316 Bradford Place
Bordentown NJ 08505
His Excellency Mr. George Bush
President of the United States
Washington, DC 20515.
Although I doubt my correspondence will reach your hands, so tight the security around your person is and must be, I take anyway the initiative to write this letter to you concerning a matter that you personally take to heart and which is of prime importance for the people you represent. Your function of president of the oldest democracy of the New World entitles you to have a word on democracy wherever it is threatened by chronic malevolence against mankind evolution.
I believe - should you falter to be a good president for the world - you are at least a great president for the United States of America and as such, you are sensitive to the fact that whenever and wherever democracy is in danger, the world
safety is in peril and consequently United States - no matter how militarily strong it is - is also in danger by the phenomenon according to which when the nose is hurt the eyes inevitably cry.
I am a Citizen of Haiti residing in the United States with my family, but conceptually and by choice I am citizen of the world, and as citizen of the world parodying Mr. John Fitzgerald Kennedy I always ask myself what I could enterprise to present mankind’s adversity before the tribunal of human conscience.
Recently a political crisis has perturbed in its essence the most sensible democratic experience the Haitian people has ever lived: the election of a president through collective suffrage. The right to vote was for the first time in honor, and people has loudly spoken in the name of democracy. I wouldn’t take the initiative to insinuate US involvement in our political hardship, nevertheless the chaotic resurgence that resulted at the aftermath of President Aristide’s ousting needs the political resol
ution of the most powerful nation of the world to help prevent the worse that could happen to a small nation searching its way through uncertainty. I understand this is a Haitian dilemma that can be only solved by Haitians, but we are a member of an International Community and the world as a body suffers when the least of its constituent is hurt.
As president of a proven democracy, I don’t need to introduce to you the fact that democracy is in danger in my native Haiti as it is all over the world. If terrorists have the nerves to attack the heart of the world as they did on September 11 2001, nothing is left to humans as hope and no place on the globe is safe. As you were prompted to debark American soldiers in Iraq to signify to whoever shows no respect for human lives that you mean business against any form of aggression to democracy, I’d like to humbly urge you to spend a little more salutary reflections on the fate of democracy in Haiti. It was great of you to prove to builders of weapons of mass d
estruction that the world deserves better than their disdainful and destructive autocracy, prove as well that democratic pursuit all abroad is in your government agenda.
Haiti is a small country with a great history. Its citizens want to survive with dignity and in peace the trials of existence. So manifest and essential is democracy to its surge for survival. The destiny of that nation - small but with a great heart – has been ceaselessly shaky. The solution is not in the removal of a president who could be a good president if the status quo against democracy wasn’t constantly on the move to debase, persecute, assassinate the characters of those who stand for a change, to annihilate the surge of those who cry that it is in effect time for the things to adjust to mankind’s happiness, for misfortunes to succumb for the glory of Men on earth.
In the impossibility to urge you to stand for a man or for the Haitian people, I’d like to implore you to stand for democracy, for the survival of the first
black Republic in the world, the second free nation of the new world after the United States, and for the glory of mankind without making allusion to trade and industry, to geopolitical location, or to the exclusive interest of the United States.
In this perspective, you will be the dignified follower of George Washington who surely knew how to use government as source of power to change things around and of Abraham Lincoln who has made of government, a servant of democracy, a field of blossoming humility to put money and supremacy in view of the rehabilitation of the humblest ones. You have made history before the tribunal of History by your firm stands against terrorism, please make history by rendering the Haitian people’s aspiration to democracy through economic development a permanent and definitive one.
As Alexis de Tocqueville has already acknowledged without flattery, but with the sense of the contribution of the early United States in the world’s response to calamities” America is gre
at because America is good”. Your reaction to the excellence of your presidential duty will be your testimony before posterity, and you’ll be able to visualize the praise of Universal History as the one who has irreversibly changed world Historical structure by definitely helping to implant democracy wherever it stays a refractory expectation.
Good bless you Mr. President.
This letter was sent to President Bush through Devry University By Ms. Madelyn Hoffman and through Congressman the Honorable Michael Ferguson