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OPINION | Epitaph 105: Deaf & dumb and tomorrow!

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THE phrase of deaf & dumb and handicap were once very familiar terms prior to the 1990s when they were deemed inappropriate for addressing and referring to people with “disabilities.” But I’m not referring to people with disabilities in this Epitaph and instead I am referring to how the Governor and the GOP in general have pretended to be DEAF to public outcries for nearly two decades and how they have played on keeping the people dumb.


As far back as the two previous GOP Governors they have played deaf to most of the public outcries for something and sure enough, IT just went away. Heck, the casino is PROOF of their deafness to the two NO Votes by the People and I have been yelling from the sidelines since 2018 about the Community Chest fund and more recently a Senator and the minority start asking about it too and the Governor STILL plays DEAF & DUMB like he doesn’t know the Legislature and the People are ALL asking him to EXPLAIN to us WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR MONEY! I can’t put it into words how frustrating and disappointing it has been to witness the Governor getting away with literally hiding MILLIONS while he puts austerity on his people and even continues putting all the burden on the People when he has SEVERAL other options that he won’t take advantage of FOR his People.
One of the main reasons I have been able to say I Told You So on soooo many occasions to the Governor and the GOP in the Legislature is because they continue to pretend to be DEAF to what I have been writing about and I’m not the only one they turn a deaf ear to. The Governor and his GOP in the Legislature have obviously made it one of their strategies to just ignore what I am writing even though it comes back to literally bite them on the butt figuratively. But the most disappointing part for me as an activist is that the Local People still refuse to just RISE UP against some of the things our Governor has done and failed to do. I know that if I were on the mainland and had exposed some of the things that I have exposed in the past that there would literally be Protests over what our Governor has done and failed to do. TOO many of the People in the CNMI are pretending to be deaf and even forgetful when the vote. I know there is a cultural challenge for locals to protests but Locals need to KNOW that PROTESTING is one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of the average citizen who is sitting-in-the-cheap-seats. In simple terms the People of the CNMI need to stop being so deaf and start being more ACTIVE in our politics. When the Democrats call for a “waiving or protest” we ALL need to show up ready for battle with our signs as the Democrats are truly the People’s ONLY option and hope for a better government and a better future.
When you have a leader who is deaf, I don’t have to tell you what kind of trouble you are in as a follower because hearing or should I say listening to one’s followers is one of the better attributes of GREAT leaders. If you don’t know what the people are saying then you are not really connected to the people you are leading but you are making for a “dumb” leadership and even worse. A leader who is DEAF to the cries of their People and protected by the Legislature in our Democracy that is dead is more like a dictator who will do things like lying about prosperity to the people, misusing the People’s money, taking from one to pay another, especially for the chosen ones (cabinet members v first responders) and now its retirees v teachers — see the pattern. VOTERS need to stop being DUMB as they should see this pattern if they aren’t blind, deaf or dumb. WE all know the Governor is well aware of what I’m writing about regarding his behavior and decisions on behalf of many People in our society who agree with me but our Governor’s tactic is clearly to play DEAF and point fingers of blame at everyone except self.
Great leaders “keep their ear to the ground and their hands on the plus of the people they are leading and responds accordingly” but they don’t play DEAF like our Governor and his GOP Crew who are ALL guilty by association, which is why I recently called for the GOOD Ones to just desert before it’s too late. I’m not against the GOP just their corruption that continuing to support the Governor by playing DEAF and DUMB. You would think no one said anything to our leader about the mess he was making economically for retirees and politically for himself and his GOP Crew. Our Legislature is turning into a REAL joke after giving our leader ALL Power as they just sit idle and watch not even thinking about placing a check FOR the People on the leader and his activities. Our Legislature is literally following when they should be leading to as they are an EQUAL Branch of Government, not the Governor’s HELPERS as they took an OATH to our LAWS and the PEOPLE, not the Party nor the Governor! The GOP in the Legislature is playing DUMB about virtually everything that requires a check on the Governor. They need to be mindful that what they do or fail to do today will definitely determine what happens to them Tomorrow in the mid-terms, for TRUE.
Today Determines Tomorrow
What we do today will definitely determine HOW our tomorrow will turn out. But when WE the People of the CNMI think about tomorrow WE are literally handicapped as there is just a big QUESTION Mark because there is really no clear leadership as the Governor is totally absent of the vision to look over the horizon FOR his People. Heck, we don’t even have a Covid-19 Operations Center yet to tell us what is happening TODAY! There is no website that has the latest information with numbers, charts, and projections for what is happening on a daily basis with this pandemic but the Governor is busy on HIS Facebook Page promoting himself. WE the People are literally left with the TV news that most people don’t have, Social Media and Kandit News which many if not most don’t have access and Radio updates that are not frequent enough nor in full detail on a daily basis. The Governor thinks his Facebook Page is all we need it seems when WE need to be hearing from the experts and seeing graphs about what is happening and what we can expect. WE have an operations center for the typhoons and now WE have a Black Swan Event which is much more serious than any super typhoon as this global pandemic usually only comes every 100 years. If we have an operations center for tracking typhoons and disseminating information common sense should have told the Governor WE NEED an operations center for tracking this MONTHS long life & death pandemic where People can call, but that’s the kind of leader we have folks — deaf & dumb for TRUE! We are just entering this pandemic and will be in it for some time to come so WE the People need BETTER leadership with better communications FOR the People to make sure the People are fully informed verbally and pictorially with graphs by OUR Government. Everyone can understand a picture (worth a 1,000 words) and everyone has access to a phone to call an operations center but our Governor has literally left us ALL handicapped with only his Facebook! WE the people really don’t have any idea of what tomorrow will bring for us in the CNMI, for TRUE!
There is also talk already at the national level about restarting the economy on the mainland but I guess our Governor and GOP will be DEAD LAST AGAIN with our economy like they usually are when it comes to these kind of adverse NATIONAL phenomena that are truly challenging situations that call for our leaders to be a-step-ahead in order to be an effective and successful leader. Heck, it took the GOP two years to spend the ARRA money that other states spent in one month. A great deal of our tomorrow is going to be riding on what our Governor and MVA will do to restart our economy but WE learned a long time ago our Governor and his GOP CANNOT multitask so cross your fingers and say some prayers. I have said on more than one occasion that “a failure to plan is a plan for failure” which is what WE have today — no plans for tomorrow, so you know what tomorrow will bring when it comes to restarting our economy.
Tomorrow WE (the CNMI) should be doing our “homework” and ready to roll-out a robust Tourism Marketing Plan with our ability to “keep the virus out along with the opening of our Cannabis Tourism & HEMP Industries with the Dispensaries opening. Introducing NEW Industrial opportunities for “Made in the USA Labels” with Hemp production and a NEW Cannabis Market into the Tourism Market for our region is KEY to attracting tourists back to the CNMI. But that is just dreaming on my part because I already KNOW they don’t KNOW how to get it done and won’t ask the People who do know for help. Our leaders (Governor & Cannabis Commission) who are deaf to the advice of the people who KNOW, like myself, haven’t learn the FIRST rule about leadership which is which is often stated by the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, “if you don’t know something then get someone who does to help you and to HELL with the Politics, just get the job done”! Their problem is they only want GOP loyalist and the CNMI is clearly running out of leadership talent because all the good ones are leaving for the mainland where they KNOW they can get GREAT jobs which is why we see so much recycling done by the GOP. What the Governor, MVA and Cannabis Commission do or fail to do today will definitely determine what will happen tomorrow when we are ready to restart our economy! To be continued: One People One Direction.
The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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