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OPINION | Epitaph 123: Parting the RED by New Democrats! 

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THE Red Republican Sea of corruption, nepotism and racism that WE the People have been observing at helplessly is about to be parted being led by the former Independents IF voters will do their part to raise their pencil in the voting booth as having a better government is just that easy.

I have literally been praying FOR all the People of the CNMI to one-day read the headlines “Democrats Now Control the Legislature and even the Executive Office.” The Democrats now have a REAL LEGITIMATE opportunity to bring REAL CHANGE for PROGRESS with the help of voters. I have been yelling at them for almost two years to join the Democrats and I am soooo darn happy and proud of the Independents for taking the risk to step forward in a REAL attempt to save and revive our Dead Democracy FOR the People. The new Democrats truly put the PEOPLE first and deserve a Dunkalu KUDOS and THANKS to Representatives Sheila Therese “Jack” Babauta, Richard Tudela Lizama, Edwin Kenneth Propst, Christina Marie Elise Sablan and even Donald Manalang Manglona who has pledged his allegiance. I can’t wait to end these darn Epitaphs so I can start writing about the “New Beginnings” which I’m sure an overwhelming majority of readers would love to read because I’m tired myself after TWO DECADES of writing for real CHANGE.

But there is no doubt and evident for most readers that the former Independents could have easily been re-elected as Independents but they chose to look at the BIG Picture FOR the People in our Political Arena which is where OUR TEAM Sport of Politics takes place. They fully realize that it is no good to get elected if you don’t have the power to SCORE FOR the People which I’m sure is one the most compelling reason for joining the Democrats so they will have a real TEAM with the potential for real POWER. There is no doubt the Democrats have gotten their act together with legitimate NEW Faces and NEW Voices to breathe life back into the Democrat Party and our Democracy! The rebirth of the Democrat Party is for SURE the BEST political news WE the People could have gotten in the last twenty-two years of our politics under what has really been a GOP Autocracy (absolutism). It is common-knowledge our GOP have mess-up BIG-TIME and there is a genuine need and desire to see a BETTER Government FOR the People. The Democrats are clearly OUR best hope for a real two-party system again that will surely spur on progressive change for improvements.

WE are truly witnessing “history in the making” with the Independents becoming Democrats to save our two-party system and restoring our Government to truly be OF, FOR and BY the People, and no longer Of, For and By IPI.  The unification of the Independents into the Democrat Party is truly symbolic to the “parting of the GOP’s Red Sea” as WE the People have been stuck on the wrong side for over two decades trying to get to the other shore of real PROSPERITY just like Moses and the Israelites. THANK YOU New Democrats because for me and thanks to you, DREAMS can come TRUE!

Voters only need to follow the new Democrat leaders by voting a straight Democrat ballot if they truly want to reach the “Promise Land” of accountable government, economic prosperity with improvements in our social quality of life. I also KNEW a very long time ago that it would take a catastrophe (the casino fiascos like we see, the misuse of Government Funds by the Governor & Legislature or the Feds would save us) to convince the majority of voters that they have seen ENOUGH from our Republicans! As for the voters who don’t see the big MESS the Governor and Legislature have gotten us into then I can only pray for your “veil-of-ignorance” be lifted.

But like any good and even great thing there will always be opposition as my MaDear told me that “any time you are trying to help People there will ALWAYS be opposition —  just look what they did to Jesus Christ (crucified) and he was trying to save the world.” But it was interesting to observe the comments to the former Independents bringing life back into the Democrat Party as they demonstrated the same kind of stupidity and opposition showed to Christ that provides a teaching opportunity for the rest of society.

Now some  think “it a big-big mistake joining the Dems and he even alleges the respective party's that operate in the CNMI are nothing similar to the actual ones in the US. only take the respective names.”  How can it be a mistake to restore our two-party system and he obviously doesn’t know both of our Parties are aligned with the mainland Parties. An online commentator even gaslights with a LIE by saying, “Almost all of those in either party have switched parties at the drop of a hat for their own benefits, seems like this is the case with these four, very disappointing.” YES for me, it is disappointing for someone to say this outright LIE in a public newspaper. But it gets worse, as he doesn’t know Independents ARE NOT recognized as a Party by State & Federal Laws and to suggest differently tells me you ARE NOT any kind of a Political Scientist but in fact the complete opposite you-know-what.

Another online commentator seems to think “it is sad to see the Independents join the Democrats” but he didn’t offer any rationale because there is NOTHING bad, sad or wrong about reviving our two party system.  Another commentator was more concerned with asking ridiculous and even inappropriate questions of the new Democrats about their stance on certain issues. He has until election day and even wrote his own letter to the editor to ask them these questions but he just wanted to scatter some waste and spoiled food in the Cyber Rat Den so they can build some rat-nests on this issue. Another commentator is only seeing Black Smoke regardless of what the Independents did which tells me he may be standing on the wrong side of the Red Sea and can’t see the other side with the new Democrats leading the Party and the People to find the Promise Land that is our Nation’s Creed of “Freedom, Equality & Prosperity for ALL.”

For me, these commentators are probably GOP Emissaries trying to shoot-down something that they don’t know what it is and can’t stop it from flying by throwing ridiculous things at the new Democrats like natives being frightened and throwing things at a flying craft they are seeing for the first time. But I’m just a patriotic citizen trying to make a difference and it’s just gratification to the highest level for me to see all the Epitaphs aimed at the Independents to join the Democrats were not “in vain.” I glad they are all real professionals and made the right decision for ALL of us-in-the-cheap-seats.  So like the words in that “old Negro Spiritual” that say “if I can help somebody then my living will not be in vain.” I tried to help the People revive our two-party system and I pray voters won’t let it all be in vain. Keep fighting the GOOD fight new Democrats and your efforts will NOT be in vain.  To be Continued: One People One Direction.

The writer is a retired teacher, former CNMI Board of Education Member, James Madison Fellow (U.S. Constitutional Scholar) and a Fulbright-Hays Foreign Scholar who resides in Kagman

 

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