Liberal Democrats have a pattern of supporting dictators who had been democratically elected against any coup d'etat or even peaceful, constitutional overthrow, even though these dictators are often anti-American and are sometimes even supportive of terrorism.
Liberal Democratic United States President Bill Clinton insisted that anti-American leftist Jean Baptiste Aristide be returned to power in
Haiti after he had
been overthrown. Aristide’s second overthrow
during the presidency of George W. Bush was opposed by liberals. Some of them criticized Bush for not restoring
Liberal Democrats also criticized Bush for not opposing the coup attempt against socialist anti-American terrorist-sponsoring dictator Hugo Chavez in
in his reign, as Chavez’s increasing authoritarianism was already becoming
Liberal Democrats also opposed the constitutional removal from office of the Chavist would-be dictator in
after he had attempted to amend the Constitution to extend his rule, in the
style of Chavez. President Barack Obama,
another liberal Democrat, sanctioned the Honduran government, which respected
liberty and representative government.
Obama opposed the coup attempt against the Islamist government of
I should also note Obama had opposed the military coup against the Islamist government of
which had come to power through a revolution and which was becoming
increasingly authoritarian. Although it
has been replaced by an authoritarian government, at least it is not Islamist
and is an ally against terrorism.
Even though a leader is elected democratically, he can erode liberty and become a dictator, often gradually, whether or not the people desire a dictatorship. The process of how such a usurper takes power is irrelevant to whether or not he is a dictator; his election does not make him any less dictatorial. If he retains power through a subsequent election, his rule is still not legitimate because it is already compromised by his authoritarianism. There have long been historical examples of such democratically-elected dictators, such as Napoleon of France and Adolph Hitler of
but the lesson, like many in history, seems lost on liberals who emphasize the process of coming to power over the misuse of power and emphasize the will of the people over liberty.
The historical lesson from the rise of dictators who had been elected democratically means that it can even happen to the