Saturday :: Apr 16, 2005

It Won't Happen Here

by pessimist

Unlike the people of the United States of Somnambulism, citizens in other countries really do care about what happens in their nations. Take Ecuador, for example:

Crisis hits Ecuador

Quito - After three days of growing street marches demanding his ouster, President Lucio Gutierrez dissolved the Supreme Court and declared a state of emergency in Quito in a bid to keep protests under control and find a solution to a deepening political crisis. The state of emergency placed the military in charge of public order and suspended individual rights, including the right to free expression and public assembly. His political foes immediately labelled the measure the act of a dictator.

Despite the restrictions on public meetings, tens of thousands of Quito's residents poured into the streets to protest the measure, shouting that Gutierrez, a cashiered army colonel before his election in 2002, was a dictator. Street protests began on Wednesday night and increased in numbers until at least 10 000 people - banging pots and sticks and shouting "Get out, Lucio!" - were marching in the streets as Gutierrez made his announcement.

The court crisis was set in motion in November when the former justices sided with opposition politicians in a failed effort to impeach Gutierrez on corruption charges. Gutierrez then assembled a bloc of 52 lawmakers in the 100-seat unicameral Congress, which voted in December to remove the judges and appoint new ones. Constitutional experts said the vote was unconstitutional.

Surprisingly, the current illegitimate government of the United States had an interesting view on this situation!

Ecuador declares state of emergency

It was the second time Ecuador's Supreme Court has been fired in four months.

In December, a short-lived pro-government congressional majority dismissed an earlier court at the behest of Gutierrez, who argued it wasbiased against him. The opposition accused him of behaving like a dictator and the president's attempts to end the subsequent congressionaldeadlock failed.

Protests grew louder when the new president of the Supreme Court, named by pro-government legislators, threw out corruption chargesagainst a key Gutierrez ally, Abdala Bucaram. This allowed the former president to return from eight years of exile in Panama earlier in April.

The United States and the United Nations both expressed concern about government interference with the courts and Gutierrez lost hiscongressional majority, delaying key economic legislation.

The political crisis has reawakened memories of popular unrest that has led to the overthrow of two Ecuadorean presidents since 1997.

Gutierrez himself served jail time for leading an attempted coup in 2000. He was elected in late 2002 with support from the poor majority, but has alienated many supporters by negotiating with the International Monetary Fund and pursuing austere economic policies.

What this means in simple Red State 'Mer'kin

Ecuador's Gutierrez violated the trust placed in him by the majority of the people when he sold them out to the IMF and the World Bank, and they turn out in the streets in the thousands to express their displeasure. Such isn't being seen in the US of S!

After the major back-stabs of the permanent estate tax cuts and the bankruptcy bill, Americans are glued to their TVs watching whatever sport tickles their macho self-image.

Sports are too important not to be watched while the Congress and the White House aren't important enough.

A lady asked Dr. Franklin 'Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?'. 'A republic' replied the Doctor 'if you can keep it.' ”
- from the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention. (via Barletby's)

We, the Somnambulist People of the United States, surrendered this republic by doing nothing in December of 2000 - in direct contrast to the people of Ecuador today - when the governance of the United States was stolen by the cabal now in place. We are every bit the dictatorship that King George has long desired.

Can it get any easier?

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