This is a blog page based on a research I did for my History of the Americas class. Although it was originally for a class, I had fun researching various data bases for specific information and became interested in Simon Bolivar's ideas. Here is brief outline of Bolivar's Ideas. Any History students who need a good review of Bolivar's ideas may find this helpful.

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Bolivar's Ideas

According to the Message to the Congress of Angostura written by Bolivar in 1819, Simon de Bolivar believed that the British system of government was a better model for Latin America. In the land of Spanish Latin America resides a “mixed species of aborigines and Spaniards” who are neither fully Spanish nor American. These Latin Americans are in a delicate situation, struggling to “maintain [themselves] in the country that gave birth to [them] against the opposition of the invaders”. Thus far, the role of Latin America has been to remain passive and to support its mother country – Spain – with all its resources while continuing to fully conform to the Spanish rule. Latin America has been “strictly...political existence nil... [and thus] have been placed in a state lower than slavery”. In order to establish “proper morals...practice virtue...and liberty” Bolivar states that Lain America must adopt the British form of government.

Latin American national representation is divided into two chambers- that of the Representatives and the Senate - similar to that of the British Parliament. Therefore “nothing in [the] fundamental laws [of Latin America] would have to be altered” for Latin America to adopt a similar legislative system to the British Parliament – a law making body that “legally and properly represent[s]” the citizens. If the Senate of Latin America was hereditary, like that of the British, “rather than elective”, like that of the United States, it would “be the basis, the tie, the very soul of [the Latin American] republic. The establishment of a hereditary law making body like the Parliament would bring about a “counterweight [power] to both government and people; and as a neutral power it will weaken the mutual attacks of these two eternally rival powers”.

In addition to the proper balance attained through the hereditary senate, an executive power - like that of the British - would prescribe “national happiness”. A president, chosen by the people, will be aided by the Constitution and by his ministers to govern justly. Following the British example, the Latin American government will achieve social order, peace and justice with a “strongly proportioned... government”.