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OPINION | Epitaph 109: Gaslighting the pandemic by unprecedented leadership

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THE Governor’s “unprecedented challenge” letter was just another “gaslighting fireworks event” to sensationalize COVID-19 for the People but the REAL story is WE the People are facing “unprecedented Leadership.” There has clearly been a lot of corruption in our Government in the past with both Houses of our Legislature and even the Executive Office being represented as “inmates in our Local and Federal Prison Systems. But this Black Swan Event has exposed the WORST leadership in CNMI History as WE watch the Governor and his Cabinet scramble to “protect family & GOP supporters” that I wrote about in Epitaph 108.

At a time when our leadership needs to be at its BEST bringing it’s “A-game” we are witnessing some of the WORST things they could do. The warning of EVERYONE watching that I wrote about was ignored in this unprecedented challenge. I want to share a story based on what I had learned in my Child Psychology Courses that were required for my Tennessee Teaching Certification because I used to teach to all my students in Elementary, Junior & High School to “always listen to their HEART,” especially when you are about to do something you think or know is wrong because the brain alone will often lie to you in these cases.

I would tell them that “when they are tempted to do something you think is wrong and you get that tingling sensation in their body (nervous system reaction) that it was really their heart telling them NOT to do it — its’ WRONG” because your nervous system has been activated to tell you it’s wrong or dangerous. We are even taught this in Christianity to listen to our heart, not your brain because the heart is PURE and will always guide you in the RIGHT Direction regardless of how difficult it may be which may even include self-sacrifices. The nervous system governing our behavioral nature weakens as one gets older and this mechanism doesn’t kick in due to the developed ability to not even think about doing wrong or doing something dangerous on a regular basis unlike what we see with career criminals, police officers and people in the military who face danger on a regular basis so they can’t afford to be afraid. The problem WE the People are faced with is that we have an “unprecedented leadership” who’s nervous system just doesn’t kick when they KNOW they are doing wrong because they have done it so much and got away with their wrong.

But in this story, WE the people have an unprecedented leader who is not right for this job in this unprecedented challenge. The Governor reminds me of some of the youth I have taught who actually thought they could get away with anything because they had been soooo smart and successful in the past. But my former students will tell you Mr. Bennett “didn’t take no stuff and he WILL set a TRAP for you.” The Governor’s real problem is he has YET to get it that this Black Swan Event is a test of his character and leadership that also presents many “TRAPS” to test and temp him and his entire GOP Crew, which is why I previously said this Black Swan Event will bring out the BEST or the WORST in our leadership.

The “moral of this story is: 1. Leaders don’t ask the people to do something that they won’t do. Why are the Cabinet Members (DPS Commissioner others in Cabinet) not subjecting their family and friends to furlough as they quickly made their moves to transfer the favored ones and got rid of others even though their job was far more important than the people that were protected. These Cabinet members KNOW they were doing wrong but didn’t have any feeling of guilt because they have a HISTORY of favoritism and nepotism. While I’m on this story about nepotism in DPS, I will share another well-known story about a TRUE Police Officer with REAL character who actually gave his MOTHER a ticket because it was his job and the right thing to do to put his mon on notice for HER future safety. Even though he paid the ticket for his mom it sent a very strong message throughout DPS and to the Public of character and integrity so strong and loud that I don’t even have to share his name (Officer M). You’re the MAN!

As for the unprecedented challenge under unprecedented leadership

People throughout the Community are now saying “Governor Torres is the WORST Governor we have ever had which speaks volumes when a previous GOP Governor was actually convicted of a felony but not surprising given Governor Torres is facing a RICO Investigation. One would think he would be trying to run a “squeaky-clean administration” after the FBI raids but instead he acts like NOTHING has ever happened and even allows the continuation of corruption in the furloughing of government employees. He just handed the AXE to his Cabinet Members with NO Criteria or Matrix for generating who will be furloughed in a “fair & equitable” process and we see the results that is literally lighting up Social Media.

I don’t think WE needed the Governor to tell us this Black Swan event is an unprecedented phenomenon as what we needed was “unprecedented solutions” that would be implemented in a fair and equitable way. But instead the POLITICS of the Governor and his Crew is more about Poli-tricking the People gaslighting this Black Swan event every time he gets a chance. In his statement the Governor claimed: “Today, we are working toward accomplishing something new. We are, for the first time, trying to right the direction of the Commonwealth’s finances after accumulation of obligations, expenses, and practices that have been left unchecked since the Trust Territory government” — WOW! I guess WE the People are fools who don’t know these are the failures of the GOP who had complete control of our Government for the past two decades.

The Governor tried to go ALL the way back to the Trust Territory Days to try explain our situation TODAY-duh! Is he losing it or does he think he is that smart and WE are that stupid??? Doesn’t he know that WE know the NMI has experienced some VERY GOOD times after the Trust Territory Days, especially under Democrats. In fact, the last Democrat Governor was the ONLY Governor to leave office with a “SURPLUS” of funding. The Governor claims the obligations, expenses that have been unchecked is the problem when the GOP has been in charge for the last two decades which means he is really talking about the FAILURES of the Republican Party, thanks for admitting the TRUTH Governor and it doesn’t help you at all with the People who have common sense and know their CNMI History.

The Governor claims: “we (his administration) have teams of specialists within the CNMI government that have devoted their careers to navigating this so we can provide public services.” I’m sure a lot of voters want to see these AMAZING teams who brought us one emergency another emergency followed by austerity after austerity for the past two decades promoting only one economic thing, the casino, duh! He even goes on to gaslight how the Black Swan event is so different and challenging with the NERVE to say: “We also must be willing to let go of our individual self-interests for ourselves, or organizations or our branches,” when his Cabinet members are doing exactly the opposite protecting their family and friends moving them to Federal jobs. If they are creating new Federal jobs to protect these people I hope and PRAY the Feds will intervene on these activities as the Feds have been instructed to keep a close eye on the behavior of Governments with Federal money in this pandemic. Real leaders, especially the GREAT ones, will ALWAYS lead by EXAMPLE making their own family be subjected to furloughs like others. Everyone with common sense knows the Governor was just gaslighting and even lying about the character of his administration. I keep telling you Governor that you can’t fool anyone in this Black Swan event and the BEST thing you can do is to “drop the poli-tricking and be a straight shooter” speaking truth and doing the RIGHT things.

The Governor closed his letter making an effort to reinforce the need for “unity with his administration” but he doesn’t get it that we need his administration to DO RIGHT as they are creating dissention full of animosity with their behavior — simply put the Governor and his Crew are their OWN worst enemy. The Coconut Wire (Social Media) is all about the Governor and his Cronies and their wrongful and even illegal behavior. Governor, you can keep trying to fool YOUR People gaslighting but you need to know the “trick is really on YOU” because everyone is watching and you can’t fool common sense People with your whitewashing and gaslighting events. To be continued: One People One Direction.

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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