The Road to Self Determination
There are a number of people wanting to walk down the road to self determination without knowing what self determination really is.
No amount of ranting about self determination is going to give the movement champions any kind of mandate, when for forty years they have aggressively refused to take the first step towards self determination; which is to ask the people what political status they want. So I did.
The results are what I expected, and probably what all the self determination leaders knew in their hearts, but didn’t want to hear because they would’ve lost the justification for high paying government jobs and Federal Grants. Below are survey results of 743 adult residents (3.58% Margin of Error) asked two questions about political status:
Are you in favor of Government of Guam spending taxpayer dollars to fund efforts to change Guam’s political status from our current “Unincorporated Territory of the United States” to some other kind of political status?
Yes: 33% No: 67%
What is your preferred Political Status?
No Change: 54% Statehood: 24% Independence: 22%
Based on survey results; the majority of residents are satisfied with the current political status, a super majority of residents are satisfied with or want closer ties to the United States, and a minority of people want Independence at this time. And that makes sense when you consider that Guam is not ready for self determination and won’t be for a very long time, if ever.
I know there are a number of people who don’t want to hear that, because it minimizes the justification for government funding for their jobs. But if they really want to change the political status of Guam, they are going to have to do more than rant about the need to change political status, and do things to prepare for changing political status.
No amount of ranting about self determination is going to make Guam ready for self determination. Passing our own Constitution and assuming more governmental power locally will.
No amount of ranting about self determination is going to make Guam ready for self determination, when we refuse to delink from the US IRS Tax Code because so many people believe our people, and our government, are incapable of designing and managing a local tax code.
More than anything else, self determination is an individual choice. No amount of ranting about self determination is going make Guam a standalone self-sufficient governing entity, when the people believe corruption takes place by politically well connected insiders who care more about getting richer, than they do about the quality of life being lived by the people they supposedly govern.
When you have a population that lives in fear of the government and its ministers; that’s not a population ready for self determination.
When you have a population trapped in working poverty, that is willing to overlook the excesses of politicians and appointees in hopes of getting a government job themselves; that’s not a population ready for self determination.
When the local economy is heavily dependent on funding from the government of the United States; that’s not a population ready for self determination.
Democracy is supposedly a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. But when political apathy results in the election of politicians that care more for their own personal financial security than the financial security of the people, we end up with a government of politically well connected insiders, for politically well connected insiders, by politically well connected insiders; that is not a population ready for self determination.
Here is my status quo. I live on Guam. I am not happy with a lot of the actions elected and appointed official take, and I make sure they know it. I go to public hearings and testify a lot. I even submit bills that I think will help make Guam a better place.
When I see government officials engage in activity that I believe is against the “common good,” I call them on it. When I see senators introduce pork barrel legislation designed to plunder public funds or assets for the benefit of a few politically well connected insiders, I testify against it and broadcast information to the public so others are aware of when and how politicians try to pick our pockets.
I hold politicians and government officials accountable for their actions, and I don’t let politicians operate against the people or common good in the dark.
I take the time and make the effort whenever I can to make Guam a better place for my children and future grandchildren. And when more people engage in the effort manage those we elect, or are appointed to act in our name; Guam will be ready for self determination.
There are some things that are just too important to leave in the hands of politicians. The rapid passage of the GRMC RESCUE Bill with no financial analysis by the"Pork Barrel Queen" Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, and the potential collateral damage to the pocket books of taxpayers is one of them.
One of my favorite and guiding quotes by British Politician Edmund Burke is "All evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing." I refuse to do nothing.
That is why I filed a legal action in Superior Court today, to help protect the pocket books of taxpayers.
Some one has to stand up and defend the taxpayers because we are not seeing a lot of help for politicians more concerned about taking care of each other and their politically well connect INsiders, than taking care of the people.