Opinion by St. Martin Grassroots People Movement
Ever since the Dutch Minister Of Overseas Affairs and Kingdom Relations, Mr. Ronald Plasterk, issued an instruction for the screening of the new ministers for St. Maarten to the Governor of St. Maarten, the island finds itself in a state of pandemonium.
To be clear however and judging from comments and reactions coming from bloggers and from the working-class people, it appears that this very far-reaching measure from the Dutch Government mainly has its effects on politicians, who seem to be very nervous, upset and scrambling for cover, sympathy and popular support.
In other words, while particularly the politicians and their political ‘operatives’, are the ones screaming the loudest about colonialism, racism and of ‘fighting back’ – the ‘man and woman on the street’, are much more neutral, if not outright open-minded to and in favor of the decision by the Dutch to ‘intervene’ in the screening process in order to stamp out nepotism, corruption and the like.
As far as our St. Martin Grassroots People Movement is concerned – what is happening now, was a long time in coming and was predicted on so many occasions by us as well.
But then again, who was interested in what we have been saying for some 30 odd years now ?
Certainly not those screaming the loudest – our ‘honorable’ politicians.
And while in recent times, our movement had decided to simply let events take their course, so that people and politicians would be forced to realize that the island is on a collision course – in the midst of this ‘melee’, we were contacted by a number of politicians from various political parties, looking forward to us giving them support against the Dutch instruction on the new screening measures for ministers.
For this reason, we have decided to publicly address the powers that are – of the following and hope it will suffice – for now.
The St. Martin Grassroots People Movement will – at this time – not get involved in any actions against the decision of the Dutch to give instructions to the Governor on the screening process.
For the record.
Our decision not to get involved against the ‘Dutch’ under the current circumstances is NOT based on our movement being ‘pro-Dutch’.
Whosoever – for their own agenda – would want to believe otherwise – such will not be our concern.
The records all show unequivocally, that we have always been – an independently-minded, non-partisan, non-racial, non- national, very outspoken, 100% pro- grassroots St. Martin People Movement – without apologies – to be clear.
Many times, we have been the proverbial ‘lone wolf in the desert’ – a position we felt very comfortably with, as a matter of fact for the simple reason that we passionately believe in our vision and mission for this island.
Therefore, our movement, is not one that can easily – if at all – be fooled, intimidated, coerced and manipulated into thinking that the ‘Dutch’ – or any other people for that matter – are the real problem for the native, indigenous St. Martin people and for the country in general.
They are NOT – our own ignorance, lack of principles, lack of knowledge of- and love for ‘Self’ are our greatest enemies.
Our position in this regards, has been very clear, simple, logical and consistent over the years.
A monumental and historical case in point is the following;
When in the past, our own local St. Maarten politicians – NOT the Dutch – did EVERYTHING possible to break up the Antilles in order to get separate-status – I, Leopold James, along with the late Eldrige van Putten and with Elco Rosario, former notary went to the extreme to warn the politicians and the people, that it was NOT in the best interest of us as a people.
We were ridiculed and systematically denied access to many talk-shows on the island.
Consequently, the politicians had a ‘field-day’, ‘spoon-feeding’ the public with their specific and biased agenda.
In that process, the politicians deliberately ‘set up’ the St. Martin people against ‘Curaçao’ and promised that with the new status, we would be able to do ‘We own ting’ (= the politicians filling their own pockets based on deals at the expense of the people).
We (= the politicians ) would eliminate the ‘middle man’ (= the Central Government/Curaçao) and deal directly with Holland.
Our brilliant politicians were so ‘bloody’ eager and greedy for getting complete power at home, that they swallowed ‘hook, line and sinker’ the legal implications of being in the Kingdom as a ‘country’ within the Dutch Kingdom.
Consequently, they took completely for granted (= not to mean much) the ‘Guarantee- function’ of the Kingdom-Government for good governance and along with the Dutch SIGNED OFF to these provisions.
Now, that the Dutch Government is simply executing, what it is legally bound to do and to which our politicians agreed upon with their signatures – this action of the Dutch is now being construed by our local politricians, to be some form of ‘colonial interference’, racism etc.
Oh really ?
If, that really is the case, then who are the greatest fools for having agreed to those ‘colonial’ intervention provisions for the new and highly coveted ‘Country status’ dream to become a reality ?
As a matter of fact, we always stated, that the day of ‘reckoning’ would come and that the politicians would have to give an account to the people of St. Maarten for what they did to the people of the island.
For one, Why is it, that since they broke up the Antilles, we are no longer protected (as Antilleans were in the former Antilles) and why we are currently being completely overrun by hordes of bold, illegal, exploding numbers of non-added value, immigrants.
In ending – we the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement – once more state the following.
Unless and until, our politicians correct the deliberate ‘mistake’ and betrayal of the native, indigenous St. Martin people by refusing to recognize us and to protect our rights in the constitution – we consider those politicians the greatest problem and threat to the very existence of our people and NOT the Dutch.
Had our own politicians not thrown us under the proverbial bus – but had recognized us as a people and had protected our rights in the Constitution never to become marginalized and threatened to become victims of genocide by substitution – our position would have been completely different today.
Therefore – until such time – our ‘honorable’ politicians, should not hold their breath on any support from our side – they are free to ‘suck their blows’ all by themselves – it’s all about the law of Karma.
Drs. Leopold James
President of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement.
St. Maarten Parliament