Leopold James in his State of the grassroots St. Martin nation address: “Politicians have abandoned and de facto betrayed us”

POSTED: 12/28/12 12:58 PM

FRIAR’S BAY, St. Martin – “We end the year with mixed feelings; there were some positive developments but they were overshadowed by negative and depressing developments for our people,” said drs. Leopold James in his state of the grassroots St. Martin nation-address yesterday morning at the Mango-Eco project in Friar’s Bay.

The grassroots movement named as its top five persons of the year Stephane de Robert (of breakfast with De Robert on PJD2 radio), Todd Peterson (pensioner and frequent letter-to-the-editor writer), Christopher Emmanuel (internet broadcasting studio St. Martintalk), dancer Nicole de Weever and Governor Eugene Holiday.

On the plus side, James mentioned in his address Governor Eugene Holiday and Culture Minister Silveria Jacobs “for speaking out publicly about the importance of St. Martin heritage.”  Other positive developments are the nation building jollification, the start of the  radio-program Under the Sandbox-tree that focuses on preserving the St. Martin dialect, and the revival of the boy scouts and the Methodist bboys’brigade in Marigot. “These are very inspiring trends because they contribute towards discipline, respect and instilling a sense of pride and dignity in our youngsters.”

James furthermore commended the St. Maarten Pride Foundation, the Seaside Nature Park, the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation and the (French) Cul de Sac fish day. James says that SOS radio had become the “social engine for winds of positive change” and he commended owner Billy D for his “vision and passion.”
James commemorated the departure of “friend, fellow soldier and soul-brother” Eldridge van Putten who passed away at his home in Rambaud on Friday, July 13.

On the downside, James noted that the St. Martin people “are far worse off than ever before” since the constitutional change in 2010. “The same politicians who enticed us with the promise that we would be able to take much better care of ourselves have abandoned and de facto betrayed us. Governments and politicians on the entire island continue to recognize the trumped up rights of especially illegal immigrants and they have accepted the imported cultures of lawlessness into our society.”

James pointed out that deportation of illegals “seems to have become something of the past” thereby “increasingly creating the image of an over-populated lawless society.”

He severely criticized the French-side welfare system, saying it is “the main cause for family and societal degradation, senseless and explosive birth rates and the advent of a completely new and alien breed of youngsters, some label as good Friday eggs. These are kids created solely and purposely to allow single mothers to qualify for social welfare money.”

James added that the abuse of this welfare system comes “mainly from illegal immigrants, mainly from the Hispanolia peninsula.”

James also sees this as the root cause for the emergence of street gangs, “one of the most dangerous social phenomenon ever created in St. Martin.” He added that these youngsters “lack a basic understanding of norms and values, have no conscience whatsoever and lack a strong sense of identity and belonging.”

As examples of what he labeled “the abyss of lawlessness” James mentioned “the performing of witchcraft, open air sacrificial rituals, parties with noisy music, intimidating neighborhoods and the phenomenon of gipsy-drivers.”

James repeated his well-known stance on “cultural genocide by substitution.” But, he added, “Let there be no misunderstanding that we are determined to fight for the survival and for the ancestral and civic rights of our own St, Martin people. We will do this with passion and intellectual creativity.”

James referred to the broad-based committee his organization set up to issue cultural ID-cards and to ask organizations to recognize the card and grant its holders certain privileges.

He also packed a warning in his address: “We advise those in authority not to believe that they can create any development or nation building plans without recognizing native indigenous St. Martiners in the constitution and without allowing them to play the key role in all these developments.”

James also announced that he would organize hearings “to allow for our leaders to give account as to why and how, under their leadership, St. Martiners have become marginalized to the point of their very existence being threatened.”

Another message was for our French neighbors: “We will engage with the state of France to inform the state about the impossible consequences of its indiscriminate social welfare policies.”

Furthermore, James said, “We will look forward to assist local authorities in educating and empowering our people and especially immigrants about their personal responsibilities, the importance of family-planning and of respecting our St. Martin culture and heritage.”

Lastly, James said  that one of the grassroots movement top priorities for 2013 “will be to come up with a creative concept to revive our local economy.”

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