constitutional extremist. Well played. No wonder you people have a hell of a time winning elections these days. Isn’t it bad to label people with dissenting opinions, especially after I didn’t even express one?

The Calibur on August 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM

How about Mayor Bloomberg NYC; getting a removal of term limits for his royal hineyness…

Jeff2161 on August 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM

At what point is it permissible to say that Latin Americans must take some responsibility for the political and economic mishega’as that goes on in that part of the world?

Lifelong lefty Martin Peretz of The New Republic was called a racist by his fellow travelers for saying that those countries are “congenitally corrupt”, which is dictionary perfect because they’ve been corrupt since they’ve existed.

The reason why we have a problem with illegal immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere in Central America is because there’s no real middle class, Mexico is an oligarchy.

In South America, they seem to have a taste for despotic rulers, either right, left or populist. The actions of the Honduran legislature, supreme court, and army are perhaps a hopeful sign that true civil democratic culture is beginning to take hold. Still, Chavez, Arias and Zelaya do enjoy significant support in their countries.

Governments cannot stand without support from the populace, regardless if the head of the government is a king, dictator or president. If the Cubans wanted to be rid of Castro, they’d shuck off communism like the Russians. As long as a regime has enough support to staff an army and internal security apparatus, it will stand.

rokemronnie on August 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on August 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM
+1

Let’s go back all the way to January 2009. I watched the inauguration on CNN (it was my only option). Did anybody besides me feel like the State Controlled Media went on and on and on about the extraordinary “peaceful transfer of power”? I know that it is unusual in the world in which we live, but they made it sound like it was unusual for America or perhaps that what was really historical about the event was that we were witnessing the last “transfer of power” (peaceful or otherwise) for the foreseeable future.

Obama may intend to be a one term President, but who says that term will only last four years? We are already hearing Obama Czars and members of Congress extol the virtues of Castro and Chavez. (And we have also seen members of Congress treating their constituents in a manner that would seem to indicate that either 1. they plan to retire at the end of their current term or 2. they don’t expect to have to run for re-election in free and open elections.) If a few more countries follow in the footsteps of Cuba and Venezuela, then you can expect to see an astroturf movement for the US to go down that road too. After all, “Everybody is doing it.”

That reasoning seemed, well, reasonable, when I was an adolescent and wanted to do something that my parents had said I could not do. But it never got much traction with my parents. And now that I am a parent, I find it has little attraction as a logical argument.

What does the future hold for America? I think that will depend on whether we, as a nation, are adolescents driven by peer pressure or adults prepared to stand up for truth and liberty, even if it means going against the flow of populist sentiment.

Ordinary American on August 30, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Seems all the leaders Obama likes seek to serve as El Presidente for life.

Hmm…..

wildcat84 on August 30, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Ain’t gonna happen. Arias may want it, but speaking as someone who’s lived there, the Ticos are very, very proud of their history of democracy and view increased power in the hands of one man with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Plus their Constitution is the 2nd-oldest in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s worked pretty well so far. And there’s no military to back an imperial presidency even if it’s wanted.
Ain’t gonna happen.

ExUrbanKevin on August 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Glad to read your view on this as I, too, don’t think the people will stand for a gutting of their constitution or a Zelaya type move. I’ve done business down there for about 30 years, and you will not find a people more committed to free markets and the rule of law. Indeed, their appreciation of freedom and complete intolerance of leftist ideology reminds me of what our country must have been like pre-Wilson and certainly pre-FDR.

That said, I think some of the South and Central American leaders like Zelaya and perhaps Arias are smelling an opening for power expansion and dictatorial acceptance, given a US president who reflects those very things.

TXUS on August 30, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Welcome to the Marxists wet dream… The US just looking like it’s ready to let the house of cards fall… Congratulations PBHO, I guess you’re getting your Marxist dream…

less than 8 months and we’re now looking like the toothless paper lion…

DaSaintFan on August 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Toothless, I think not. It is merely that the lion has turned. No longer does he protect those that hold freedom dear, he actively supports and allies himself against them!

Archimedes on August 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM

OA 4:35
Over the last few months the adults have started to gather together regarding all of the issues that the left has been pushing. I don’t think it is too late for us to save our freedoms.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Obama’s goal – to turn the whole hemisphere into Banana Republics ’cause he really likes bananas!

Sporty1946 on August 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM

” The newspaper also said that the idea of dismantling the checks and balances on executive power sounds like an effort to create an “imperial presidency.”

Sort of like the Kennedy dynasty.

“The US should be on the side of self-determination and the rule of law. Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism.”

Why? Our current El Presidente favors Czars with socialist and Chicago backgrounds and finds that they work just fine.

GarandFan on August 30, 2009 at 4:53 PM

From the comments section over on American Thinker….

Stand fast upon the ramparts my friends, between here and 1/20/13 is our hour of peril and moment of truth. Upon our shoulders alone is bourne the wisdom of the enlightenment in the face of tyranny. If America were to fail and the weight of its influence, both militarily and otherwise, to fall into hands of despots, the clamity for mankind will stretch over centuries.

Sums it up quite nicely I think. Article on Sun Tzu was quite good as well.

Archimedes on August 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on August 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I agree that it is not yet too late, and the tea parties and town halls have shown that there are a lot of adults left in America. I have no doubt that in open, free elections, there will be a shift in Congress in 2010. But will our next election be open and free or will it resemble the recent election in Iran? And how much will Obama pass between now and January 2011 (when new members of Congress would take their seats)?

I think we need more States standing up for enumerated powers, letting the Federal Government know that the States will not necessarily accept everything that Congress passes. But Washington has the States in a position where they are dependent upon Washington for much of their funding. So will the States have the courage to stand up to the Chicago politics of extortion that will be used against them if they defy the Federal Government. Look at what happened to California when they announced that they were going to cut wages to State workers who just happened to be members of SEIU.

Ordinary American on August 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

worse. Obama sees the power of Castro, Ortega and Chavez and he DIGS it! after all, he’s softly setting himself up for the same thing here:

pulling the US Census under the purvey of the WH for the first time in history is the start, in order to improperly influence the 2012 election. this will compliment his amnesty for illegals and releasing “non-violent” prisoners from over-crowded prisons and reinstating their right to vote. a version of the Fairness Doctrine will follow and when the internet is the only “voice” left holding him accountable, he’ll manufacture a “cyber security threat” and shut down the internet.

either that, or all this drinking is making me paranoid.

cpr on August 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

I think that security guard, in the video posted yesterday, has let the cat out of the bag. This isn’t America, anymore.

We all knew, and had it confirmed. So either the people stand up and fight against this onslaught of tyrannical take overs, or we sit on our hands, and whine, because we let it happen.

Screw the press in this country. We know where they stand, and we know nothing will change that. They’ve had ample opportunities to stand up, and report on the behalf of the people, and voice opposition to the coming tyranny. So far, all they’ve done is compete with each other, as to whom will be the most favored.

We’re MAD AS HELL, AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!

capejasmine on August 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica has joined the trend in Latin America of calling for a new constitution that would expand executive powers and get rid of “unnecessary checks” on the president’s authority. Although Arias has less than 9 months left in office

Hell that’s an improvement over our guy. He’s only in office for 9 months and wants a new constitution.

conservnut on August 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

The Marxists are emerging and making a grab for power because they know they have nothing to fear from the White House. In fact, Obama is actively supporting them.

Face it folks … this is now or never. Stand up, don’t back down and make your voice heard.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Now where will we move to escape socialism? Sigh.

Socmodfiscon on August 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Now where will we move to escape socialism? Sigh.

Socmodfiscon on August 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Alaska?

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Face it folks … this is now or never. Stand up, don’t back down and make your voice heard.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Amen. DC on 9/12 isn’t just about health care. We are under assault from Marxist revolutionaries.

Christian Conservative on August 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

capejasmine on August 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Yes, we need to “stand up and fight,” but we must be careful how we do that. We need to fight with the pen (or the computer) which is mightier than the sword; we need to fight in the legitimate channels of public debate; we need to fight by exercising our right and responsibility to vote.

We are involved in a chess match, not a brawl (even if the opposition is using Chicago style tactics). We need to find people with the clarity to see what the opposition is going to do 10 moves in advance.

The State Controlled Media is already laying the ground work for a real or fake “man caused disaster” that will be attributed to radical right-wing domestic terrorists. Think of the anarchist who broke the windows in Denver as a trial balloon. There are those on the left who are itching for an opportunity to politically knee-cap conservatives or even an excuse to declare a crisis and impose martial law or suspend the Constitution. They may or may not be willing to fabricate such an excuse. But we must be sure not to give them that excuse on a silver platter.

I have heard several people say that anyone who goes to a tea party or a town hall, should be sure to have a video camera to document what takes place. This “war” may well be won or lost on You-tube. And of course if Obama gets control of the internet. . .

Ordinary American on August 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

We plan on retiring in about a dozen years and Costa Rica (bordering Hondurus) is a place I’ve been looking into to live out our remaining years. Before doing so, we are going to try it out, and I’ve been reading blogs from there to get the flavor of the residents.
Hondurus is a subject that comes up quite often and they definitely have their opinions. For the most part, they want President Obama to keep his nose out of it, and they want Zelaya to go away. They like the prosperity their country has enjoyed and they don’t want dictators bordering their country, let alone in their country.
From my point of view, I don’t see all these straw men Obama keeps refering to as, wanting the US’s help but then want the US out of their business. I only see the former.

oakpack on August 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

If you read into this further than one can clearly see the close relationships between Obama’s diversity officer at the FCC. Birds of a feather dictate policy together!

larvcom on August 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

The banana in the White House chooses Marxism. who is surprised. Shocker — You elect a Marxist, you get a Marxist.

Notice how our banana boat dictator doesn’t know how to pronounce freedom and liberty.

tarpon on August 30, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Obama simply called this one wrong.

He’s not about to start efforts to change the constitution and remain in poewr in perpetuity.

Let’s not have any Obama Derangement Syndrome – it’s no better than what the leftists did for the last 8 years.

Anders on August 30, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Costa Rica has a rightly deserved reputation for being one of the most consistently democratic states in that region. It would be a real pity if the good people of Costa Rica allow their country to go the way of Venezuela and Bolivia.

The people of Costa Rica are at a crossroads. Unfortunately, thanks to Obama, they can’t turn to the US for help.

Matt Helm on August 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

RE: Why hasn’t the national media shined its light on Arias’ interests in this dispute

The NRCC should appoint a media czar to look into that!

Scranton on August 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Is every place south of Houston run by Mexicans, even the places that are not Mexico? Cuz that hat, I have seen it before.

Apologetic California on August 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

No one should be surprised that power-seizing events are taking place in South America. I lean on the side of Roberto Micheletti simply because of Zelaya’s attempt to trash the Constitution of Honduras. The same tactic now may be in the planning stage for Costa Rica by Oscar Arias. Hugo Chavez is having peaceful protestors arrested in Venezuela simply for protesting.

No leftist leader in any South American country expects Obama to interfere unless it’s favors their ideas and goals. Obama should stay out of politics altogether in that region, but I think the long-term of Obama and his Chicago thugs is to look for ideas and methods used in those countries for future use in the U.S.

metroryder on August 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Obama Republics?

coldwarrior on August 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Let’s rewrite this post in a more accurate way …

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the US put its hopes for a settlement of the Honduran crisis in Oscar Arias Barack Obama, president of Costa Rica the United States, who agreed to arbitrate between deposed president Manuel Zelaya and the current government in Tegulcigapa, headed by Roberto Micheletti. Those negotiations have proved fruitless, but perhaps that’s because Arias Obama may not exactly be an honest broker in the dispute. Juan Carlos Hidalgo at Cato reports that Arias Barack Obama wants to do exactly the same thing in Costa Rica the United States that got Zelaya the boot in Honduras.

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions. We’ve seen how well that works in Cuba , Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The people of Honduras didn’t want that for themselves, but the US and Costa Rica appear determined to impose it anyway. And now we know why; Arias Barack Obama has a vested interest in having Honduras tread that ground before he demands it for his own family at home.

The US should be on the side of self-determination and the rule of law. Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism. How did this happen, and why hasn’t the national media shined its light on Arias’ Obama’s interests in this dispute? Could it be that it would make Obama look like a bumbling fool wanna-be Marxist Dictator on the international stage — or worse?

Gregor on August 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

He’s not about to start efforts to change the constitution and remain in poewr in perpetuity.

Anders on August 30, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Really?

Nice try, but pull your head out of that small little hole.

Gregor on August 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, and Obama is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions.

Obama is doing exactly the same thing with his Czars and by ignoring the Constitution.

Only — unlike Honduras — our Congress and SCOTUS won’t hold him responsible for it.

Daggett on August 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Gregor on August 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Exactly.

Daggett on August 30, 2009 at 7:18 PM

It seems to me like the Costa Rican’s have to throw Oscar Arias out of the country like the Honduran’s threw out their tyrant wanna be.

MCGIRV on August 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I cannot zoom in on the picture, but is the guy fittingly wearing a lampshade on his head?
bayview on August 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I believe it’s Ernie Kovacs.

ppaint on August 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Now where will we move to escape socialism? Sigh.

Socmodfiscon on August 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Escape the oppression and exploitation of socialism by staying home and John Galt so the Barry crowd cannot steal the fruit of your labor. Organize to vote them socialists out. Save up now so you can go John Galt as long as it is needed.

bayview on August 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

We need some very vocal people in Congress to question Obama’s and the State Department’s treatment of Honduras, as well as its position vis a vis Costa Rica.

The opinion piece in the WSJ online makes a further case:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204731804574382872711784150.html

From all appearances, it seems that Obama agrees with the dictator Chavez and the newest power-grabber Arias.

onlineanalyst on August 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM

And the answer to that, for Arias and Zelaya as well as Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros, is to make the presidency less accountable to the other political institutions. We’ve seen how well that works in Cuba , Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Could we add Obama and his csars?
fourdeucer on August 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

And along those lines Drudge reports on SoCal Fire:

INFERNO MAY TAKE OUT LOS ANGELES MEDIA TOWERS

OBAMA SENDING FCC CZAR TO MAP OUT PROCESS (my sarc)

Rovin on August 30, 2009 at 9:08 PM

The US should be on the side of self-determination and the rule of law. Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism. How did this happen, and why hasn’t the national media shined its light on Arias’ interests in this dispute? Could it be that it would make Obama look like a bumbling fool on the international stage — or worse?

I’ll take “or worse” for $500, Ed.

As for the “how”, birds of a feather corrupt together.

steveegg on August 30, 2009 at 9:54 PM

On my website I write about this a number of times. Why do you think Obama is so enamored with Chavez? Chavez is leading a revolution across South and Central America, one that Obama would love to follow.

We are living in dangerous times.

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2009/08/26/if-i-were-taking-over-a-country-what-would-i-do-next-an-exercise-in-thinking-like-the-enemy/

archer52 on August 30, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Sort of like watching the night lineup at LAX where you can see all the planes lining up to land, one after another. I think Obama Air is 4 or 5 planes out. They are all following the same flight/game plan.

jerseyman on August 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Well if Arias has a strong Socialist bent then you can count on Barak The Socialist Obama to lend support and meddle in their country’s affairs to grease the skids. If on the other hand there existed a Barak The Scoop Jackson Democrat Obama, Arias would be told to respect his country’s laws and allow the people to elect a new leader, even it it someone who might carry on Arias agenda. Unfortunately, other than Liebermann, there are no more Scoop Jackson Democrats left alive. It’s also why I don’t vote Democrat anymore.

wtng2fish on August 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Could it be that it would make Obama look like a bumbling fool on the international stage — or worse?

Oh, it’s worse all right.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2009 at 12:01 AM

He asked the media to “tone down” its criticism of government officials

Interesting, that’s the same exact phrase the White House used when they called Glenn Beck.

Common Sense on August 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Maybe they’re all scared. Just across the border in Panama Martinelli absolutely destroyed their socialist comrade Balbina in Panama’s elections this past June. Glorious landslide.

Medicated on August 31, 2009 at 3:09 AM

This does explain why Arias wasn’t acting as an honest broker when everyone assumed that he would.

Maybe someone can explain why having a bunch of leftist caudillos would represent progress in Central America.

Mr. D on August 31, 2009 at 7:09 AM

Time to call/email Reps and Senators.
Too bad the US Hispanic population bought into Obama’s crap.

elclynn on August 31, 2009 at 7:44 AM

However, the most disturbing aspect of Arias’ Obama’s call was his harsh criticism of the media insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, doctors… Borrowing from the script of Rafael Correa in Ecuador and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Arias Obama described news outlets anything not controlled by government as “corporations interested in making a profit” that don’t necessarily pursue the “public good.”

GrayDog on August 31, 2009 at 8:48 AM

The US should be on the side of self-determination and the rule of law. Instead, we’ve ended up on the side of power-grabbing future despots and potential ruling cliques of nepotism. How did this happen, and why hasn’t the national media shined its light on Arias’ interests in this dispute? Could it be that it would make Obama look like a bumbling fool on the international stage — or worse?

It could also be that Barry wants to tread the same ground.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Tell me that hat was Photoshopped in.

corona on August 31, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Slightly OT

I see on Drudge a link to a story on how Chavez is going to charge people demonstrating in the streets with rebellion, which carries a sentence of 12 to 24 years in prison.

Anyone planning to attend a demonstration on 9/12 be advised.

lonesomecharlie on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

We plan on retiring in about a dozen years and Costa Rica (bordering Hondurus) is a place I’ve been looking into to

oakpack on August 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

1.- The name is ‘HondurAs’
2.- It doesnt border Costa Rica

Shambhala on August 31, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Too bad the US Hispanic population bought into Obama’s crap.

elclynn on August 31, 2009 at 7:44 AM

This is like saying “Whites overwhelmingly voted for Obama”.
Isnt that equally true?
So I could say “Too bad Whites bought into Obama’s crap”?

Shambhala on August 31, 2009 at 7:52 PM

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