The time to act is now

Posted on Oct 13 2011

I have called for action many times in the past, and have had very little, if any, success. However, with recent events in the CNMI and the world, I cannot afford to remain silent any longer.

We can’t just sit back and “see what will happen”; we need to be the change we wish to see in our country and in our world. We need to take action now or forever be victims of the status quo and degrading quality of life worldwide. Join the rest of the world, CNMI. It is high time we realize that we are part of the global community.

There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in thousands of cities across the world, or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal politicians on Capitol Hill and accelerated destruction of the socioeconomic system that sustains our islands, or remain the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt, or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel fighting for freedom from the status quo or a slave to it.

This is your calling, people of the CNMI. The time is now. “If not now, when? If not us, who?” No one is going to come in and save us from our problems, because we are the cause of the very problems that we face. We must undergo a paradigm shift if anything is to change for the better in the Marianas. This is that shift. On Oct. 15, we must unite against the system that has brought our country to the very situation that it is in today.

You have seen it yourself: politicians going on junkets and enjoying fine dining and luxury accommodations on the taxpayer’s dime, legislators ignoring the will of the people and pushing through bills to benefit the few elite on island, legislators introducing nonsense bills that serve no purpose in the improvement of the CNMI as a whole. These are just a few examples of the corruption in our government.

When will you remember that they work for us? When will you remember all the promises they made when they were asking for our vote; the very promises that to this day are still unfulfilled? It seems that along with our elected officials, we, too, have forgotten that they exist to serve us, the people of the CNMI. It is time to take the power back!

When will you say enough is enough!? This is the time to do so. You are not alone. We are not alone. On this day, we stand tall with our brothers and sisters across the globe in fighting against government and corporate corruption. The whole world is watching, CNMI. Do not be left behind in this global movement. You want international exposure? This is it.

Rally in Susupe at the Civic Center on the morning of Oct. 15, 2011. View the event information and RSVP at:

Kelvin Rodeo
Glendale, CA

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