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Epitaph of CNMI’s democracy | 69: Public tranquility & trust — pride!

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IN the words of America’s founders, the Public Tranquility & Trust is at stake whenever our government is in peril.

I don’t think there is a single citizen who is not concerned about the FBI raids. But instead of it just being about the Governor WE the People are finding out that the RICO Statute is being TRUE to its very title as there were many MORE than the Governor allegedly doing illegal things that continue to disrupt the tranquility & trust of the public. The Local Coconut Wire is on overload with talk about our Governor and the people associated with him who are constantly being exposed. One of the People’s biggest frustration is that our AG, Public Auditor nor the Legislature has taken any definitive action to address the CNMI crimes that are OBVIOUSLY being broken, as the Feds are working on Federal Crimes. Do WE the People have to totally depend upon the Feds to fight for us when our Government officials are violating CNMI Laws — this is very disturbing to the tranquility & trust of the public. WE the People deserve BETTER from our own Judicial Branch that is being rendered impotent from a lack of action by the initiators (AG, PA & Legislature) of justice for our Judicial Branch. The Public Tranquility and the Public’s TRUST is being eroded from a lack of action by our OWN Criminal Justice System to prosecute CNMI CRIMES — this is truly scary!

I must ask, WHAT is happening with our AG as most of us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats believe that if the corruption was about a “LESSER official” our AG would be all over that person and even debating with the FBI “who will prosecute first.” But this is about the highest official in the CNMI which adds to the skepticism about our AG. At the very LEAST our AG owes ALL of us some kind of statement about the CNMI crimes our Governor and others have allegedly committed — you owe it to us to say something AG Manibusan, PLEASE! We the People continue to see Kandit News releasing authenticated evidence of alleged crimes by the Governor and his associates but TAYA (nothing) from our AG!!! Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios authorized Gov. Ralph Torres to spend more than $20,000 in local and federal money to travel on first- and business-class seats and spend three days in Washington, D.C. and two days in Guam from the end of February to the beginning of March this year but what is being done Locally about this alleged crime is the question that contributes to frustrate the tranquility and trust of the public who want all of this to hurry-up and be over with.

Our AG needs to know if he doesn’t that many CNMI citizens are now following Kandit News too, which is constantly doing “INVESTIGATIVE Reporting” which is exposing his office as possibly being “complicit” in the alleged wrongdoings of the Governor and even our Legislature. Yet, We the People are not hearing anything from the man WE placed our TRUST in to fight crime—

for TRUE! Kandit has just reported how our Attorney General Edward Manibusan still has not issued an opinion on the legality of a $5,000 monthly cash advance to some members of the Commonwealth Legislature, even though the Office of the Public Auditor has said that the Legislative slush fund is unconstitutional. What are we supposed to think about this AG Manibusan especially when the request by a citizen for your opinion was first made two months ago followed by another one from the minority caucus? You are truly disturbing what little TRANQULITY & TRUST the People had in your office and our Government by not saying or doing anything about alleged crimes the Public Auditor has already deemed as “violations of CNMI Laws and our Constitution” and a potential misuse of 1.7 Million!

Heck, on September 30, 2015, then-Rep. Angel Demapan made a major amendment to House Bill 19-95, removing the STANDARD and mandated completion bond on the casino facilities that to this day have not been completed. Angel Demapan made it easier for the casino to literally DELAY construction and CHEAT the People of the CNMI and cheat on other things literally with his amendment. Not surprising Angel Demapan was literally “On Salary” with IPI the following year while he was still in the Legislature which could be construed as a “pay-off” and the obvious conflict of interest to be getting paid from IPI while working in the Legislature but NO ONE did anything about him violating the law and still haven’t. Our AG has voters and the Judicial Branch in Susupe looking up at Capital Hill wondering WHAT’s going ON, which is a horrible picture that demonstrates a serious disruption in Public Tranquility & Trust!!

PRIDE the Deadly Sin!

For sure PRIDE is a deadly sin as it can cause us to do all kinds of things WE SHOULD NOT DO! What so amazing about pride is that it will slip up on you and before you know it you have reacted in the absolute WRONG way. So what is pride as some of pride’s synonyms with the same meaning are arrogance, conceit smugness, self-importance, and Egotism. These descriptive words of PRIDE speak volumes to WHY I have been able to say I TOLD YOU SO on soooo many occasions about soooo many things because our leaders were either arrogant, conceited, being smug, thinking about self-importance and even Ego-tripping” which is why they didn’t listen and do something giving me another win to say I Told You So. I am just reflecting BACK on what I learned in my Sociology and Psychology courses on child & adult behavior when they don’t listen or refuse to listen too teachings, sound science and even moral advice.

You can bet, the LAST thing our Governor and most GOP members want to say about Ambrose M. Bennett is that I am or was RIGHT about something even though I continuously PROVE myself. But as a Black man who grew up in Segregation it doesn’t bother me personally but our leaders’ failure to listen has cost our Government, the People and our Commonwealth dearly in soooo many ways. Pride mixed into a compound of Local RACISM is more than deadly, it has catastrophic potential for devastation politically, socially and economically which is what we are NOW experiencing in the CNMI — a catastrophe at the very TOP of our Government, our unpredictable economy, and social instability. This is not an ordinary corruption case of an individual doing wrong but an entire CRIMINAL Organization which confirms our greatest fears as voters, an entire corrupt government that was working MORE for IPI over the People as one after another GOP Crew is being exposed by Kandit News and I Told You So in the first place.

PRIDE is one of the main reasons the NMD groups can’t come together while neither group gets ahead in representing ALL of the NMDs. I have offered one suggestion after another based on Social & Political Science methodologies but it has been all for nothing as none of the NMDs seem to listen and want to say Ambrose M. Bennett was RIGHT out of PRIDE. We have Democrats and Independents who don’t want to admit they were WRONG about their politics that has left Independents Powerless and Democrats a NO SHOW with PRIDE being at the very CORE of their decisions — it’s truly sad. I get thanks all the time in person for writing as I’ve been able to make a HOSTS of PROVEN valid warnings and predictions only to end up saying I Told You So but to date no one has even bothered to say publicly that I was RIGHT about anything or even Thanked Me - PRIDE. But it’s OK and I’m not doing this for self (pride), I’m just thankful that I have the fortitude of two of my mentors Dr. King and Muhammad Ali so I won’t give up HOPE as Jessie Jackson used to tell us all the time in the Civil Rights Movement to “KEEP HOPE ALIVE”!!!

Humility is the TRUE virtue and cure for pride and humility will get you much father in life than pride that only extends itself to YOU being arrogant, conceited, being smug, thinking about self-importance and even Ego-tripping. Some people even think it is good to have PRIDE when they should be promoting PROUD and please don’t teach children to have pride but to have self-esteem and to be proud. But I guess some just don’t know the teaching of JC especially if they don’t know who JC is which implies, they certainly can’t know that PRIDE is a deadly sin. So a word of wisdom to ALL is: DROP the PRIDE and practice HUMILITY like JC and start listening to what I am telling you. I am not the enemy but the one who is here to try and help save thee from yourself as it is written “the MEEK shall inherit the earth.” And No, I’m not always RIGHT. NO I’m not perfect either nor playing JC, as I have also fallen short too when it comes to listening which is WHY I now know better than to fall into the trap of PRIDE, which is why it is important not to have any shame in your game! To be continued: One People One Direction!

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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