A Pox on Both Houses: Honduras Edition
My Honduras post the other day (which, I swear, was not asking a merely rhetorical question) drew some, err, strong reactions. But regardless of what position you take on the situation, I highly recommend reading GWU Law Prof. David Fontana over at TNR. The piece concludes by noting:
There is an irony here. In the recent past, American political conservatives have (with some exceptions, such as in the area of gun rights) defended the prerogatives of democratic majorities in the face of supposed constitutional limitations (think of their opposition to Roe at the federal level or decisions legalizing gay marriage at the state level). By contrast, it has been political liberals (again, with some exceptions) who have defended the importance of anti-majoritarian devices like judicial review. In other words, in the inherent tension between liberalism and democracy that characterizes any free society, Republicans have erred more on the side of pure democracy, while Democrats have erred more on the side of liberalism and rights.
The Zelaya debate has flipped this dynamic….All of which leads to at least one clear conclusion: The search for easy heroes and villains in Honduras might be harder than anyone wants to believe.