A Speech Given By Mitch Cummins in Honduras
Sunday, July 05 2009 @ 11:48 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
- Text of Speech Begins
- I moved here to Roatan because I loved what I saw here. Of course the island itself is beautiful – anyone can see that, but what struck me more than the natural beauty was the strength of the people. I saw a culture that was laid back and easy going on the surface, but had such a strong core. I believe that the culture here was one that allowed new people and new ideas to grow and blossom. The people here invite and encourage others to improve themselves as long as you move the island forward as well. I love that about Roatan and her people. I want to publicly thank all of the Hondurans and especially the people of Roatan for allowing me to become a part of your community. (more)
- As we all watched the events unfold over the last few months, I became concerned. At first I wasn’t seeing much opposition to what Mel wanted to do. First we saw ALBA ratified and then as we got closer to the “Cuardo Urna” vote on June 28, I was scared – REALLY SCARED. The last week or so before the “poll” I saw things begin to turn around. I started hearing not only the politicians and the judges and the attorneys talk against moving Honduras to be a puppet for Hugo Chavez I also started hearing common folks talk against it as well. But in the final couple of days before the “poll”, I was VERY impressed with what I saw. I think that the Honduran authorities handled a difficult situation very well.
- On Sunday, June 28, my phone rang a little before 7AM to tell me that Mel had been removed from office. I couldn’t believe it! I don’t have local TV at my house, so I got on the internet and started gathering as much information as possible. I have to tell you, that I had to be a horrible sight – just roused from my bed, sitting on my couch – hunched over my laptop, reading every piece of news I could find – and crying. Yes, I was shedding tears that morning. They were not tears of sadness – not even tears of joy. I was so proud of what I was seeing Hondurans doing, I couldn’t help myself. I’m not really a touchy-feely kind of guy, but I was so moved that I cried.
- Ladies and gentlemen of Honduras – in my opinion what your country did on Sunday was nothing short of a miracle. While the world is being very negative towards Honduras at the moment, they are just beginning to learn the truth about what happened and WHY things were done as they were. I’m not saying that mistakes weren’t made, but in that kind of a situation, you have to do what you think best and live with the consequences. The world will learn that what Honduras did was to maintain their democracy!
- As most of you know, I’m an American. I am fiercely proud of my country – usually. I have to tell you that I am embarrassed by my country’s response to Honduras so far. I thought that Obama’s initial statement was very good:
- “I am deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of President Mel Zelaya. As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference,”
- That was a good statement. He didn’t call anything illegal, he didn’t ask for anyone to be put back in office – he said “Hey, we’re concerned here, but it’s an internal Honduran issue and we all need to make sure that the rules of democracy are followed”. That’s nearly a perfect statement.
- But what followed, especially by Hillary Clinton, has been so wrong. They have since backed off some of the initial strong statements that she made. They’ve not pulled their ambassador; they’ve carefully not called the actions a coup – because if they call it a coup that will affect some of the foreign aid that Honduras receives from the United States. But they’ve not come around to backing what Honduras has done – YET.
- We are now seeing Senators and Congressmen speak out in favor of Honduras. One of the first and strongest voices came from Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen is originally from Cuba. She and her family fled the Communist regime of Fidel Castro. She KNOWS what it’s like to live in the type of system Mel had in mind. She has been a very vocal supporter of Latin American issues and serves as the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
- Here’s part of what the Congresswoman stated:
- "The U.S. and other responsible nations must render their full support to the efforts of those in Honduras who are standing up for freedom and defending democratic principles and institutions."
- Just this morning two other prominent politicians, Congressman Connie Mack also from Florida and Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina have issued similar statements. Senator DeMint said “Americans should support the Honduran people and their legitimate leaders in their brave and heroic stand for freedom and the rule of law.”
- Connie Mack said “Manuel Zelaya trampled the Honduran constitution by pushing for his illegal referendum to allow him to rule indefinitely, and by firing the top military official, Gen. Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, when he refused to comply with Zelaya’s unconstitutional orders”. He added “There is little doubt that Zelaya, in his blatant power grab, has moved Honduras down a dangerous path toward less freedom, less security, and less prosperity. … The United States and our allies in the region must now stand with the Honduran people to ensure the respect of freedom, the rule of law and democracy”.
- I must say, I’ve always liked Connie Mack’s blunt speaking habits. There’s never a doubt about what he thinks about a subject!
- Now THOSE are the types of responses that we need to be seeing from the US and the rest of the world. I have to believe that in the coming days as more and more of the world learns the truth of what happened, we will see more and more support from around the world.
- There’s one thing that you must know. The foreigner community of Roatan is standing right here with you. I think that I speak for all of us when I say that Honduras is doing something brave enough and strong enough that it should be held as an example for young democracies around the world.
- Tomorrow is July 4th. That day holds a very special meaning for Americans. That’s the day my country gained its independence 233 years ago. In the not too distant future, the world will recognize June 28, 2009 as the day Honduras cemented democracy and freedom into their history.
- VIVA DEMOCRACY!
- VIVA HONDURAS!
Hey! CNN - You Dumb Asses... My favorite photo in the slide show of photos taken at this rally was of the poster that says "Hey CNN - This Is NOT A Rally In Favor of Mel (Zelaya)." In other words, you've been blowing it in your coverage, guys, and you don't have a clue. Zelaya is supposed to be flying back to Honduras today, and according to him he will be accompanied by "several" presidents of other countries. I expect he will be arrested upon arrival, no matter who is with him. True to form, he's overestimating his political position and underestimating the resolve of the Honduran people to be rid of him. He's counting on International pressure to force him back into office, and I am almost 100% certain his efforts will fail. I can only hope there will be no bloodshed today in Honduras. Hopefully, Zelaya will be peacefully taken into custody and he will be held in prison until his trial for the myriad of charges against him. Fine, if he doesn't want to live in freedom after having been expelled from the country, then he can live for the rest of his life in a prison cell in Honduras. Works for me. Eventually he will be found guilty of some kind of drug trafficking or money laundering charges, and he will probably end up in a cell in Miami next to Manuel Noriega. Hey, at least no US soldiers have had to die in order to remove this particular piece of crap from office.
Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.