Reader’s Letter: Country St. Maarten must be of St. Maarten heritage

POSTED: 06/17/11 2:23 PM

Dear Editor,

If you want to build a country, you first need to understand who is a St. Maartener and not who is considered a St. Maartener. Use your government register and cadastre which was mostly maintain by your Democratic Party for the last 55 years and the answer to who is a St. Maartener is in your hands. In short you will see people of St. Maarten heritage. If I have to explain the word heritage to you, I will gladly do so.

Heritage does not mean naturalized or even born here. Heritage means things inherited from the past, be it land, culture, property and/or practices that are handed down from the past by tradition from your ancestors. All those wannabes who do not know who is St. Maartener are people who knows they are not of St. Maarten heritage. They have Dutch nationality but are not of St. Maarten Heritage. They are all welcome to be a part of country St. Maarten as long they understand they must respect people of St. Maarten heritage and culture. If you have the guts to, reject people like William Marlin, Roy Marlin, George Panthophlet and Leroy Deweever which are people who do not believe in born here and rights for people of St. Maarten Heritage. These are the anti St. Maarten legislators which I promise the people I will name.

If you, Honorable Prime Minister, defend your own St. Maarten heritage, which you are a real St. Maartener, state that the definition of a St. Maartener are people of St. Maarten heritage. I promise & guarantee you; you will become a national hero. You will display more courage and St. Maarten values than any other man in the Parliament or Council of Ministers. That will definitely make you prime minister again. The choice is yours.

Wherever we go, and wherever we are, let us always take pride in our nation. Let us take pride in the Land of the Brave. Let us take pride in our history of St. Maarten, in our St. Maarten culture and St. Maarten traditions.  These should be the foundations upon which we can build a stronger and secure nation, a country which all people of St. Maarten heritage would be proud to call home. We have about 150 nationalities here, which are welcome to join us, but they must understand that St. Maarten heritage and St. Maarten culture is the norm. For example, Japan isn’t a country which makes its inhabitants Japanese, but the country Japan is founded upon the Japanese culture and ethnicity. The people define what Japan the state is.

More importantly, a nationalist works for the betterment of their nation, for its evolution, its cultural growth, its well being, prosperity and sustainability. One cannot improve their own home if they don’t admit there is room for improvement. Nationalism is often associated with an unwavering national pride, with a love of country, of their nation and unquestionable loyalty. Strong feelings of patriotism, which would be more accurately, termed strong feelings of allegiance, and love to people of St. Maarten heritage. Nationalism states that a country is defined by the very people who founded it, and that it is an organic entity. In St. Maarten’s case, people of St. Maarten heritage. So a nationalist can be thought of in a strict sense, as one who holds the belief that the nation (in the literal sense) is the most appropriate basis for building political entities on. More importantly, a nationalist works for the betterment of their nation, for its evolution, its cultural growth, its well being, prosperity and sustainability. In St. Maarten that is promoting people of St. Maarten’s heritage, culture and values.

You cannot demand patriotism, as if it were a switch that could be flicked. You must work toward building a nation that people can be proud of, that they feel attachment to. Our country is for our people, for ourselves, just as we believe that every other peoples of the planet should have a place they can call home, that they can be proud of. My motto is “be a real patriot & love people of St. Maarten heritage, duty, and honor country”. God bless the people of St. Maarten, their heritage and all people living in St. Maarten.

Unity must begin with our own before we can unite with other cultures. Mrs. Prime Minister the road to be elected prime minister for another term will be the courage to make the right decision of who is a St. Maartener. This issue will make or break any and every politician in government today. But the dagger is on you, many times. I do not agree with you but believe me when I say, I am glad that a lady of St. Maarten Heritage was our first prime minister. Now finish fulfilling your duty to your own heritage or else you will become a traitor. I pray that God give you the courage to make the right and moral decision.

Yours truly,

Miguel Arrindell

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