Paraguay: Lugo will be spending more time with his families

posted at 7:01 pm on June 24, 2012 by Fausta Wertz

As previously posted, Fernando Lugo, the Catholic bishop who’s sired at least a dozen children by several women (at least one of which was underage at the time), has crowned his political career by getting himself impeached.

As Carlos Eire put it, the impeachment is good news from Latin America, for a change.

The Diplomad has more,

Lugo. I have met him on three occasions, once in Paraguay and twice in Washington. How do I put this diplomatically and delicately? He is certifiably insane. He is the stuff of novels and comedy movies. A Catholic bishop gone mad who promotes a weird blend of populism, sixteenth century anti-Protestant dogma, a dash of Marxism, some anti-US rhetoric, and some other odds and ends. He had become a follower of Venezuela’s ailing Hugo Chavez and Ecuador’s increasingly unstable Rafael Correa, and at the OAS and the UN, Paraguay took on the anti-US rhetoric of his ALBA masters. As a priest, he had several children, some of whom he officially acknowledged as his. Paraguayans frequently referred to Lugo as “the father of our country.”

Lugo used his office to promote land seizures and, frankly, violence against landowners by the poor. For him, the law was a flexible, plastic, pliable material which could be bent, pulled, and twisted into whatever form he saw fit. He encouraged violence, and he got it; dead cops and dead poor people. The Paraguayan congress had enough of the violence and wackiness, impeached and convicted him in rapid fire order, and swore in Vice President Federico Franco. President Franco will hold the office until national elections in 2013. The new chief executive has run into a firestorm of criticism from around the region, especially the Chavez controlled ALBA nations, but others as well. Lots of gnashing of teeth and rending over garments over the supposed lack of due process, with some alleging the Congressional action is tantamount to a coup a la Honduras.

Third, I am no Paraguayan constitutional expert, but any process that involves open voting by elected officials, and does not involve firing squads or electrodes to the genitals, is a dramatic improvement over what has happened before in Latin America and Paraguay. To have your process criticized as undemocratic by the likes of Castro and Chavez is no shame.

Fourth, this is an opportunity for the US to begin to undermine ALBA influence and shore up a rocky democratic regime. The worst thing we can is criticize, criticize, criticize, and do what we did in Honduras–i.e., let Venezuela take the lead. The US should act like a democratic superpower and not let ourselves get steamrolled by loud Latin American executives who do not like to see fellow chief executives removed, even by democratic means.

Lugo’s crying coup, while new president Federico Franco explained the impeachment,

The transition took place with little unrest, while the usual Latin American lefties aren’t happy.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog. Hat tip: Phineas.

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Sounds like a certifiable nut-job…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Bravo!

steebo77 on June 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

this is an opportunity for the US to begin to undermine ALBA influence and shore up a rocky democratic regime

C’mon, this is Barack Obama, a man who bowed to Saudi’s.

JamesSeanMcKeane on June 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

This news, at least, is good.

novaculus on June 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM

From now on, the official language of Paraguay shall be …Swedish Klingon!

profitsbeard on June 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

If the Lefties are unhappy I’m satisfied.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Sounds like a certifiable nut-job…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2012 at 7:02 P

Yes, in America he would be qualified for a leadership position in the Democrat party.

Capp on June 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

And next, Hillary and Obama will roll out sanctions against the country unless they reinstate him.

Have we apologized to Honduras yet?

Laurence on June 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

No word if President Richard Face and Secretary of State Cankles McGee are going to go “Honduras” on the new Paraguayan regime.

If there is any doubt, they will side with the Marxists. Sweet Jeebus, November cannot get here fast enough.

H.E. Pennypacker on June 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Surely, President Obama will swiftly seize defeat from the jaws of victory in another brilliant example of his foreign policy prowess.

Dubya Bee on June 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Yes, in America he would be qualified for a leadership position in the Democrat party.

Capp on June 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

DWS’s job for sure.

Mini-14 on June 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Influenced by the Borgias, no doubt.

ExpressoBold on June 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Paraguay … Wasn’t that in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid?

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Dipolomad is back? And no one TOLD ME???

evilned on June 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Has President Obama bowed to this Lugo person yet? I’m sure he has.

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

There is a place for him in Obama’s EPA.

pat on June 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

this is an opportunity for the US to begin to undermine ALBA influence and shore up a rocky democratic regime

Obama doesn’t democratic regimes.

talkingpoints on June 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Paraguay … Wasn’t that in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid?

minnesoter on June 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

No, that was Bolivia.

a capella on June 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

BTW, “widget.newsinc.com”, one of the advertisers inserted on this page tried to break past my firewalls for whatever reason. If that kind of crap keeps up you can be pretty sure once people find out where they got their virus or malware (here at hotair) there will no doubt be a drop in traffic.

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Wolfmoon on June 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

…if JugEars had a brother, Fernando Lugo…

KOOLAID2 on June 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

A hopeful sign that maybe the bad guys in Latin America are beginning to lose their grip…

Sekhmet on June 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Paraguay: Lugo will be spending more time with his families

Heh. I see what you did there, Fausta Wertz.

(I’d kill for that nic)

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

A minor point: Mr. Lugo is not a Catholic bishop. He was laicized by the Vatican after he violated the Pope’s orders that he not run for public office.

unclesmrgol on June 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

A minor point: Mr. Lugo is not a Catholic bishop. He was laicized by the Vatican after he violated the Pope’s orders that he not run for public office.

unclesmrgol on June 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM
not for his polygamy? interesting…

nathor on June 25, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Remember Honduras? We know how Barry Soetoro reacts to this.

wildcat72 on June 25, 2012 at 6:29 AM

A minor point: Mr. Lugo is not a Catholic bishop. He was laicized by the Vatican after he violated the Pope’s orders that he not run for public office.
You are correct, Nathor, I should have said former Catholic bishop.

Cleombrotus, Fausta Wertz is my real name.

Fausta Wertz on June 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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Got that Hotair?

Wolfmoon on June 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

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JIMV on June 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

…the law was a flexible, plastic, pliable material which could be bent, pulled, and twisted into whatever form…

Sounds like the USA to me.

woodNfish on June 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Commerce?

StevC on June 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Regarding Lugo’s status in the Catholic church, the BBC has the following,

Born in 1951, Mr Lugo became a priest in 1977, and served as a missionary in Ecuador for five years.

In 1992 he was appointed head of the Divine Word order in Paraguay. He was ordained a bishop in 1994, and then served for 10 years as the bishop of the poor region of San Pedro.

There, his support for landless peasants earned him the reputation of “bishop for the poor”.

He came to national prominence in March 2006 when he helped lead a big opposition rally in the capital, Asuncion.

He resigned from the priesthood in December that year, as the Paraguayan constitution prohibits ministers of any faith from standing as a political candidate.

The Vatican initially refused to accept his resignation, arguing that serving as a priest was a lifetime commitment and instead suspended him from his duties.

However, in July, Pope Benedict XVI granted Mr Lugo an unprecedented waiver to remove his clerical status.

Meantime, he’s got two paternity suits still pending.

Fausta Wertz on June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM