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OPINION | Epitaph 149: Democrats’ pledge v Republicans’ Attacks     

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FOR sure there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans which nobody can deny with the prevailing difference being that the Democrats in the CNMI have put forth a genuine pledge to do things FOR the People while the Republicans have only mounted gaslighting character assassination attacks FOR Republicans’ personal intentions of getting elected.

Democrats are coming out in the public media to talk to the People and explaining “their stances on issues and what the Republicans have Done and What they have FAILED to do.”  The Democrats are even providing solutions to fixing the mess that the Republicans have made of the CNMI. 

We see the Republican Party President, the Governor and the Mayor going public but they are not up for election yet not a single Republican running for office has come forward to say anything positive to the People nor have they made any-kind of pledge to the People. The Republicans are running a “hate campaign” with their attacks instead of running a “productive campaign” because they haven’t really produced anything but “emergencies and austerities” and trying to put all the blame on typhoons.  The Governor is trying to make the Party look good while he is covered with the mud of a RICO Investigation and his corruption and I hate to say it but the Mayor is also flirting with corruption by trying to FORCE and address system on us when we already have an address system that works. I have been asking and pleading with the Mayor for over two years on this matter to at least conduct a Public Hearing to PROVE why WE the People need his system but he pretends not to read the newspaper like the rest of the Republicans do when it comes to real issues affecting the finances and services FOR the People. MAYOR please listen, WE the People don’t have 200,000 for an address system and GOVERNOR WE the People only need an Executive Order to make our Lot Numbers our Addresses too — so please STOP this foolishness and waste of OUR money!

Putting the blame for Republican failures on typhoons is just a “gaslighting poor and pathetic excuse.” Even now with the budget talks of giving the reprograming authority to the Governor is based on typhoons when previous Governors didn’t have that authority and we got by. Every time there is a typhoon and even in this pandemic the Federal Government has pretty much picked up most of the tab in paying for these unexpected costs yet these Republicans still can’t make ends meet due to their waste. For example the Republicans never use Federal Funds properly to help the People but they will help their business partners: I previously mentioned how “Garapan Housing for Locals was fixed up and is now a “Chinese Housing Project and how the Governor is already spending millions of unchecked Federal dollars on the Kanoa when ALL of that money should have gone into the PEOPLE’s Mariana Resort” to bring it up to standards for leasing once this pandemic is over. But NO, our Republicans have to put some money in their U-know-who political backers pockets instead of investing in the CNMI.

I agree with the editor when said “first, do no (further) harm” because whatever happens with our funding “the government cannot avoid paying the Settlement Fund, medical referrals, PSS, public safety, emergency response, government payroll, CUC, among many other things”. While giving the Governor “reprograming ability” is reasonable given the factors (typhoon season and a pandemic) it doesn’t mean a thing if there are no real checks & balances and more importantly if there is no money to even reprogram. I even agree with the Senate Vice President about “the need to spend the time creating revenue generating bills” but if the weight and responsibility for the increase in Government funding is going to be placed on the People, then it’s just more Republican gaslighting politics. WE would have gotten far more immediate funding from setting-up the Hemp Industry and the productions of products as to date there are only three licenses totaling a few thousand dollars from the Cannabis Tourism Industry and these three obviously are not enough to supply an entire industry. Sixto literally blew the Marijuana Bill by not listening and then not doing a darn thing to make Cannabis Tourism & Hemp Industry a reality after he got reelected, which is why voters need to help Edith take him-out.  But anyway, the editor was right to be concerned about our leaders doing even more harm because they are on a path to continue doing harm to the People instead of coming up with ways to SAVE the People from some of the adversities WE are now facing.

The Republicans should have been promoting a real “PLAN” to turn our adversities into real prosperity but the only thing they have to offer is attacks on the opposition.  It’s like the Republicans and especially the Party President are taking pride in being IGNORANT trying to ignore the mess they have made by ignoring the many FACTS and TRUTHS that Tina Sablan shared that PROVED the Republicans have failed the People miserably. The Republicans are on the ropes and about to be knocked out by the Democrats on the mainland and in the CNMI as CHANGE has a way of being a SWEEPING EFFECT in our nation that is not only confined to Washington but every State, Territory and Commonwealth of America. So please VOTE Democrat this November like your life depends upon it because it DOES!

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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