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Epitaph of CNMI’s democracy | 71: Saving our democracy with RICO

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ONE of the most used statements on both sides in the impeachment of #45 is “saving our Democracy” as both sides claim our Democracy is at stake and both sides are right.

The only problem is HOW each side claim to be saving our Democracy as the GOP approach will not save but kill the very process that our founding fathers wanted us to use to SAVE our Democracy from a president he is not fit to be president. Well, the CNMI is in the same place with our Governor and HIS GOP who are merely giving the APPEARANCE of a Democratic Process of checks & balances on our Governor. Much of what we already know to be fact about our Governor’s misuse of power are things I wrote about BEFORE the FBI raid but it took the raids, our Local News and Kandit News for the People to start getting confirmation that Ambrose M. Bennett was RIGHT!

Our GOP controlled Legislature has been stonewalling us EVER SINCE the FBI raids took place and they certainly are not concerned about saving our Democracy but saving their Governor. Their claim of “alleged documents” was something that could have been resolved in less than an hour by simply having the Finance Secretary certify the documents — it was just stonewalling. There is no way all of these documents could have been fake, especially when they have the Government’s stamp on them and WHO would even try to fake documents that can so easily be verified – its Ka Du Ku for TRUE! Like I said in an earlier Epitaph the GOP has been about saving the Governor EVER SINCE he ran to them with his SECRET meeting from the Minority and the People which also violated House Rules and the Open Government Act as there has been NO report on what that meeting entailed.

It is obvious to me that the veteran Sen, Paul Manglona is fighting to save our Democracy by asking for checks & balances on our Governor and his associates. Kandit News reports that allegedly, “Mr. Angel was one of the biggest crooks,” quoting the source of information from within the casino. Mr. Demapan’s name appears several times over the two-year period in the IPI vendor listing in the hundreds to the thousands. But it is against the Commonwealth’s laws for members of the Legislature to receive remuneration from the casino — so what is our Legislature going to do about Mr. Demapan’s violation of the Law. Sen. Paul Manglona even pointed out the suspicious effect of Mr. Demapan’s law on the ability for regulators to comprehend the cash transactions and debt instruments that affect the casino’s bottom line. As a result the casino’s tax payments have significantly decreased, from an initial payment north of $60 million a few years ago to just $41,000 as of the July financials of the Commonwealth — WOW! Do We the People really have to depend upon the FBI to do ALL the checks & balances on our Governor, IPI and those associated with them in monetary terms — it is truly embarrassing to sit on the sidelines watching this THREE RING CIRCUS (Governor & Crew ILLEGAL activities in the right ring, our Legislature in the left ring and our AG in the center). It should be clear that NOTHING is happening in EITHER ring making for a HORIBLE show of our Democracy! I guess we will just have to wait for the Grand Finale when the Feds will perform their RICO Act figuratively — sad! Hopefully once this circus is over We the People and our Minority will have LEARNED to do much better in the mid-term and in the general election if we want to save our dead Democracy!

One of the MOST important things that can be accomplished from the FBI raids and all the implications of RICO violations is to make SURE that WE the People will SAVE our Democracy in hopes of preventing something like this from EVER happening again. Just to show you what I mean, if the Minority had been the Independent Majority under our GOP Governor, he would have NEVER gotten away with sooooo much WRONG due to real checks & balances from the Legislature. When I wrote about our Governor’s side trips long AGO that WE the People were paying for the Governor’s side trips an Independent Majority would have immediately been able to place a check on this behavior but the GOP Majority acted like they NEVER read the paper — a traditional strategy of the GOP to “pretend it doesn’t exist” which is also the same thing the GOP is doing with the impeachment of #45.

Now We the People have PROOF that the side trips taken by our Governor on OUR dollars was ILLEGAL — I TOLD YOU SO! Kandit has posted documents that show our Governor was literally PAID $7,814.50 for a trip to Boise Idaho. On another monthlong trip of 11 first- and business-class seats through Tokyo, Honolulu, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Detroit, and Boise cost the CNMI taxpayers $3,423 in airfare alone. It gets WORSE as his per diem cost the taxpayers even more than the airfare in the amount of $4,391.50 when he stayed at his family home for 10 days in Boise getting 200 per day for his personal business. He was just down right GREEDY with no sense of integrity to charge his personal business to the People. HE CANNOT be TRUSTED EVER AGAIN plain and simple.

It seems that Senator Manglona is the ONLY one trying to really work for the People with his efforts to get to the bottom of the 37 million that our Governor and HIS GOP Legislature had to know about and should have been trying to collect instead of borrowing from the NMDs and putting austerity on us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats! The Senator is PROOF that We the People need to SAVE our Democracy by giving the Senator and all of the minority some help and real POWER to place checks & balances on our Governor. But our problem as voters now is “WHO else will we vote for” given the minority is not a Party and the Democrats haven’t said a WORD about this entire mess and they have the NERVE to wonder WHY no one wants to BE or even vote Democrat — they ARE NOT fighting for the PEOPLE as the Senator is doing more than the entire Democrat Party. Personally, I want to see the Independents TAKE-OVER the Democrat Party because I actually like them which is why I continue to yell, plead and beg the minority to GO BACK to the BASICS which is a two Party system to help the People (voters) and help themselves to gain real power to save our dead Democracy! Only if the Independents would put all that energy they are using on Social Media to scorn the opposition to no avail for a better use like BUILDING a Party to take OVER!!!

But the RICO Statute and the Feds may be our only TRUE saving GRACE in all of this because our Legislature is just going to stonewall us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats as long as they can like they did with Governor Fitial — it’s just the GOP nature as they can’t help themselves it seems. All I can say is THANK God for the RICO Statute and the Feds or We the People would really be in real DEEP trouble under an unchecked Governor and I’m sure most readers will agree. This is not a witch hunt but a process to help us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats FIX our fledging and floundering Democracy.

Haven’t We the People suffered enough with what we now KNOW as being unnecessary austerity only to see our Legislature and AG watch us suffer again from the uncertainty and frustrations of a Federal Investigation that may very well takes months to complete and process through the Court. The Governor’s travel violations are a very SIMPLE matter and very CLEAR matters of ILLEGAL activity, yet our Legislature stonewalls us, our AG is silent and the Public Auditor, who was our HERO with Fitial, have yet to act on the violations of CNMI Laws — WHAT the HECK is GOING ON! When are the People ELECTED to protect and serve our Constitution, Laws and the PEOPLE! This is very SERIOUS stuff but their nonchalant behavior is NOT what we elected them to do, which is to do the extraordinary job of putting the Laws and the People FIRST over their dedication to any individual be it family or party member. To be continued: One People One Direction.

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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