It is difficult being part of the ruling party's opposition.
Take America, for example. People in the Mainland tend to vote Republican not because they agree with the tenets of the Mainland Republican Party (War and Debt is good for the economy, No Dudes Kissing, Screw the Little Guy), but because the opposition party, my party, the Democrats, have not offered up their own plan in recent memory.
In 2004, John Kerry's platform was basically, "Vote for me because I'm not Bush."
Bush's platform was, "I'm a leader, I'll kill the terrorists, and I'll make sure no more dudes kiss each other."
Who would you vote for? Most people would pick the latter, not because he's right, but because he is seen as strong and moving forward. Kerry ended up looking like a latte-sipping, waffling French guy.
Then the only reason the Democrats were able to win both Houses back in 2006 was not because they were doing a particularly good job or offering up a better vision for America, but because the ruling party had screwed up royally.
The people fighting for improved Guest Worker status have an uphill battle to fight. They are not even an opposition party. They have no party. They have no power. They have only the support of both newspapers, various ethnic-based guest worker clubs, one soon to be politician, and a handful of American citizens.
They do not have public support from most local leaders, many overseas workers afraid of losing their jobs, Taotao Tano, the Chamber of Commerce, or the largest employer on island, Tan Holdings.
I support their right to boycott, strike, speak out, and march, regardless of the issue, but I am with Jeff in thinking that both sides are wrong in the debate, with a few slight amendments.
In case you've been hiding under a rock for the last few days, the Unity March is next Friday. I'm sure it will draw a crowd, but the following question needs to be answered, "Who will draw a bigger crowd, Martin Nievara or Boni Sagana?"
Visit Brad's blog and vote!
If political marches aren't your thing, there will be a Ultimate Frisbee tournament next Friday up at the Marpi baseball field. Be there by 10 AM. The entry fee is a 12 beers, sodas, bottles of water, or bags of ice.
David Khorram wrote an outstanding piece for the Saipan Tribune on November 30 detailing the difference in values we're experiencing on this island.
Check it out.
My third article was published in the paper on Wednesday. This one is about the Green Christmas for the Children of the Marianas celebration.