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... cause severe damage to the integrity of their political system as a whole. It seems as though this real incident is supposed to show us how easy it could be to have our own country 's fate suffer from the same problem of divided government. Trying to compare a coup in Honduras to gridlock in Washington seems like a weak comparison. One of the main arguments Yglesias points out is how the military was forced to intervene causing all sorts of chaos. This example is supposed to show us a real life example of what can happen when political discourse reaches a breaking point, however in our governing system we have the Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the federal government from using our conventional military branches to enforce the will of our federal government officials. It seems like in our political system performing any kind of coup would be extremely unlikely.
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