Following WWII, America experienced a ?baby boom? between 1946 and 1964. Guam was no d ifferent, we had a lot of children born following the occupation. This crop of new you ng people actually led to the establishment of the College of Guam in 1952. By 1950, p lanners realized that this post-war population was creating a need for trained teacher s. So a teachers college was established. By 1968, this baby boom population group was turning 18 and this pushed policy makers to upgrade the College of Guam to the Univer sity level. This week we celebrated our Charter Day at UOG and this point can be overl ooked. Biba UOG!
Our society is based on competition. We have two or more political parties. We have all sorts of ideas that compete. Even this very newspaper broke the ice in recent years for print media. The contrast is very nice. We love variety, no pun intended. We avoid mediocrity. It is in the nature of America to always be dissatisfied with something. Education is a constant point of dissatisfaction.
One of the great things about the military buildup is that like it or not, our leaders have finally realized that for many years we have been pretty much ignored by Washington DC. The bottom line is simple. To improve our relationship and communications with the federal government, we have to improve our political status. So this buildup has created a marketplace of competitive ideas just as the post war population pushed education policy.
If you have been reading my column for a while, people get upset with me all the time. It is a part of my nature I guess. For many years, Guam has claimed to have a ?decolo nization? effort. To be frank, I don?t really think Guam is a colony. We pretty much h ave a self-government with little negative interference by the federal government. Whi le the Government of Guam is often effete and self-defeating, it is our government. An d Guam?s leaders are our leaders. But they have chosen not to compete. Instead of bein g gladiators in the arena, we often elect a cowardly crowd to serve us.
The military buildup is just a temporary distraction to blame any problem on, now and in the future.
But if we wanted to, we could change our political relationship with the United States. We could adopt an off the shelf Organic Act based constitution. We could upgrade our relationship to a higher more effective level. Of course, to do these things we have to try. And perhaps fail a few times. If we stumble in this process, we need to get back up. And try again.
Independence and free association are not very good options for Guam. Nearly every new nation since WWII, with the exception of Singapore has ended up in the Third World. We could likely make a good argument for a Federal District. Perhaps the Federal District of Guam. Part of the district status would be a voice in the US Senate.