“Viva the Virgin of Guadalupe! Viva America for which we will fight!” ”— Miguel Hidalgo, cited by José Mancisidor in his “Hidalgo, Morelos and Guerrero.”
Viva la libertad!
Viva la independencia!
With these words, spoken with all the strength of his convictions and social commitments, Miguel Hidalgo, a priest and university rector from Dolores, Guanajuato, aware that his life was the price of freedom, entered to Mexico’s and the world’s history, accompanied by Captain Ignacio Allende, Queretaro’s Corregidora, Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Jimenez and Aldama; in that moment, the War for Independence, the abolition of slavery and the attention to the natives’ claim began.
Indeed, that Sept. 16, 1810, we simply stated: stop slavery, exploitation and colonial dependence. Today Mexicans everywhere and anywhere, remember with emotion and gratitude that stellar moment in our history. As was stated by Jose Maria Morelos: “We must honor Hidalgo’s proclaim (Grito), the Dolores’ proclaim.”
Effectively, honoring those who participated in Dolores, Guanajuato, the night of the 15th and morning of Sept. 16, 1810, make us aware of the origin of the precursors of the independence struggle: Yanga and the afro-mexicans in Veracruz; the Nayar Indians, and the creoles of Morelia and Guadalajara, as well as the Council of the City of Mexico and Counselor Primo de Verdad.
They were many and became more, all across the American continent. No more dependence on anyone, not on England or Holland, Portugal or much less on Spain. Let’s continue listening vigorously to the liberty bells of Philadelphia and Dolores.
In our time, the ideal of independence came along with concepts such as sovereignty, integration and cooperation with a new content of collaboration in economic, commercial, cultural and scientific affairs. Relationships are now between sister-countries, not between colonies and their metropolis; in them, the respect for human, ecologic and outdoor space rights are respected as well as the intellectual property.
The defense of the integrity of persons also includes respect for individuality and social belonging, and specially the respect for their human right to transit around the planet without persecution, threats or neo exploitations.
Also, now we correlate the fight against crime, diseases and poverty with the universal rights of work, health and a decent life.
Women, men and nations have the right to vote and be voted democratically in their countries and in multilateral organizations like the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
In America, the continent of freedom and independence, the New World of religious respect, which originated with the conquest of land and men, which was enriched by settler families from all over..., must now respect — always must have had — the right for integration without abuses or stripping the original groups of Nahuas, Mayans, Aztecs, Inuit, Redskins, Shoshones, Blackheads and brothers of Africa and the Caribbean.
Long life to the heroes who gave us motherland and our freedom, culture and technology to progress. And if in the past those first decisions were about fighting for respect and claiming the land of the original natives, let’s strongly avoid the cause of humanity to tarnish by new desires of power and wealth, excluding our brothers and sisters.
Long life to the nowadays heroes of the United States and our dear and noble Mexico, as they have the conviction of fighting poverty and looking for peace among men and nations.
Today we continue the transformation of Mexico as convened by the President Enrique Peña Nieto, and as proposed by Morelos in his proclamations ... “Also solemnize September 16th every year, as the anniversary in which the voice of Independence rose and our holy Freedom began; always remembering the merit of the greatest hero Don Miguel Hidalgo and his mate Ignacio Allende.”
Viva Sept. 16, 1810 and 2015!
Celso Humberto Delgado Ramirez is the consul of Mexico to Idaho.