The self serving are all set to march with the self indulgent, the wishful thinkers and the naïve to the tune of Strauss’ famous Futility March later this week.
The US Congress will decide the fate of the CNMI when it determines to sap the last vestige of Covenant promised self rule via its proposed takeover or not. Marching won’t add or subtract from the chances of ‘enhanced immigration status’ for long-term foreign laborers, it’s already out of the equation. It has been removed from the bill. With the immigrant status provision the US bill had no chance of passing. Without it there is some chance it will, in the House version anyway.
The Northern Marians Legislature has already passed, and the Governor has already signed into law the probably unworkable PL 15-108 Labor Reform Bill. Marching will not repeal, redress, change or make it any more palatable to anyone concerned.
So why march? Well to recruit new dues paying members. To foment unrest which can be parlayed into organizer agenda goals at the expense of those gullible enough to take the proffered bait. To enhance the fiction that the majority of citizens want to see unique island culture replaced with ‘Tulsa with an ocean’, one size fits all US culture and regulation by uncaring bureaucrats 10,000 miles away. The majority does not.
Maybe if they are lucky, protest march organizers will get a small act of violence to splash on front pages. Nothing spectacular mind you. A policeman’s shove to maintain order or a parking lot scuffle between pros and antis will do nicely to prolong and expand the coverage for weeks. Calling it peaceful and prayerful does not make it necessarily so. Anti war protests of the 60’s and 70’s were always touted as ‘peaceful’ but often had incidents of violence associated with them. Let’s hope and pray that does not happen here.
So the unity march is more like a funeral procession than the uplifting show of unity it is advertised as. Many different diverse people going in many different directions seeking happiness in their own way is a recipe for a successful cultural relationship and a successful nation. A homogenous ‘unified’ vision of culture, is a recipe for robotic stagnation. Harmonious? Yes, hopefully. Unified? No, thanks.