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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Historic impeachment

The CNMI not only made news but history as well. This is the first time that its Legislature impeached its governor after 35 years of self-government. It’s another towering rebuke of the four servile Republicans in the House. What does it all mean?

The impeachment measure—basically a list of accusations—now moves to the Senate. Senators must review and probe every accusation to see if it rises to the level of criminality. If the accusations are confirmed, senators must vote either to convict or acquit the governor. It takes six votes to convict.

For now, let the process take its full course. Some of the accusations would stick while others could slip through the cracks. One thing’s for sure: It requires ripe intellectual acuity and integrity to complete what’s predicted to be a protracted process.

Pro-impeachment lawmakers echo the sentiment that their vote depicts the conclusive and decisive demand of the multitude to end corruption and lack of transparency in government. “With economic misery where more than 6,000 people are jobless, loss of businesses prompted by the horrendous cost of utilities which in turn translate to far less revenue, all point to the failure of this administration to improve the lot of our people in the villages,” relates an IR lawmaker.

Our people wanted to limit its public officials to doing “what’s right,” an authority further limited by the principle of the “consent of the governed.” There’s no spill over. That voice came with a near total sweep of a “servile” GOP soundly turned statistics last November. More overly ambitious lawmakers may be on their way out and their future rests on their disposition of the impeachment resolution. It may be pure speculation but take another ocular review of how the multitude voted last November.

The verdict from the multitude also demonstrates political maturity. The “silent majority” isn’t prepared to look the other way. It has begun the long journey to recapturing and rebuilding a deserving paradise for posterity. It isn’t ready to be the persistent recipient of this administration’s crown jewel of depravity and subterranean economic misery, nor is it prepared to brave hugging the fading glow of a trophy chiseled with economic disaster at home on every corner.

House Republicans failed to derail the impeachment counts using “actual commission” of a crime as a basis. But this is solely the purview of the Senate. It ignored the “reasonable suspicion” set as parameters in determining the legitimacy of each count. Its position again places politics over the welfare and voice of the multitude. This view and careers of the servile few would also pass into oblivion in the next election.

Difficult the task ahead of the NMI, recapturing our future and the responsibility for forging brighter tomorrows for our children return to the foundation of “We the people”—the multitude.

The incumbent Republican administration hasn’t taken any decisive strides to improve the lot of the people. It has lost its true north (leadership). The multitude isn’t ready for another year or so of grand negligence and incompetence, panting for air in the sea of subterranean economic misery.

The consequence of mind-numbing hardship has become too hard a nut to chew. The thunderous voice of the multitude speaks volumes after six long years of being heavily battered and neglected by the man at the helm. No mas!

Mindfulness and leadership

There’s a direct relationship in leadership with “true north” and what’s known in management as “mindfulness.” In short, it embraces not necessarily a celebration of your post at the pinnacle of your career, but a return to visiting people who played a role in your journey upstairs.

Indeed, few folks (at the outset of their career) plan to behave dishonestly and hurt others. “But then they started making exception to the rules ‘just this once,’" according to Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, addressing this topic in his HBR article, How Will You Measure Your Life?

Students are advised to look from within as they plan their careers. “We are challenging students to think hard about their definition of success and what’s important in their lives,” according to Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School.

“Instead of viewing success as reaching a certain position or achieving a certain net worth, we encourage these future leaders to see success as making a positive difference in the lives of their colleagues, their organizations, their families, and society as a whole.

“It enables second-year MBAs to ground their careers in their beliefs, values, and principles, following the authentic leadership process described in my 2007 book, True North. The key is to stay grounded and authentic, face new challenges with humility, and balance professional success with more important but less easily quantified measures of personal success.”

Both recommend introspective practice like meditation or prayers. “The pursuit of mindful leadership will help you achieve clarity about what is important to you and a deeper understanding of the world around you. Mindfulness will help you clear away the trivia and needless worries about unimportant things, nurture passion for your work and compassion for others, and develop the ability to empower the people” you represent.

Seems a missing working vocabulary here among the “we few” elected elite, true?


Our sails are torn

Seven years ago I headed Fitial’s committee-to-elect, loaded with enthusiasm and conviction to make a difference by embracing the concept of “wealth and jobs creation.”

Three years ago, however, I made the intuitive decision to resign as secretary of DPL, sensing that something’s gone woefully wrong somewhere. The commitment to improve the lot of the multitude disappeared into the sinkhole of negligence.

“Wealth and jobs creation” morphed and devolved into real-time poverty. I’m still appalled at the tidal shift that included serious breach of integrity or a shift from real-time partnership in collective progress to one of unilateral acquisition of the power of corruption. Is it really that easy ignoring the virtue of integrity over greed for the want of more power beyond the “consent of the governed”?

Seven years later (today), I sit in my veranda quizzing whether I deserve the any iota of humiliation perpetrated by this administration I helped into office nearly a decade ago. I wasn’t a part of the mess so I’d leave it at their front door.

How sad the wind. Fitial did nothing but rip his own sail navigating a troubled canoe and ready to take a permanent dive into the deepest part of the Pacific Ring of Fire!

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