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Since the witty minds of some of the leading ethnocratic demagogues and their fascistoid comrades are trying to push through a new preamble to our constitution (filled with things like “our common Christian values”, “preserving the Latvian people through the centuries” and other similar primordial and often anti-democratic, regressive quackeries), I have a humble suggestion.

Why not take a few steps further, since we are in a hurry anyway? I think on this high-speed train towards “the pure Latvian state for Latvians”, we could have a better use of a following text. It is much more deeply rooted in our common European history, and is inspired by some great and successful leaders who tried to preserve and defend their nation the best they could.

Or do you have any objections? I would like to hear how they sound.

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We, the people of Latvia, hereby openly admit, that the institution that has so far been erroneously called the State generally classifies people only into two groups: citizens and aliens. Citizens are all those who possess full civic rights, either by reason of their birth or by an act of naturalization. Aliens are those who enjoy the same rights in some other State. Between these two categories there are certain beings who resemble a sort of meteoric phenomena. They are people who have no citizenship in any State and consequently no civic rights anywhere.

We, the people of Latvia, have come to a common conclusion. We realize fully that nobody likes to hear these things. But it would be difficult to find anything more illogical or more insane than our contemporary situation, which has subjugated us into serfdom for far too long.

Therefore we have decided that, according to the eternal will of our nation, there will from now on be a People’s State which will classify its population in three groups: Citizens, subjects of the State, and aliens.

The principle is that birth within the confines of the State gives only the status of a subject. It does not carry with it the right to fill any position under the State or to participate in political life, such as taking an active or passive part in elections. Another principle is that the race and nationality of every subject of the State will have to be proved. A subject is at any time free to cease being a subject and to become a citizen of that country to which he belongs in virtue of his nationality. The only difference between an alien and a subject of the State is that the former is a citizen of another country.
The young boy or girl who is of Latvian nationality and is a subject of the Latvian State is bound to complete the period of school education which is obligatory for every Latvian. Thereby he submits to the system of training which will make him conscious of his race and a member of the folk-community. Then he has to fulfil all those requirements laid down by the State in regard to physical training after he has left school; and finally he enters the army. The training in the army is of a general kind. It must be given to each individual Latvian and will render him competent to fulfil the physical and mental requirements of military service. The rights of citizenship shall be conferred on every young man whose health and character have been certified as good, after having completed his period of military service. This act of inauguration in citizenship shall be a solemn ceremony. And the diploma conferring the rights of citizenship will be preserved by the young man as the most precious testimonial of his whole life. It entitles him to exercise all the rights of a citizen and to enjoy all the privileges attached thereto. For the State must draw a sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and the support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled in the State simply as earners of their livelihood there.

On the occasion of conferring a diploma of citizenship the new citizen must take a solemn oath of loyalty to the national community and the State. This diploma must be a bond which unites together all the various classes and sections of the nation. It shall be a greater honour to be a citizen of this State, even as a street-sweeper, than to be the King of a foreign State.

The citizen has privileges which are not accorded to the alien. He is the master in the State. But this high honour has also its obligations. Those who show themselves without personal honour or character, or common criminals, or traitors to the fatherland, can at any time be deprived of the rights of citizenship. Therewith they become merely subjects of the State.

The Latvian girl is a subject of the State but will become a citizen when she marries. At the same time those women who earn their livelihood independently have the right to acquire citizenship if they are Latvian subjects.

After this has been carefully noted and recognized as fundamental and irrevocable truth, the People of Latvia have adopted, through their freely elected Constitutional (Satversme) Assembly, the following Constitution.

Didzis Melbiksis

Multilingual citizen. Europe, Sweden, media, politics.



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