Marianas Variety

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    Wednesday, March 29, 2017-3:03:59P.M.






Confederacy of fools

THE blame for the current problems of the CNMI should be placed directly on those who voted for Benigno R. Fitial to become governor.

I often think about how the CNMI might have been a different place if someone else had been elected. I attended many of the meetings of the 16th Legislature and I saw first-hand that many legislators had good ideas about how to fix our problems. In contrast, Mr. Fitial has had poor ideas that usually ended up with him declaring a “State of Emergency” that does not solve any problems; the SOEs just delayed the problems.

Recently, I received an e-mail from an unknown author that I thought applied directly to the CNMI. I just inserted a few terms that made it apply to us.

“The danger to the CNMI is not Benigno R. Fitial, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the governorship. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Fitial governorship than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their governor. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Fitial, who is a mere symptom of what ails the CNMI. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that deemed him their prince. The commonwealth can survive a Benigno Fitial, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their governor.”

Change only comes when the people change. The people seem to keep doing the same things over and over! We may even get another “Fitial” type person as our new governor in two years if the people do not wake up and face the fact: everything Governor Fitial (and his politician friends) touch get dirty. I pray that the people change to help themselves to save their quality of life, culture and traditions, follow the rule of law, and protect the health of the people of the CNMI. Most of the people in the CNMI are not fools, but if they cannot learn from the recent past and change, this statement may be open to question.

We have passed the tipping point. If change does not happen now it may be too late for this generation.

Capital Hill, Saipan