I think we can learn a lesson right now from what is going on in Honduras. Here, in the United States of America, we live by rule of law. It is how we maintain, sort of, a capitalist society. People must not be allowed to use force on anybody else. The laws we have were created to prevent any one person or majority from doing as they pleased to the minority. Created as it was, the republic was to stop tyranny by majority. Even James Madison, father of the Constitution, said about democracy “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.”
With the current administration, the government is doing just that. They believe, and have said so, that since they are the majority, they can do whatever they damn well please. When questioned about Republican criticism of his plans, President Obama said, basically, we won so shut up.
What really kills me is that there are many Americans on both sides of the aisle that say, “yep. He’s right.” No, he’s not. He needs to follow the rule of law like anyone else. He only has certain, enumerated powers according to the Constitution. Too many of the opposition even thinks that since he won he can do what he pleases. But that’s not what capitalists are all about.
How does all of this relate to Honduras? I’m glad you asked. To recap, the president of Honduras was trying to change the rules so he could run the country for longer than he was supposed to be allowed. The country’s constitution was being threatened by one man who was trying to take more power than it was supposed to have. That sounds familiar.
Then, the supreme court of Honduras issued a court order to have President Zelaya detained and removed from office, as they are constitutionally obliged to do. The military carried out this order with no violence involved. It was exactly as a civilized society should do. But the socialist leaders of the world, including Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama, claimed that something was terribly wrong even though nothing, really, was.
“Oh my goodness! This man was elected by the people! His will should be done no matter what!” they say. Not true. He, like our own president, has no right to expand his power unconstitutionally. There is no reason a free nation should be backing away from the situation and even, as many have, support the ousted ruler. In fact, we should be supporting the courts and the laws that helped create a free nation there.
Obviously, there are some pitfalls that must be avoided. If our executive branch was strong, yet compassionate to the free people of Honduras, it would support the non-violent move while issuing warnings that they would only be supported if they continued to do things the peaceful way, the interim president steps down as he says and new elections are held. Everything can be done peacefully and correctly. The socialist leaders of the world support Zelaya because many of them took their power by doing the exact same things. They eliminated term limits. They then give things away and let the majority rule and take what they want from the minority.
What lessons should we learn? We should learn that massive expansion of powers to one branch of our government is a bad thing. It is supported by bad people because that’s how bad people become tyrants. We want to avoid mob rule disguised as social justice. No, I don’t support a military coup or anything like that. I just support the American citizens becoming wise and not being dumb enough to support those who want to take freedoms from us. We are by no means at the same scary point as Honduras, but we want to stop ourselves before we get there.