Voters must review!


An interesting sentiment is emerging relating to voter dissatisfaction over policymakers they feel is ill-equipped to handle matters of state.

In fairness to policymakers, it’s good to redirect the delusional expression right back at voters: the die is cast. You placed them there! What’s the basis of your Johnny-Come-Lately expression? Understood the sentiment laced with frustration.

Goes to show that politics is fluid and the state of fluidity constantly shifts tides and moods. Did you forget that you factor directly into the apparently mounting mess? It’s good to hear your dissatisfied expression but look at your five fingers to ensure three aren’t pointing right back at you!

To reconcile the issue only means one thing: voters must exercise critical review of a candidate’s qualifications before marking them off. It should grant them time to learn of credentials, depth of vision and conviction, among others. It’s all at the palm of your hands.

Mirror it against the state task at hand so you secure your answer forthwith. I know how easy it is to simply ride the noisy bandwagon of partisanship come hell or high water. But with a sense of humility you should ably decide the future of our people over whimsically spineless, hollow, shallow and raucous political answers of the moment.

Confusion: It piqued my curiosity the new slugfest between individual federal judges and President Trump recently on “nationwide injunctions that block policies from enforcement”, per a Fox News story.

“Now the Trump administration is fighting back, actively looking for a case to take to the Supreme Court in an effort to reassert the authority of the president and limit that of the judiciary.

“These nationwide injunctions have frustrated presidential policy for most of the President’s term with no clear end in sight,” Attorney General William Barr said in a speech Tuesday. “One judge can, in effect, cancel the policy with the stroke of the pen,” according to Fox News.

“Barr and Vice President Pence have been leading the very public effort to highlight what they say is a federal court system out of control. The administration makes the point nationwide injunctions have occurred more during this presidency than all others combined.

“We believe that needs to change,” Pence said on “Fox News @ Night” last week. “We believe that’s really a distortion of the separation of powers and the balance of powers in our constitution. And so we’re going to be looking for a case to take the issue of national injunctions all the way to the Supreme Court.” It’s headed to court for clarification, a good issue for continuing students of government.

Resiliency: Slammed by two succeeding storms and exit of Nippon investments, our jaws dropped caught in disorientation, confused.

Placed in the sea of abject poverty and hardship admirable the sense of indigenous resiliency making the best of what’s left at home. We get up the next day to begin clearing destruction while ensuring there’s a roof over our heads for the evening. It’s all hard work from dawn to dusk.

Had to spend the whole day clearing downed trees around the yard. By eight in the evening, I was ready for a clean up and supper after more than eight hours of sheer hard work. The quick shift in work, after being relegated to my laptop for years, was a bit hard and heavy. It wasn’t optional either!

From dawn, everybody in the neighborhood was busy with chain saw cutting trunks and large branches of fallen trees. By late afternoon, it’s collect and dump in order to clear and clean the yard once more. Being in the typhoon belt usually means an occasional visit by uninvited visitors like Yutu.

Cut! The front page of local papers is replete with stories of budgetary shortfall all over government recently. The new thematic word, again, is “cut” lest bankruptcy slides in comfortably.

Reportedly, Senate President Victor Hokog contemplates cutting expenses forthwith. His decision is an iconic marksman of a seasoned public servant. Anything from the lower chamber or is it relegated to “ke sera” or “not yet, already?”

Either it’s done or we engage unnecessarily in what’s known as deficit spending. Reduction in revenue is part and whole of the deepening economic contraction at home. It’s happening and there’s no sign of it leveling off anytime soon. Thus, collective prudence becomes a matter of necessity.

Tufai: The term is local for old age. How do you know you’re already there? When you open the newspaper and head straight to the “obituary” before checking the headlines!

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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