We retreat to the quiet corner of our minds trying to make sense of the moronic mess in Washington. At day’s end, we’re convinced the entire Washington town has lost its true north.
Take a glimpse at polls how fellow Americans rate Obama’s economic performance. It has slipped to 56 percent while Congress received a
stinging 82 percent disapproval.
In other words, Washington has ignored the voice of the American people who yearn for economic opportunities, founded and nurtured by first principles. Washington simply insulated itself, including an exemption against the horrendously costly Obamacare while the rest of citizenry must deal with it. Call it federal bullying unprecedented in U.S. history.
With this in mind, imagine how we’ve fared situated remotely from mainstream US of A. Does it matter to Washington how its federalization policies annihilated or completely destroyed fragile island economies?
I’m not peddling a view. You be the judge by doing due diligence, chronicling what went wrong or right in paradise. Such decision robs the feds of its credibility. As if the destruction isn’t enough, we doubled up scorching what’s left of the economy with piles of fees and taxes.
Revisiting the ‘Dream’
Ironically, it was this month some 50 years ago when the most famous iconic message “I Have A Dream” was eloquently articulated by the late Dr. Martin Luther King. In the fight for freedom, equality, and justice Dr. King said: “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.”
“This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘Unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds."
“But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
Whether we refuse acknowledging the drain on the bank of justice, it is clear that the concept of “gradualism” is part and whole of how the feds extend justice to these isles. Reality clearly sets the truth that it has been and continues to be a scheme of “divide and conquer.” As citizens situated in the periphery, we often quiz whatever happened to our “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
A constitutionally protected pension
Though it is understood the fiscal posture of the NMI amidst significant drop in revenue, there’s still the issue of fidelity to the rule of constitutional law included in the local Constitution, protecting against diminishing retirees’ pension.
In other words, the only way it could be scrapped is through a voter-approved initiative. This hasn’t happened. Thus it tells us two things upfront:
1.) Nobody is authorized to reduce pension for retirees given that local pension is constitutionally protected.
2). The court’s intervention would have the equivalence of judicial overreach. Its role is limited to interpreting the constitutionality of pension protection provision that isn’t an issue before it.
In short, the governor is prohibited from any arbitrary reduction in retirees’ pension. The court is equally prohibited from approving any settlement agreement that is in violation of a constitutionally protected pension from the outset. Are we clear on this score?
Furthermore, “a government employee can have his wages reduced, be required to pay more for his health benefits, or even be laid off, but the structure of his retirement benefits cannot be altered from the moment he enters public service.”
Of course, retirees who’ve opted to follow the settlement agreement feel cornered like beaten dogs. Many are pondering the willful agenda and infinite wisdom of so-called leadership to recklessly destroy the solvency of the Fund. Well, let’s see if they can fix the mess with more failed promises of “better times.” It’s something to remember as we sift through the hardship we had to endure since recent past.
A Chamoru group performed in Taiwan in recent past. It showed its fabricated Chamorro indigenous chant that has no ties with Chamorro ancestral history. It’s pure fabrication! The fun part of the show was after the performance when a member of the audience asked if the group came from Africa!
But then it’s the net result of cultural fabrication for the want of money. Or is it a case of gradual “re-acculturation” after years of complete adoption of another’s cultural ways? Does it grant the superficially anointed master of local arts and culture to fabricate chants and dances that are basically a violation of cultural tradition?