Obama has Become America’s Zelaya

President Obama has decided to play the emperor and make an executive order on immigration which tramples federal laws – laws which are not immoral, unjust, or unconstitutional. By doing this, the President has flaunted and flouted the authority of Congress and is behaving as a scofflaw.

Americans would do well to remember that Obama attacked the lesser magistrates of Honduras five years ago when Jose Zelaya, the President of Honduras, attempted to trample the constitution and federal laws of that nation through executive order. The Honduran Attorney General, the Senate, the Supreme Court, and military leaders all stood in defiance of Zelaya’s act of tyranny.

Yet, President Obama and many other socialist government leaders from around the world, lined up against these magistrates. They threatened them with economic destruction in an attempt to get them to capitulate and give up their sovereignty and freedom. They tried to make examples of them lest any other upstart nations get the idea to preserve their Constitution and liberty from tyrants.

Though the whole world of socialist leaders tried to ostracize them, these Honduran lesser magistrates were brave men who stood and did not waver.

Here is a short account of what these men did in their nation when their President tried to make himself a god and play the Emperor.

When President Zelaya initially took office, he swore, “I promise to be faithful to the Republic and to obey and make others obey the Constitution and the laws.”

Zelaya however, with his Council of Ministers (his Cabinet Council), produced the Executive Decree PCM-005-2009 in early 2009 which had the ultimate goal of summoning a National Constituent Assembly to make a new Constitution, which would allow the elimination of the “Articulos Petreos”, an act that was unconstitutional and is considered as a crime of “Treason to the Country.”

The Attorney General began a judicial action that ended with a decree prohibiting the consultation, as this was improper behavior by the Executive Power. The Attorney General publicly warned that the President’s behavior and that of his advisors was illegal.

The President then, again with his Council of Ministers, emitted Executive Decree PCM-019-2009 which annulled the previous Executive Decree, and which ordered that a national referendum would take place on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in which the following question would be asked: “Are you in favor with the addition of a fourth voting box in the general elections of 2009, in which the people will decide on the summon of a National Constituent Assembly?”

The Honduran Supreme Court ruled that the referendum violated the Constitution. President Zelaya moved forward anyway, and on June 24th he fired military General Romeo Vasquez when he refused Zelaya’s order to distribute ballots for the June 28th referendum. The Supreme Court ruled that Vasquez should be reinstated, but Zelaya would not do it, and proceeded with the illegal referendum.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal and the General Attorney of State began legal actions to confiscate the referendum’s material and named the Air Force Chief as depositary of the confiscated items.

The President and a mob of his followers however, broke the Order of Legality, rejected the resolution by the Judicial Power, and assaulted the Air Force facilities in Tegucigalpa where the confiscated materials were being kept. Zelaya misused his authority as President of Honduras; publicly expressed that he would not respect the rulings of the Judicial Power, and put forward that the legislative power was not representative of the people, but believed he spoke for the people as he had been elected president of Honduras.

A multi-party commission named by Congress to investigate the President concluded that Zelaya had violated Honduran law. That commission asked Congress to declare him unfit to govern and to begin a legal process of impeachment.

The Honduran Senate passed a resolution declaring that the President had violated the Constitution on eighteen counts. It petitioned the Honduran Supreme Court to issue an arrest order to stop Zelaya from continuing with the violations.

The Armed Forces of Honduras was directed to seize Zelaya, and re-establish order and legality. The National Congress then followed the constitutional process established in Article 242 of the Honduran Constitution, regarding the succession of the President in case of a definite absence.

In conclusion, the Honduran lesser magistrates simply took action against Zelaya’s tyranny, as they had a God-given duty to do. These lesser magistrates accomplished a bloodless resolution, even though the leftists, socialists, and statists did everything they could to cause bloodshed by their usual tactics of agitation, violence, masked faces, and intimidation.

In our arrogance, Americans often think they are above the political wrangling of some third-world country like Honduras, but as the rule of law continues to crumble in our country – people will increasingly see the need to take a stand against unbridled tyranny. The separation of powers, lawful authority, and the doctrine of the lesser magistrates provides the means whereby a proper and just stand can be made.

Matthew Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church (MercySeat.net) and author of the book The Doctrine of The Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Response to Tyranny and A Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government (http://LesserMagistrate.com). He and his wife, Clara, have eleven children and reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.