DC political earthquake


The defeat of a well-placed Washington political insider was dismissed as highly unlikely. But the powerful temblor of rejection of Eric Cantor turns prescient when the chips were down. It confirms that even brilliant political careers are relegated to the sunset when you fail to listen to the voice of “we the people.”

This is what happened to Rep. Eric Cantor who suffered a crushing defeat from what many considered a “nominal” challenger in Dave Brat, an economics professor. His victory poked the D.C. establishment so accustomed to catering to the “haves” over the “have nots.” People no longer trust Washington.

The victor has opened up a hopeful break of new morning returning government to the people where it rightfully belongs using the basic tenet of “government of the people…” founded on Judeo-Christian values. Deadbeat Washington needs a major overhaul and work has begun though long the journey may be. Eventually, we would see change including the ouster of Sen. Harry Reid.

Cantor’s shocking defeat is a clear indication what happens when you fail to “listen” to your people. Here the eventual verdict of the people you’ve treated with arrogance and disdain isn’t far-fetched from this national political earthquake. For the “do-nothings” here, be on guard in that this political virus has turned pandemic.

Local incumbent leadership has obviously failed to listen to the “will of the people.” It is now prepping for a taste of its own medicine this coming Nov. 4. It’s déjà vu 1979!  Yes, even the sun sets on power drunk politicians.

Chilly air of summer

The combined effect of El Niño/La Niña weather leaves us with extraordinary heat. But I feel a certain chill as the national debate on the prisoner swap of renowned terrorists with our very own traitor picks up steam. President Obama said in 2012 that al-Qaida is on the run. They’ve regrouped, sir, and have returned even stronger ready to kill more of our own.

Moreover, there’s the massive influx of people at the Arizona and Texas border. It’s a disastrous human crisis popped open by President Obama’s unilateral imposition of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. This policy must have reached countries to the south thus the swarm of illegals by the thousands crossing the border since last week.

Even more troubling is the use of illegal immigrants as shields by drug cartels to move potent contraband into the U.S.  Border patrol officers attending to young innocent kids placing them in shelters later learned that their extended job was a diversion. While these urgent issues explode on the national scene, Obama heads to California for a political fundraiser and a round of golf.

His policy of withdrawal from Iraq, Ukraine, and Afghanistan has opened up a vacuum now being filled by the most vicious criminals who hated our country. They seem to know that our country has weakened considerably, paralyzed by unworkable defense and foreign policies.

A national columnist warned, “Leadership is not about things being easy. It’s about taking the really tough decisions, and sometimes getting things wrong. But above all else it’s about being there, having your hand firmly on the rudder, and letting everyone know what you stand for and what you won’t stand for.”

Obama’s priorities aren’t focused on problem solving as much as addressing diversionary issues just to hear his voice. Could someone carry the teleprompter to the rest room and every tee box? His misperception and lapses in leadership would reach the NMI by way of higher power bills when Iraqi oil spikes.

Staying constitutional

The appropriation of $100,000 to pay for the operations and functions of the NMD office has drawn the ire of both NMDs and locals not associated with the group.

A number of issues emerge from the intent of the measure: 1). Can the delegation appropriate funds solely the purview of DPL given its broad constitutional mandate in the “use, management and disposition” of public land? 2.) Isn’t DPL constitutionally mandated to remit to MPLT funds for purposes of investment? 3.) Legislative appropriation is limited to interest earned turned over to the NMI general fund. 4.) Was the appropriation in the “public interest”?

Appalling the apparent blindness of the chief author of families braving main roads, fundraising for loved ones needing off-island medical referral. And Ms. F. Ogumuro wants everything handed on a silver platter?

The issue instantly turns political—and it did—and humiliating the shallow justification that falls way short of reasonable expectation how to handle indigenous issues. How does Ogumuro justify indigenous control of the islands yet voted for casino that violates her initial premise? It isn’t surprising her consistency in inconsistency asymmetrical (illogical) from A-Z!

Ignoring needs of our people

We’ve been grappling with issues usually leaving gatherings without providing realistic solutions on the needs of the indigenous people. The sum of $100,000 could serve as seed funding to begin serious education and training programs for our people regardless of their stations today.

A recent study says that less that 50 percent have had the benefit of educational training confirming that non-citizens are the better-trained workers. Isn’t this statistic a jolting phenomenon requiring leadership to reassess the education and training of indigenous U.S. citizens?

The wagon of mañana on so-called indigenous rights has careened off the road. Wagon and bull have each gone in different directions. Passengers are stuck looking for some cool tree shades nearby to rest and figure out their destinations. Lest some guidance is provided, it’s a trip into the Disneyland of Disorientation, time and again.

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Ooops! A tipster related that legislative consultants are accorded gas cards for their use. Consultants? Isn’t this the highest paid bunch among staff people? Must taxpayers also bear the brunt of the spoils? I think the public auditor should probe this issue. All users must pay back what’s owed taxpayers! Gee! No conscience what the multitude had to ensure daily?

John S. Del Rosario Jr. | Contributing Author
John DelRosario Jr. is a former publisher of the Saipan Tribune and a former secretary of the Department of Public Lands.

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