Of politics and evil


People from all walks of life have said their piece about politics and the vicious accompanying evil in hardship born by public officials’ ineptitude. Even those who supported folks now at the helm speak evil of their choice. Little do they realize that it became a collective evil when they voted for these folks a year or so ago.

Someone related how “we recognize that the main face of evil is corruption.” I’m not surprised at the fixation to corruption or the refrain that repeats itself about evil for we only know too well what happened here in recent past or since 1979. The game is limited to politicians and their crony business partners. Fortunately, it begins and ends there too.

The fear of everybody else beneath this social strata or level centers around other things, basically about urgent family needs, foreclosures and homelessness, inability to meet health cost, inadequate, unsteady and stagnant income and the evil of destitution that it brings to families.

It is the powerful and their biz cronies who engage in corruption. It involves money and power the simple folks have very little of both. It’s a buy-and-sell deal. “It needs power or positions of power and money or what money can buy. To resolve use of corruption buyers and sellers must be dissuaded or punished with consistency and severity.

Lest we forget, money and power are two faces of the same coin or “sometimes the same two faces on each side.” And it stares at your sorrowful face and sticky fingers!

If you will money and power are the two main traits of leadership or more often than not they have been the only traits. “That is why with all the billions of human beings who have walked this earth we cannot fill a few pages with names of leaders who had wisdom aside from wealth and power,” writes Inquirer columnist Jose Montelibano. “To expect wisdom from holders of great wealth and power, then, is going against all odds. Once in a while, it happens, but like once in a blue moon.”

Here at home we know most politicians aren’t rich, but we also know those who have compromised integrity to sell to wealthy donors. I’ve seen how certain candidates had their expenses paid for by their so-called rich donors. Embarrassing that they don’t know that we know why the wide smile on their faces stretching from ear to ear. No worries! We will also show you that there’s such a thing as the sunset of your smile into one long frown in sorrowful regret!

Finding the disadvantaged

In case you’re suffering from a senior’s moment (dementia) may I take the pleasure to give you a run down of folks or disadvantaged you seem to have conveniently skipped in recent past.

These are folks who had to muddle through their day yearning for some semblance of hope that they’d find brighter days ahead. It’s the folks who had to juggle the same 20-year salaries that haven’t seen any increase since then.

They include food stamp recipients, private sector employees who had to take cuts because the company is hardly making ends meet, those immediately above the threshold of poverty income level who had to weather the wraths of income inadequacies, among others.

At the very core of the staple of negligence you’ve dished out against thousands of families you probably are quizzing what are you supposed to do to mediate the deepening hardship at home? Didn’t you boasts of being the “solutions driven” team?

May we know what specific solutions have you undertaken to assist families meet basic needs? I mean beyond junkets to Fiji, DC and Tobi, name a specific measure so designed by real expert economic planners to improve family income in the near term?

The answer is quite simple: provide the disadvantaged “an equal playing field” and empower them the opportunity to live decently right here at home. Otherwise, they’d be “evacuating” beyond the imaginary borders of the NMI. What would you want them to remember you by in terms of your legacy? Do we settle for negligence or how you’ve succumbed to donors who have turned you into their lapdogs?

Rota Dialysis: There’s pompous and disoriented statements about the Rota Hemodialysis plan as though it’s neglected. Not quite and it goes into substantive issues way beyond the shallow politics that grandly fails to address the medical and core issues dealing with Type II diabetes or end stage renal failure.

The facility would be woefully expensive. It would require an emergency room. This component is a must. For instance, when a dialysis patient suffers from a stroke or heart attack, he is rushed to the ER for a revival treatment. It would require a medical expert and his/her team or ER staff. And nearly everyone would have to be hired from without the NMI.

It would also need a nephrologist with an annual salary of not less than $200,000 and at least four dialysis nurses. Both costs are highly prohibitive for CHC to defray. Furthermore, the cost of treatment for dialysis patients is paid for either by Medicaid or Medicare with local participation. This issue is handled by CHC and the hospital can’t afford losing either for it is a major source of income for medical and core operations.

A single major issue we’ve opted to ignore though highly responsible for renal failure is found in our food loaded with tons of salt. The only way out of this mess is to do dietary frontal attack where salt is reduced, including sugar and fatal animal fat. It’s in our food. Let’s do something about it so we could cancel treatment for politicians suffering from diarrhea of the mouth.

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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