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OPINION | Epitaph 138: Keep-up the good-trouble  (1 of 2)

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“SILENCE Damns Us All” and I would like to believe that my late leader and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee the great Congressman John Lewis would say to me “keep-up the Good-trouble Ambrose,” which is really what I have been doing since late 1990s. 

So for my critics and haters I am honored and pleased to perform my public duty of citizenry as I KNEW over a decade ago the road that our Republicans were taking us down was a dead-end road to NOWHERE!  It should be evident in the Governor’s plea for HELP to determine what HE should do that he is LOST figuratively. I’m sure an overwhelming majority of voters KNOW that whenever the leader is asking the followers what to do that WE the People are truly facing “BAD-trouble” and it’s time to “get a new leader(s)” as the Governor nor the Legislature know what to do —for TRUE! It’s election season and they still can’t offer ONE THING that has the potential to change our course to generate better outcomes FOR the People — for TRUE!

John Lewis left us with a two-word phrase that will surely be one of the marching mantras for those fighting against the evils of our Government and the world that I will continue to unfurl and fly as one of my banners. “Good-trouble” by its very definition will be a POSITIVE force to motivate and drive the need for systemic changes be it with the Police or Government.  But unlike on the mainland where there is a problem with the police and the leader of our Nation who is a “you-know-what,” OUR problem in the CNMI is totally OUR Government and the Republican’s GREED for money & power that must be changed.  I don’t expect to touch the hearts and minds of those close to the Republicans and I get-it, as I will never change their minds. But thanks to members of the “silent majority” it should be noted that “good-trouble” is being stirred up within the Republican ranks on the mainland and in the CNMI.  There are Republicans causing good-trouble by helping the Democrats on the mainland and in the CNMI to change and fix OUR leadership in the coming elections. Some Republicans in the CNMI are even trying to “DISGUISE themselves” and running as Independents but it won’t fool anyone. WE the People must all join in to create some good-trouble for our Republicans who have failed us all and don’t have a real plan to save us from the perils of this world.

I have noticed the Republican emissaries are trying “change-the-narrative” by touting how the Governor has keep our community virtually free of Covid-19 to counter all the attacks on the Governor about all the things he has been doing wrong. But it is really CHCC and the task force who deserve most of the credit as they are keeping us Covid -19 free as they are the ones on the frontlines and putting themselves at risk FOR the People, not the Governor. Why should the Governor be getting ALL the credit that he just consumes for himself, just like #45, instead of “giving the credit where the credit is due.”  Gaslighting and changing the narrative are Republican Political Plays that won’t work in the CNMI, at least not on my watch.

I have always been stirring up good-trouble even though many have treated me like the enemy mostly for political reasons and because I’m not a local who dares to be out-spoken.  But it has been the “good & honest People” of the CNMI who have kept encouraging me to keep-up the Good-trouble.  And if all the good & honest people don’t help me with all the good-trouble I’ve been stirring up then it will all be for nothing and I can GUARANTEE that WE the People will be right back in the same sad state of affairs complaining about the Republicans which is song WE have been singing for over 20 years. Need I remind voters that “all it takes for the evil and corruption in our Government to prevail is for the good men & women to say and do nothing”! WE must ALL join-the-march and keep up the good-trouble for the Republicans with our vote if the CNMI is to truly become a better place.

Good-trouble (protesting & holding our leaders accountable) is a NECESSITY and people like John Lewis and all those who protest and hold our leaders accountable who are branded as “trouble makers” but they actually represent “good-trouble by individual sheriffs, juries and judges” over OUR Government. Our founders in the 1st Amendment put the earnest on us-regular-folks to come forth and protest and lead, especially when our leaders by their own admission “don’t know what to do.” But it’s hard trying to lead and inspire protest from the sidelines as it is really against cultural tradition to protest due to how everyone is so connected through family. But I am so thankful the “silent majority” in the CNMI are getting on board with protesting and preparing to give the Republicans some good-trouble in the privacy of the voting booths in the pending election. 

I have tried on many occasions to generate the need for MORE good-trouble through protesting which is truly necessary & proper. The protest on the mainland over George Floyd and now Jacob Blake were driven by the submerged and thick layer of racism within America’s Police ranks. Just think of the many innocent Blacks killed, Ahmaud Arbery was just jogging, George Floyd died over 20 dollars in a nonviolent act more recently Mr. Blake was actually followed by police officers to his car without any attempts to physically stop him, yet the moment he opened the car door he was shot with “extreme prejudice” seven times in the back. But when a white juvenile youth is walking around with an assault weapon as a member of a militia group at a protest the Police throw him a bottle of water and thanks him — for WHAT!  But it gets worse because when this same teen with an assault weapon shoots several INNOCENT people and even kills two people who were only peacefully protesting but he doesn’t a scratch on him from the Police when arrested and he is now safely in a Juvenile Jail.

While the evil we are facing in the CNMI is not taking lives it is causing a tremendous strain and a constant degeneration in the quality of life in the CNMI. WE haven’t taken a genuine step forward since Governor Torres took office and WE were barely out of austerity when the pandemic hit which just set off another round of evil in the manipulation of the millions in Federal funds that are coming our way. I just wrote about how bad the Republicans are trying to get their hands on another Billion plus dollars that are coming our way and they don’t even have a plan as it is public knowledge the Republicans are asking you and me for ideas and what to do —  duh! Making good-trouble is OUR only way to fix our dead Democracy so please join-in with the Democrats to make as much good-trouble as you possibly can for the sake of all of us-regular-folks and OUR Commonwealth. Fire the Republicans in November for a BETTER CNMI — for TRUE! 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 III.

 

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