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Epitaph of CNMI’s democracy | 73: Greatness on the horizon to ‘save NMI from Republicans’

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FOR SURE, it will take a GREAT leader to resurrect our dead Democracy as for the longest-of-time I have been saying the CNMI truly needs a GREAT leader to come along as they are often far and few in-between.

Well it seems the Democrats have been blessed and embraced by a TRUE Warrior OF the People who is FOR the People and he has been battle-tested in many foreign military theaters over his 21 years of service to our nation. There is no doubt by his impressive accolades alone with the fact that Dr. Lawrence Camacho is a man with the character of a noble family man who truly cares about HIS People which he is proving by his desire to come home after 21 years of military life to HELP his People. And just because he resided on Guam where he could get a legitimate job comparable to his qualification it should not be held against him as we should be WELCOMING him home, not throwing stones for absolutely NO reason other than being UGLY!

There is soooo much negativity in the air of the CNMI surrounding our Government that it adversely affects people’s thoughts which is why the Democrat Chairwoman is calling for POSITIVE ENERGY in the hopes of creating the synergy necessary to get rid of the GOP and their corruption and to fix their many failures. Dr. and retired Lt. Col. Lawrence F. Camacho called on the local Democrats to “save the Commonwealth from negligent Republicans” and no one can say he is wrong if they are aware of the facts surrounding our Governor and his Crew who refuse to hold him accountable in OUR Legislature and the GOP President had the NERVE to TELL US SO — wow! It is truly time for VOTERS to send a message to the GOP and the entire Commonwealth that WE the People will not tolerate a corrupt Government that does not work for the People — a simple message that will resolve many complicated issues facing the people and the CNMI by firing many if not all the GOP and employing the RIGHT People with the RIGHT Stuff behind the RIGHT Leader to run OUR Government.

I have always been an admirer of GREATNESS be it sports, social champions, economic champions and even political champions. But the whimsical thing about greatness is that “greatness can only be achieved when the opportunity presents itself” and the Governor and GOP have certainly set the conditions for GREATNESS in the CNMI given the mess they have made with the casino our Government and our Economy. I’m sure most people with common sense KNOW that WE the People of the CNMI could use some political greatness. I can remember talking to my high school classes on Government about how the CNMI has yet to have a truly GREAT leader like an FDR, MLK and others in American History. While nothing is formal or official about Dr. Camacho and his leadership, he is obviously needed in the CNMI given his natural origins, his extraordinary education & experiences in leadership and the high quality of his moral fiber and character. I’m sure that anyone who reads his “bio” will agree with me that Dr. Camacho is the perfect person at the perfect place in space and time to come to the RESCUE of the CNMI.

There will always be doubters casting all kinds of unfounded false accusation about anyone who wants to lead or run for office but I am hopeful that the more civil voters of the CNMI will take the objective “wait & see” stance of view which is the same stance the Chamorro/Carolinian ancestors took when the Spanish left and the Germans arrived. Readers, especially voters, should not buy-into the subjective and misleading comments about Dr. Camacho by GOP emissaries because the CNMI is on the verge of leadership change without any doubt and the BEST thing that every voter can do is to get educated on the people and the issues and be open-minded and objective” about the Democrats and Dr. Camacho who is a TRUE Patriot of the CNMI and our great nation who deserves our very BEST respect and our best behavior in the Political Arena.

But it is what Dr. Camacho said in his keynote speech that is truly the BEEF in the sandwich of hope he described for the CNMI figuratively. It was if he has been living here all along in his description of WHAT the GOP has done and WHAT the GOP has failed to do! He was spot-on with his recognition “of the corruption and malpractice that the Republican Party has and continues to demonstrate” and the fact that “we know that we, the Democratic Party, are at a special place, both in space and time” to end the horrible governing that has been going on. Dr. Camacho knows as a military strategist of the highest battlefield order that WE the People must start fighting NOW to take back our Government because he knows like I’ve been telling readers all along that “wars are not won in one day at the ballot box as elections are marathons not a sprint” and the voting only reflects the entire journey of a society over the last two & four years.

When Dr. Camacho mentioned that WE the People “have given the Republican Party more than enough chances. Our people have entrusted the Republicans for more than enough years to make a difference in the lives of our people, and yet we, the ordinary people, always get the debauched end of the bargain.” I couldn’t help but to think about several past elections in which the coconut wire was full of messages to not vote for someone because “THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE” and it worked mainly because it was TRUE. Well, it’s time to think about the same formula for the mid-term and the general elections because the GOP has certainly had their chance for over two decades. Over a full decade of the GOP’s emphasis was spent on promoting the casino that was denied twice by the People but ended up being literally FORCED down our throats — this is a clear example that our GOP is not a Government that respects the People.

Dr. Camacho continued to unintentionally touch base with me and my Epitaphs when he said “while some of the elite in the Republican Party are living large, the rest of us are at risk of losing our beautiful paradise. I thought about us-folks-in-the-cheap-seats because WE are the ones he was talking about as he was right about NMI Republican Party being completely for themselves and their families but completely oblivious to the calculated and negatively impactful consequences of their actions on locals and especially the poor. If there had truly been progress in the CNMI the poverty level would have gone done which is a MAJOR indicator of the real progress of a society. He even confirmed what I was saying two or three years ago and more recently in my Epitaphs that our Governor and his GOP Legislature have been selling us out to the Chinese Investors, as he said the Governor and Legislature have been, “recklessly selling our Commonwealth, and with violations of ethical standards, mind you.” THANK YOU Dr. Camacho for your unintentional vindication on some of these important things that I have been talking about for years but are only NOW coming to the forefront after the FBI raids.

It is clear Dr. Camacho is a symbol of greatness by his many accomplishments and it is his kind of greatness that WE the People need more than ever in the CNMI. He is a real strategist who knows HOW to look over the horizon for what we are facing and for what is needed to champion our challenges in the Political Arena to help the People and our Commonwealth to truly prosper. He urged the NMI Democrats to “act now and with diligence — craft the best possible stratagem to win in this midterm election and in the 2022 gubernatorial election.” He knows the RIGHT Direction that WE the People should take as One People headed in One Direction for GREATNESS with a NEW Government — it’s really that simple. We should ALL be proud of the CNMI’s Native Son and thankful that he has returned to help save the NMI from the Republicans! To be continued: One People One Direction for GREATNESS in the future of the CNMI!

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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