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OPINION | Epitaph 133: Depending on failing students                      

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I HATE to say it but WE the People of the CNMI are literally waiting and depending upon a bunch of failing students (the Governor & his GOP Crew) to get us through this pandemic and the restart of our economy.

The CNMI is one of the EASIEST places on earth to build a defensive barrier and protect all the People of the CNMI from being infected yet WE continue to see ourselves hanging in the balance due to a leadership that is only managing the problem. The Governor should be WORKING the problem as there is a big difference between managing the work and leading the work. Leading a work effort means one must plan-ahead and look over the horizon to know what is coming and HOW to prepare for the best outcomes. Well, our Governor has been staring at the pandemic horizon for months now and he still hasn’t figured it out and his request for ideas just solidifies his ignorance and authenticates the fact that he is just managing the pandemic. There hasn’t been a word from the Governor nor the Legislature on restarting our economy as the only thing we have heard was the ridiculous “high-end tourism” that’s YEARS off —which is really NOTHING!

I wrote about how the Governor was just managing the pandemic before but I have to say something because he is not getting any better but in fact WORSE. I will give CHCC and the Taskforce an “A” for their part and the Governor does get credit for putting the initial measures in place to address the virus coming in but that is where it stops as there has been no progress. We are virtually still in the “same position with the virus” that we were over a month ago and that should not be the case. Given the virus must first enter the CNMI through our Airport and community spread can be determined within a two-week period it doesn’t make sense that none of our islands have yet to be declared “FREE” of the virus. If the Governor would institute the proper mandatory quarantine for ALL and follow the proper procedure time to release a person into the community the CNMI should be virus-free, duh! I’m not a scientist but I do have common sense to know that within two-weeks after the close-down of the CNMI should we should have been able to get a handle on the virus but that didn’t happen. The Governor is just letting us linger around in the community with no knowledge of community spreading and hot-spots or villages with no plan to declare the CNMI FREE of the Virus which is why I say he is failing.

Our Legislature is failing too as Stacey Abrams might say, “Silence Damns them ALL” (the GOP) for not saying nor really doing anything to hold the Governor accountable for at least some of his many iniquities of sins like stealing OUR money, evils of his politics with appointments & hiring, ethical injustices with furloughs and now MORE criminal injustices with favoritism-contracts and the list goes on. I hope readers heard the Democrat Chair Woman on Kandit telling it-like-it-is and I even told readers when the first investigation was authorized by the Speaker on the Governor’s use of OUR money that NOTHING would happen until election season and I was right as readers can see. Now the Speaker wants to “try to act like he is holding the Governor accountable” true to my prediction now that its election season.  I also said that nothing final would come of any investigation by the Legislature until AFTER the election and how I hope and pray I was wrong about it but we will just have to wait and see.

It has to be really be obvious to voters why the Speaker is now trying to make it seem like he really wants to place a check on the Governor — Election Politics to save his seat.  But if readers don’t know or can’t remember, the Speaker and his crew are following an OLD GOP Play-book “play” that WE the People have ALL seen before with the Governor Fitial fiasco and the Independent Republicans who emerged pretending to care soooo much only to show their real Republican colors once re-elected. WE the People with common sense are not falling for that FAKE Independent Candidate Play again.  So take it from me and you heard it first from me that WE the People can expect some “FAKE Independents” in this election so be ready, watching and waiting to X them off your voting list. I’m sure there will be two or three REAL and Honorable Independents that will run in this election so don’t get the FAKE Independents confused with the REAL Independents. Just letting voters know what to expect so hopefully WE the People don’t end up failing the test in the voting booth and end up depending upon failing students anymore. To be continued: One People One Direction.

The writer is a retired teacher, former CNMI Board of Education Member, James Madison Fellow (U.S. Constitutional Scholar) and a Fulbright-Hays Foreign Scholar who resides in Kagman III.

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