Activismo y cambio de conciencia social
Tuesday December 12th 2017

To the people of the United States

James Madison, the "Father of the Consitution" of the U.S.

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James Madison (1751-1836) was the fourth president of the United States. But, beyond this, Madison was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of this country and is considered the “Father of the Constitution”, a most advanced Constitution, cutting-edge for its time, in which half of the world could still find a model.

Few days ago I found a quote from this great man, a quote which shocked me deeply because it is an indication of how far the rulers and the great economic powers of this great country have lost their roles and have betrayed the very high principles which its founders established in the hope of making a more just and peaceful world.

James Madison said an April 20nd, 1795:

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war. . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

I imagine that more than one person in the Hispanic world will be surprised, as I was surprised, with words like these from James Madison, because we are accustomed to seeing the great giant of the north as an imperial power that acts ruthlessly with every smaller opponent. But a deeper study of the thought of the Founding Fathers of the United States would show us all, including Americans, that the subsequent ruling classes, financial powers and large American corporations soon betrayed those great men who they so much name and quote, and say they feel so proud.

I imagine that these great men have stirred more than once in their graves seeing what their successors were doing with the great legacy they left them.

Paradoxically, having said Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” of the United States, “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare”, successive U.S. governments have devoted themselves to the continuing practice of war across the world, most times without taking breath to keep their armies quiet and peaceful. So, little by little, the American people are losing their freedom, as predicted James Madison.

Who really rules America? Obviously not their presidents, who are just (consciously or unconsciously) elected puppets in the hands of the immense financial and business power (war machine) of some men who seek to dominate the entire planet, and who Norman Mailer in The Armies of the Night, defined as the villains of corporations who today were destroying the promise of present with their pharisaism and greed and secret craving (often unknown to themselves) for some sex-technological variant of neo-fascism”.

(According to Mailer’s words, perhaps we could start seeing neo-liberalism as an economic fascism that employs to achieve its objectives the dictatorship of the market, in which people have no voice or vote.)

But not all the people of the United States support this state of affairs. There are many, many, who renounce what their leaders and their financiers are doing. If something can be placed on this large segment of its population is that they didn’t make themselves heard more in their own country.

Perhaps it is time that you, American friends who are for justice, peace, solidarity and sustainability of our planet, put yourselves where you can be easily seen, in the streets, as you did in the 60’s and 70’s, when you stopped that excruciating war in Vietnam, when you put in place to Nixon and other shameless people who dared to step on the higher rungs of your country.

Perhaps it is time you tell loud and clear to your political representatives and your business and financial leaders that you are fed up with them; that you are tired of cannot be proud of your great nation because of so much injustice and destruction as they are spreading around the world.

And know that, from around the world, you will find the support of hundreds of thousands, millions of people who think like you, who also want a better world, who want justice, sustainability, solidarity and non-violence, who have always kept secretly the hope that the new world we dreamed may be born in the shadow of the obelisk of the Washington Monument, or on the steps of Lincoln Memorial…

Was not there where Martin Luther King spoke of that dream we all envision when listening to him?

“I have a dream.”

We all have that dream… and we will have to fight for it.


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