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OPINION: Reversals on immigration policies

PRESIDENT Trump’s immigration policies are tearing families apart but he blames the Democrats for the hot potato issue.

In the U.S., nationwide, 2,000 children were torn apart from their families and I wonder how many families in the CNMI are affected too?

It’s important to keep families together no matter what the circumstances. It’s no different from how the Oregon Democrats took away my right to visit my wife.

Democrats can argue their case but what they did to me is no different from what Trump and the GOP are doing to families everywhere today.

Both parties abuse their power in office. Both parties are committing the same abuses to families.

I cannot forgive the Oregon Democrats for kidnapping my wife and taking away my visiting rights. I will never give up. I will fight every day to have access and visit my wife.

Perhaps one of the easiest commands to understand is one of the hardest to attain: love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Loving someone as much as you love yourself means treating them as you would treat yourself. It means taking care of them as you would take care of yourself.

It requires sacrifice to put their needs above your own. Take a few minutes to think about what those sacrifices would look like in your life today because that’s what I do.

Just imagine seeing your neighbors caught in a destructive typhoon. You’re responsible for bringing them into your typhoon-proof concrete house. It’s their safety first. Your neighbors need shelter and refuge in your concrete house. Save them from the typhoon. It’s the right thing to do.

The hardest thing in life is to have a mindful perspective. As humans we are naturally short-sighted and we struggle daily to see what’s beyond our immediate circumstances.

And yet our mindset changes everything. It frees us from worry and anxiety so we can rest in peace and stay calm, regardless of trials or turbulence.

No matter how hard we suffer or struggle, we must always strive to overcome our difficulties to redeem ourselves and restore normalcy in our lives as we go forward.

On Father’s Day, the empathy taught to us by our fathers is a lesson we must carry on. It is one of our greatest gifts: our family values.

We all share this gift as humankind. It’s our way of sharing the load in our pain or triumph because we’re all involved in this journey. We are not alone. We are here to help each other.

Empathy is acknowledging that, without going through specifically what the other person is going through, you know how they feel.

We are all humans, and we all know what it is to cry, laugh and experience pain or happiness. It’s part of our human. Even a small effort to understand one another can be life-changing.

I was happy visiting my wife in the hospital because, for better or for worst, I am responsible for my wife’s needs and it’s better to love her in misery then to love her in death.

But when the Oregon health authority took away my visiting rights I wondered if  I was living in China or North Korea because that’s what Communist countries do to families.

The Oregon state hospital and Multnomah county officials put my life in crisis and when I emailed the governor of Oregon, they decided that I should undergo mental health treatment which is so pathetic, immoral and unjust.

No one understands how sensitive I am to those around me. If I see any unfairness, I will speak out because my mission in life is to be a powerful advocate for human rights and to fight for justice for all humankind today.

The pain, heartache, anger and the frustration I am going through right now only make me stronger to fight for justice more than ever.

In closing, I want to know what kind of work ethics, principle or golden rule politicians practice today because both parties abuse their power when in office.

We must examine and check our hearts. Love neutralizes sinfulness.

The writer is a resident of Portland, Oregon.