Reader’s Letter: The importance of native people being in the constitution

POSTED: 07/13/11 12:18 PM

Dear Editor,

Constitutions often start with a preamble and some provisions about what defines the specific state. The foundational part reflects the identity of the political community. Therefore, it frequently refers to historical events, specifies the symbolism of the country, and appeals to a traditional understanding of the constitution as a nation-building enterprise.

According to the three-element-definition, a state is constituted by a people within a specific territory ruled by a sovereign power. The constitution always defines the necessary instruments of that power and most often contains some reference to the people and to territorial integrity.

National identity (Native People) is the person’s identity and sense of belonging to one state or to one nation, a feeling one shares with a group of people, regardless of one’s citizenship status. Identity, also called sameness, is whatever makes an entity definable and recognizable.

National identity is not an inborn trait. Various studies have shown that a person’s national identity is a direct result of the presence of elements from the “common points” in people’s daily lives: national symbols, language, national colors, the nation’s history, national consciousness, blood ties, culture, music, cuisine, radio and television.

A constitution is a set of rules that dictates how citizens live together, including defense of its sovereignty, the role of its government etc. Without a constitution it would be the Wild West again. Every aspect and institution of human civilization requires some form of government to prevent injustice and maintain order. People need boundaries. The healthiest, happiest children are those with clear boundaries. Citizens are subject to the laws of the land in which they reside. Property is secured with boundaries. Armies and business organizations are subject to internal and external rules of order and discipline.

A Harvard professor said this: “A nation without a heritage is easily persuaded.” Any genuine solution must involve helping the people rediscover who they are and what set them apart as a people and as a nation.

The national identity of most citizens of one country or one nation tends to strengthen when the country or the nation is threatened. In St. Maarten’s case native people of St. Maarten are becoming extinct. The sense of belonging to the nation is essential as an external threat becomes clearer.

Yours truly,

Miguel Arrindell

The Patriot 

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