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OPINION | Epitaph 148:  Turning adversity into prosperity,   II of II 

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THERE are no magic or special powers needed to turn adversity into prosperity just “educated analytical and creative thinking driven by the real factors.”

As I said in part, once the transportation method (countries of preference) has been identified it will provide focus for MVA to advertise and promote theCNMI and PSS & NMC will know what foreign languages to offer as it is vital for Locals to speak the language(s) of our Tourists, which is a practice in all the major tourists destinations. The lack of local’s ability to speak Chinese is what squeezed all the Local Tour Guides out-of-a-job and the Legislature nor MVA even tried to protect or serve them by “segregating Translators & Guides Expectations for licensing”.  If Locals are to play a major role in our Tourism Industry like they did by speaking Japanese when our primary tourist market was Japanese, then we must prepare them for the future and stop listening to Jerry Tan, no disrespect intended.

The next step will be to determine “’WHAT will attract our tourists” and that can be any number of things but “DIVERSITY” is the key to unlimited success as it’s all about “attractions” in today’s Tourism.  But coming up with new ideas and doing the work to make the idea successful is where the Republicans get lost as they are even asking us regular-folks for ideas — for TRUE. I have offered many ideas and so have others in the past but they didn’t take any of them and run with them to even try and make them happen so they are even gaslighting about ideas. I had to push for the Hemp Industry to be included in the Legalization Bill and to this very day there hasn’t been a single thing done of any measure to make the Hemp Industry a reality, yet they are asking for ideas while they are literally sitting on ideas that are a matter of CNMI Law — it’s really pathetic.  Giving one’s ideas to these Republicans is a waste of your time and they are just gaslighting the entire issue of restarting our economy for the election.  Trying to give these Republicans ideas is like WE read in the Bible about “casting your pearls to swine” literally.

Turning the Old into the NEW

Turning Old Republican Politics that got us austerity into prosperity won’t work because WE need NEW Politics and NEW Politicians to turn our adversities into prosperity!   More than anything it will be the “politics” of our future that will determine if WE the People can turn the corner on our adversities to find prosperity.  The Governor LIED about Prosperity to get elected but WE the People can control our destiny to find our OWN prosperity by changing our Government for some NEW Leaders in Government. It’s really a waste for me to offer ideas especially when it’s almost election day. The elected leaders of the CNMI are not telling us ANYTHING NEW that they are going to do, so why should I. But more than anything WE the People need to be told something NEW and given something NEW to aspire too in the near future, as the Democrats have made a “Pledge to the People” but absolutely NOTHING from the Republicans —  just signs on the road. All WE the People are getting is the same old Republicans “seeking-out to destroy all the opposition” rather than offering the People something NEW and BETTER! Angel Demapan who ran for Delegate is back to try and get into the House and has offered a single statement to the People in the news which speaks volumes to his NOTHING!

THE CNMI’s most senior lawmaker, Paul A. Manglona slammed the Senate leadership for giving Gov. Ralph DLG Torres “unlimited” reprogramming power in the Senate version of House Bill 21-124 or the Appropriations and Budget Authority Act of 2021. “By passing this budget as is, we are effectively removing the checks and balances of our government,” he said. These are the words of one of our very BEST of Lawmakers that should send shockwaves through the voting community.

 The arrogance of Republicans has only grown in statue ever since they forced the casino down our throats with NO resistance and now the Speaker and his crew are so arrogant, they refuse to tell us what they did with OUR Money — you guys literally need to be ROASTED and kicked-out in this election. They even sold us out to China at the expense of our Japanese Tourist Market on an island full of Japanese Tourist Sites” — it’s kaduku PATHETIC!!!  In fact, the CNMI is now the “laughing-stock” of economists who know what the Republicans did to our economic base — for TRUE! It’s like WE have some complete idiots at the helm but we know it wasn’t a mental error but GREED that took them over. China (our ENEMY in world politics, human rights and economics) is well known for “buying what it wants and salami slicing it up for Chinese Investors” and for sure they have bought a big piece of the CNMI thanks to the Republicans. No one has even bothered to ask “WHY did we start out with Best Sunshine and end up with IPI and now even IPI wants to sell a slice of what they have.” If WE the People don’t get a handle on this during this election it may be too late in two years when the General Election will take place.

The Republicans don’t know anything NEW and every voter needs to be thinking seriously about electing someone NEW to run our Government if we are to turn the corner on the adversities of our Government’s austerity to find real prosperity. Electing the same OLD leaders means us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats are going to continue to get the same old BS Politics with the same old “going nowhere quick, fast and in-a-hurry.” The most important factor if you want something NEW and something BETTER for the CNMI is that you need to vote for the NEW Leaders to really turn our adversities into prosperity! 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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