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OPINION | Epitaph 107: Poli-tricking at its best using Covid-19!

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THERE is a saying full of wisdom that states: “you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time” yet our Governor seems to think he can literally fool ALL of us ALL the time.

I have yet to see him come with a “straight face, a sound voice & message and the whole truth” since this pandemic started. There are experts who actually study a person’s physical behavior to assess their likely tendencies be it telling the truth or being nervous about something. Well, you don’t have to be one of those experts to know something is not all right when the Governor is speaking to us even when its only on paper. When he speaks about the infections and deaths, he is clearly trying to sound sooo disturbed and soft spoken and pitiful that you can’t make out everything he is saying — this guy is an actor too people. I believe he cares but for me he is also overdoing it and even putting on a show like he did with the announcement of the Emergency Hospital Beds Unit that was put up but he fails to give us a simple daily up-date on what is happening like other Governors. The Governor at the very least should be publishing a daily update with graphs and possible hot-spots on the virus for people to watch and keep track of for THEIR personal intentions of trying to live through this virus.

I can tell he is listening to what I’m saying because this Pandemic leaves him nowhere to hide and avoid knowing what I’m writing about. In fact, this pandemic has even FORCED the Legislature to come out of hiding to pass a law forcing the Governor to use the IPI License money for Retirees. But the big revelation about this is the Speaker actually told us the Bill had been under consideration since 2018 after the past election so WHY didn’t they do something until now? The answer is they have been poli-tricking the People and letting the Governor just run wild with his austerity that could have been avoided.

I have actually written about it before on how the GOP Governors used the tactic of “SAVING Funding Issues for Election Season” which is really POLI-TRICKING the People. They were saving this Bill for THEIR rainy-day election season and not for us readers. But thanks to the seriousness of this pandemic they couldn’t hide this from the People who are listening to the GOOD ones like Senator Manglona, the Independents and even his own GOP Rep. LJ Castro who is not afraid to speak up for what is RIGHT FOR the People. Heck, the GOP’s Poli-tricking strategy of “controlling the message to the people” was ambushed by Rep. LJ Castro which is why he was admonished and even scolded for speaking out which proves there is a lot of Poli-tricking going on with this GOP even during this Pandemic they don’t want to do right and respect what’s right FOR the People.

The Governor finally got around to creating some similarity of having a central operation unit with his Website that is SUPPOSED to be ALL about the Covid-19 and the Government’s response and updates. Well, it starts off that way but it quickly turns into a “Poli-tricking Election Promotion Page” with pictures of everything EXCEPT Covid-19 issue. Heck, I’m even in one the darn pictures for the signing of the Cannabis Bill and grandiose promoting of photos of themselves (Governor & Lt. Governor) that don’t have anything to do with Covid-19, duh and HELLER!

Nothing on the all-important First-responders, not even a picture of the Taskforce, no charts or graphs with updated info and not even a picture of the Emergency Hospital Unit that he ran to get on Facebook to announce. We are seeing Poli-tricking at its best because the Governor has the PERFECT Platform of the Pandemic to address the People but he is using it for “his own personal intentions” as we say in Mass. But this is not about him but ALL of us who are facing this deadly virus. People are truly upset and very angry at the Governor in the way he is literally Poli-tricking with this Website. I’m sure readers will have no choice but to agree with me if they will just check it out for yourself and you will see its MORE about his administration than it is about Covid-19 which is truly an example of Gaslighting Poli-tricking at its BEST as he is literally USING Covid-19 for his personal intentions.

Who does the Governor think he is fooling because even the People in the distant cheap-seats up in the balcony can see the Governor is not tricking anyone with is “subliminal political promotions of his administration on the Covid-19 Website that is supposed to be about this pandemic, HELLER! Shame on you Governor and you get a failing grade for your Website.

I didn’t see a SINGLE number to call for information or assistance which means you just put it out there and forgot about it because no one can really follow up and hold the site accountable for anything. There is also the fact that you were “half-listening” like the C, D & F students when I wrote about the need for Central Public Information because the main concerns were that everyone does not have access to the Internet and everyone does not read the newspapers but everyone does have some form of access to a phone to call and get the information they need. But when there are no numbers to call the People are literally left hanging to fend-for-themselves in getting the information they need and deserve. Heck, I’m trying to make sure I get my stimulus money but no one is answering the phone of Revenue & Tax nor at Finance so how can we make sure we will get that money, especially if a person missed their taxes and/or voting. It is things like this which are the very reasons I was calling for a Permanent Emergency Operations Taskforce that won’t be used as a political weapon of “poli-tricking” the People in favor of the administration.

Most great leaders that I have studied always had some kind of “Brain-trust” working for them to make SURE they had a reliable source that will tell them the “THINGS THEY DON’T WANT TO HEAR.” It is obvious the Brain-trust for our Governor is HIM as he wants to be out-front on the Good Things but he leaves it up to his emissaries to share the news he doesn’t want to be held accountable for like he did with the Community Chest Millions leaving it up to his Press Secretary to tell the LIE that the Governor doesn’t have access to this money when it was supposed to be in an Escrow Account FOR the Government — Poli-tricking at its BEST.

I will be the first to say the Governor has done some things right but I also know that he had NO OTHER CHOICE in some of the measures he took that have literally kept our pandemic infection and death curve virtually flat. He had no choice because HIS family was at stake too so I do believe he is doing the BEST that he can but I am no fool and I can also see that he is USING this Black Swan event to his advantage like he is really going to get elected again — duh!

One would think this pandemic would be ALL about doing what is right and best but time one of the Governor’s own speaks out against something he did they get scolded and they were RIGHT to be a “whistleblower” on the Governor’s attempt to put them in check like they did something wrong. Yes, it may be wrong as a political team member but this virus doesn’t know anything about politics and doesn’t care about politics which is why the Governor should have been thanking Representative Castro instead of trying to scold him. But like I said, there is nothing that can be hidden in this pandemic because ALL eyes are on the Governor and this virus so anything that surfaces will definitely be noticed because that is all the People have to do now which is to “watch & listen” to what is going on.

Poli-tricking in this pandemic is literally like watching a magician doing a disappearing act that EVERYONE can see how he did it and didn’t fool anyone — so stop the poli-tricking Governor as the more you try to trick YOUR people in this pandemic the worse it gets for YOU and the GOP in the Legislature, for TRUE.

Governor, you need to set up a real Central Command Center with people answering phones to provide answers and information for people don’t readily have access to your Website — it’s really that simple. Please stop the poli-tricking because it is NOT working as your political stunts and powerplays of pitting teachers against retirees that you learned getting your degree in Political Science DID NOT include dealing with a Global Pandemic given the last one was 100 years ago. We have a saying in my culture that one must be “true-to-the-game if you want the game to be true to you.” You are not being TRUE to the People and you are playing the deadly game of a pandemic and there is no room for whitewashing yourself nor gaslighting the issues in your favor with poli-tricking plays that don’t work in a pandemic. One People, One Direction.

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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