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Editorial note: This article on "Political Development" by Carlos P. Taitano, a respected politician and former spokesman of the Guam Legislature, is a revised section of the publication, Kinalamten Pulitikåt: Senenten I Chamorro, Questions of Guam's political development: Chamorro Perspective, edited by the Civic Education Coordination Commission, 1996. ePublication approved by the Department of Chamorro Affairs.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, when Europeans came to the Marianas, they found a strong and sophisticated fellowship of peoples with a shared area, a shared economy, a shared civilization and languag. More than 4,000 years ago, these archipelago was inhabited by a group of humans known as Chamorros.
Discovering countries that did not belong to a Catholic ruler was a good enough reason for their acquisition. It was a settlement that continued until 1898, when Guam was transferred to the United States under the contract to end the Spanish-American War. Before 1695, the end of the Spanish-Chamorro wars, the Marian peoples had the highest and most impartial authorities for millennia.
At the end of this opposition, Chamorros were moved from all the north isles to some towns in Guam, while Chamorros was also expelled to Guam and focused in those towns. Spaniards did this to give them better controls over the Chamorro tribe. Relentless and sometimes random killings of the natives and the illness carried by the intruders led to the almost complete depletion of the local populace.
There were two British freebooters, John Eaton and William Crowly, who came to Guam in 1685. It was the then Supreme Court of Spain, Don Damian Esplana, who gave these Englishmen the power to murder as many locals as they wanted. Spaniards ran a pledge to eradicate the Chamorro tradition and substitute it with Spanish-Catholic Christianity.
However, the old Chamorro practice went deeply. Many Chamorros, for example, those baptised and wed in the Catholic Church who were borne under Hispanic colonisation in the 18th century, regarded themselves as Christians. There is a clear representation of Spain's past in Guam, as shown by place nicknames like Santa Rosa Mountain or streets like Hernán Cortéz St.
Chamorro usually has two surnames in Spain, for example Jose Duenas Castro. The Americans altered this order when they came to Guam after the Spanish-American War, so that the person became known as Jose Castro Duenas. In the course of the years a racial mixture developed through the marriage between the natives and persons of different ethnical origins, who were taken to the Mariana Islands by the Spaniards.
Another civilization evolved with the fusion of the Chamorro way of living and the varied qualities of the new arrivals. A few years later, many Chamorros, whose forerunners had been moved to Guam in the early 1700s, came back to these isles, which were the ancient land of their population. Several Chamorros came to Guam as members of the Spain Colonies, others came to rebuild themselves and their family.
The United States conquered Guam during the Spanish-American Wars in 1898. Guam handed over the Treaty of Paris, which ended the conflict, to the United States. The Chamorros once again experienced another disastrous attack from the Colonies when the peoples and their country were division. The family and relations were severed and kept apart by means of legal obstacles.
According to the Paris Agreement, the United States was obliged to establish the citizens hip and Guam's state. Despite this contractual commitment, President William McKinley enacted a two-record order that places Guam entirely under the Ministry of the Navy. Marinegovernors of Guam, the designated officer exerted all legal, jurisdictional and law enforcement powers.
Every two governors had two nominations - governors and marine commanders. Guam's entire policy was defined by its strategic value as a determinant; the aboriginal peoples' basic humanitarian and civil liberties were overlooked. Over the years, Guam has been used by the Navy as an important centre for communications and transport, for the formation and operation of forces, as a filling stations and workstations.
The United States still has an important defence presence in Guam. It will gain in importance as the most western US territory in the near east, as more US troops will be withdrawn from overseas operations and transferred to Guam. As Guam was purchased by capture and assigned by contract, the Isle became the ultimate ownership and estate of the United States.
Adherence could take the guam into a US Congress law with rules to protect citizens' freedoms and establish the country's policy state. Compliances could also take the shape of Guam's incorporation into the US policy system, which would give Chamorros full US nationality.
But it was not until half a centurys later that the army was replaced by a civil regime, although the country was conquered in peace and its peoples were ruled peacemaking. Organisational law refers to unconstitutional or substantial laws adopted by Congress, which organises the administration of the area. By the time Guam was purchased in 1898, it was a property or disorganized area of the United States.
In 1950, when the Organic Act of Guam was passed by Congress, Guam became an organised area of the United States. It replaced the US Constitution as the basic principle of the municipal administration and connected the area. In 1950, when the Guam territories were established under the Organic Code of Guam, Congress made it very clear that an unregistered US jurisdiction was all that was organised.
Lawmaking records, which include the adoption of this Act, state that non-incorporated territories are not an integrated part of the United States and that they are not given a pledge of a state identity - or a state-like state. There has also been interpretation that, in the lack of a clear granting of powers by Congress, Guam residents' nationality does not correspond to that of the various States of the Union.
Those USA, which have the highest authority over Guam and its people, could also trade, give away or release Guam (as in the case of Cuba) and thus restore independence. It could also conclude an Free Assoziation or Commons treaty with Guam. Sadly, the US has chosen the last choice for Guam.
For fifty years, this failure of Congress has caused great harm to the Guamese. For the first fifty years under US domination, the Guam nation was denied access to civil liberties, essential equity and equity in the United States. Congressworking only with the agreement of the ruled, and the US traditions and histories that the US administration is based on the act and not on an Executive Order, have not inspired Congress to implement these democracies in Guam.
Washington's leadership was changing, but the US government's stance on Guam's issues during this time was the same. Several of the US navy officials who came to Guam to govern were already biased and kept the Chamorros ignorant and nontrained, which prevented their proper develop. At the same time, the two US Caribbean regions attracted more interest than Guam.
The United States also took over Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American War. There was an organical law passed by Congress, which included the conferral of U.S. nationality on the Puerto Ricans in 1917. Sharedwealth membership was established for Puerto Rico by Congress in 1950. The US Navy was superseded by a civil administration in 1931 and conferred US nationality in 1932.
Virgin Islands Organic Act was passed by Congress in 1936. Before World War II, the time of the early US leadership in Guam was a reflection of the predominant view of the breed and the importance of a "white Amerikaner". Much of the governmental and non-governmental areas were closed to Chamorros just because some Americans did not want the Chamorros.
They had to suffer the traumatic effects of the conflict, learn about the USA and its inhabitants in schoolbooks and experience a completely different way of living on an US-managed African-asland. Marinegovernors ruled Guam not only in political terms, but also in economic and controlled import, export and corporate terms.
However, since Guam was a self-contained harbor under armed domination, ordinary trading practice could not work. Moreover, since only a primary schooling in English and none in the Chamorro languages was available, Chamorros was enormously disadvantaged and excluded from self-improvement and opportunities. The United States, a country of migrants, offers the right of birth as citizens.
The nationality provision of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution stipulates that everyone who has been legally admitted to the US is eligible for US nationality, including U.S.-born babies of irregular migrants. However, being a Guamanian had no such benefit. Instead, a Guam-born Chamorro was placed in a low position in comparison to Guamese nationals, although this was conditional on bias and discriminatory treatment by his warlords.
When a Chamorro would stay in Guam, he could not outgrow this low state. If he could enhance his work record, or go abroad and graduate and go back to Guam, he could not move up from this low state. Whilst the Washington leadership is not guilty of the grave violations of Guam's past record, the Guamese can call them to account.
It was the duty of the US Congress to establish the citizenship and policy state of the Guamese under the contract to end the Spanish-American War. According to the U.S. Constitution's territory provision, Congress was the only legislature for the U.S. territory. Within this authority, Congress may consider areas which have been conquered by contracts, as in the case of Guam.
But it was not until 1950 that Congress passed a bill that provided for a municipal administration. In not acting, Congress permitted the US Navy to govern the Isle of Guam under constitutional combat laws from 1898 to 1950. Whereas the 1950 and following years of Guam were marked by a series of laws granting certain civic and intellectual prerogatives to the Guamese, the 52-year-old serious breach of fundamental freedoms by the Guamese remain a part of our past.
It is the duty of the US Congress to deal with this issue and find a solution. During the Second World War, the Japanese Americans, who were housed in US concentrations during the Second World War, managed to bring the plight of these unhappy Americans to Congress's notice. The Congress has at last taken action, acknowledged this unfairness and granted a certain financial alleviation.
First, the US Congress could give much of the land in Guam, which is now under state rule, back to the Chamorros. In 1936 I had to leave Guam on the USS Chaumont to see my little boy in Honolulu. In about US$13. 00 I was paying for steering category adaptations that turned out to be a bed with hundred mariners, servicemen and navies returning to the US from customs posts in China, the Philippines and Guam.
When I got to Honolulu I was completely un-prepared for the things I saw when I got there - how humans were living in a free world. Well, the little tiny little place I was leaving was under an American Marine alderman. Army officials occupied all of Guam's top or junior navy administrations. Chamorros had very little chance to learn and evolve the wisdom and abilities to manage the matters of their administration.
A Marine Government official took the effort to declare that Chamorro kids did not need the kind of training that US kids needed. There were many Pacific islanders, such as my own Chamorro tribe, who held important political and economic posts. He worked in Pearl Harbor, side by side with the US continental community, and got paid the same.
When I saw further discrepancies between Guam and Hawaii in the coming few days and evenings, I was full of miscellaneous feelings, pleased to be in Honolulu, but sorry about the Guam of all. In Guam, after a few years in primary education, we worked almost all on our farm.
Someone who was a little bit alert in class could become a schoolmaster, or a small employee in the state. There was a run on the recruitment bureau when the recruitment of Chamorro youth as a steward in the US Navy was opened. Since there is no way to realize their full power in Guam, many young men have registered for the Navy and forsaken it.
It was even a Chamorro with an US dad. In 1944 the US forces reconquered Guam from the Japanese forces and today the Guam release is commemorated every year in July. The 1944 incident also heralded the beginning of the Chamorro people's emancipation from the US Navy.
After the Japanese lost in Guam, the post-war Chamorros regime in Guam differed significantly from the pre-war regime in that the post-war regime loosened it. By the end of the Second War, global leadership was worried about many individuals around the globe who had no say in passing legislation that they ruled and who remained in unequal circumstances and without respect for individuals' prerogatives.
At the United Nation Conference on the International Organization in San Francisco between April and June 1945, fifty countries drafted the United Nations Charter. The UN was created on 24 October 1945, after this Charter had been signed by all the world's states. While the United States came out of WWII, a very mighty country, and began to put other colonising forces under duress to liberate their own citizens, it is interesting that they could not provide the same kind of alleviation to their own citizens in their own settlements, the US territory.
But Guam and the regions of France are still on the UN Decolonisation Committee's agendas. It is the most important forum dealing with the advances towards self-determination and autonomy of all human beings under the colonies. "Decolonisation " is an umbrella word in the United Nations system for the elimination of the colonisation system in the global community and the creation of autonomous states from the formerly dependant states.
Self-rule is the right of a nation to determine its own system of governance without external interference. The UN Charter, which the US Senate signed in 1945, gave the US an extra contractual commitment to Guam as a non-self-governing area. For this purpose, they undertook to guarantee the progress of the citizens of these areas in terms of politics, economy, society and education, to promote self-government and to support the gradual evolution of their free democratic bodies.
United States has undertaken to present an UN General Assembly General Assembly General Assembly General Assembly General Assembly General Assembly General Assembly Annual Review on Guam. President Harry Truman's government, after the end of the Second World War, struggled with the issues of Guam. The Chamorros recalled their fidelity to the USA during the 30 month long period of Guam's occupying Japan.
It has also agreed that the army must be superseded by a civil regime. However, Guam's possible policy position was not even seen as such. They could only commend a statute to Congress - an intermediate statute that was neither a state of the Union nor more dependent on the United States.
What to do with Guam as US soil dates back to the time when the US purchased the Isle in 1898. Known as "insular cases," the Supreme Court declared that the President has the right to gain and retain power over the recently captured areas, even through the use of a provisional administration that would stop existing as soon as the need to set up such a administration ceased to existig.
That was not the case with Guam. It was imprisoned and occupying Guam in a peaceful manner. Therefore, the Guamese navy administration should have ended very early in the twentieth-century, and should have been substituted by a civil one. Unlike Guam, which fulfilled its obligations under the Treaty of Paris, the US Congress quickly provided a regional administration for Puerto Rico in 1900.
The city of Manhattan was pulled from a property into an organised area when a civilian administration was established by Congress. In a treaty suggested by Congress and approved by a popular ballot in referendums in Puerto Ricos, the city has drawn up and adopted its own constitutional treaty, thus establishing a community. Years later, the Guam Organic Act of 1950, sent to Congress by President Harry Truman, established an uncorporated US territorial entity with a restricted homeland code, no turnout in the US Congress election, no US Congress representative and the nomination of the Guam governor in Washington.
As only one area was established, Congress remained in power within its full discretion, as provided for in the U.S. Constitution's territory covenant. During the long time of the army government, however, there were some Navy commanders who tried to raise the peoples of Chamorro's policy issues and give the appearance of being democratic.
After all, for example, the Guam Congress was the only consultative group for the Navy governors. Earlier, the gubernatorial had nominated the members. Then the Guam Congress was a two-chambered building. However, since the Guam government had power of government, legislation and justice, all actions of the Guam Congress had to be approved.
Obviously, the gubernator could take back everything he was given, which included the right to sit in that Guam corpore. The Navy Secretary in 1948 gave what he called a provisional legal power until the US Congress passed what he called legislature that embodies the right to legislate. As the Guam Congress tried to exert these provisional legal powers in the context of an investigation, the Navy' s Sovereign Judge interfered and stopped the Guam lawmakers from fulfilling their obligations.
Guam's lower chamber, the Assembly, passed a postponement until the US Congress passed a bill for an internal law and a civilian administration for Guam. The Navy controlled all of Guam's operations, which included communications with the outside community. Everyone, also Chamorros, had to obtain a safety release from the navy before entry to the Isle of Guam.
In the 50 years of the Navy administration, there was nothing even a little bit similar to this uprising. There was little or nothing the Americans knew about Guam. The Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, geographic near the US Continent, had US Congressional and corporate relations and the backing of several powerful papers in their fight for home domination.
When I was released from the US Army in 1948, I ran for a Guam Congress office and was voted a deputy from the town of Mangilao. It was my conviction that if the Washington policy of our people's negligence were made known to the US public, Congress would act.
This uprising was intended to spread information about the Guamites. Some of the moth before the uprising, I approached two journalists, one from the Associated Press and the other from United Press International, who were in Guam reporting Israeli and Palestinian wartime. I' ve asked her to publish the Chamorro's grievances.
Soon after the strike I sent a wired account to these journalists in Honolulu where they were awaiting a message from Guam. Guam Uprising was supported by large US papers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. "The insurrection rekindled Washington's interest in proposing the move of Guam from a marine administration to a civil one.
The Navy government was succeeded by a civil government six month after the strike. On 7 September 1949, on the advice of its four divisions, President Truman adopted Regulation 10077 which transferred the Guam Government from the Minister of the Navy to the Minister of the Interior. Congressional action in the US, with the help of the US government, was moving towards the adoption of an integrated Guam Act.
President Truman at the White House on August 1, 1950, ratified the Organic Law of Guam. It is interesting to note that many Congress members and Interior Ministry officers had previously voiced doubt that the Guam Act would expire at this point in the face of the Navy's opponents and the outbreak of the Korean War.
The Guam Uprising led to a string of law enforcement and congress activities that led to the early adoption of the Guam Act. In fact, this was the first decision of Congress on the Guamese people's state. Under the Organic Law, the Ministry of the Interior succeeded the Navy.
Founded in 1849, the Department of the Interior was one of the executing ministries of the United States. The Guam Organic Act was the first organised Guamese regime with some home domination and substantive Washington oversight. She granted the Chamorros US nationality, provided a bill, set up a legislative authority and set up a judicial system that allowed appointments to the US federation system in certain cases.
Considering over 50 years of policy negligence, these have been considerable profits. Under the Organic Act, all those who lived in Guam on April 1, 1899, and those who were borne in Guam after that date, and their offspring, were given American nationality. Though the Organic Act gave the Chamorro nation US nationality, it did not give the Guam population the same privileges as other US nationals.
It should also not be forgotten that this was a one-sided act of Congress. According to the Constitution, Congress has the authority to amend or withdraw the subsidy. Nor did the organic law include a Guam official in Congress or the municipal elections of the Guam governors.
Washingtons also appointed the Guam government. Furthermore, there was no clause to allow Guam citizens to participate in the elections of the US Presidents and Vice-Presidents. Much of Guam's problem has not been solved with the adoption of the Guam Organic Act. This kind of covenant law was passed whenever Congress wanted it, regardless of the desires of the Chamorropeans.
The Chamorro tribe also experienced the humiliation and discomfort of having to obtain Navy approval before returning to their home country. "The implementation of US ship records legislation requires that certain ships (including merchant vessels) used for specific uses must be constructed in the United States.
Guam does not share the particular interests safeguarded by the Jones Act. It is nearer to the Asiatic region than to the American continent. Time has come when overseas and foreign-owned ships provide Guam dealers with better services at lower shipping outlay. Guam dealers are, however, forbidden from posting them.
A further obstacle was the Navy's safety release to either step into or leave Guam. However, the safety release was definitively abolished in 1962, opening the doors to Guam for tourist and economical grow. Guam's failure to choose its own leader was ultimately solved almost two centuries after the Organic Law was passed.
1968 the US Congress passed a bill providing for the general elections of the gubernatorial and the lieut. But without awaiting the approval of a Guamese delegation by the US Congress, the Guam legislature provided for an electoral representation in Washington in 1964. A nonvoting Congress delegation was appointed by Congress in 1972.
Considering the governor's office for Guam, a member of Congress made a declaration that the United States had a large US invested in Guam's defence facilities and facilities, and therefore Congress could not allow Guam to choose one of its own men as its principal executive officers.
Congressional authorities have often raised the issue of statesmanship. In order to prevent any move towards state identity, some members of Congress suggested making Guam part of the state of Hawaii, even though it is more than 3,000 leagues away. needn't say that the Guamese rejected this notion.
A number of people proposed that Guam and the US Trust Territory could probably work as a state of the Union. Divergent policy moves within the various quarters of the trust territory quickly brought an end to the debate on this issue. The people who were against the state of Guam pointed out that Guam has a small surface area and a small people.
They also argued that Guam could not take on the state' s responsibilities financially. Yet it is clear from past experience that 17 of the states joined the Union when their population was less than that of Guam, and some were less able than Guam to take on the state' s responsibilities financially.
With frustration and jealousy, Guam looks at its neighbouring isles, which were once under US fiduciary ownership and now have self-government - and which came under US rule almost 50 years after Guam. But the USA permitted these inhabitants to decide for themselves what they wanted for their population. For example, the northern Marianas selected Commons while the other archipelagos selected free associations.
The Guam Legislative passed a bill in 1986 that approved Guam's first constitutional convention (ConCon) to review the suggested amendments to the Guam Organic Act and make policy advice. It was sent to Congress, but it was not approved by that group. Guam's twelfth Guam Legislature established Guam's first political status commission in 1973.
In 1975, for reasons of consistency, the thirteenth legislature of Guam established another commission for it. On the basis of the work of these committees, a referendum on parliamentary statute was organised in 1976. Referendum is a popular referendum or a popular order, usually by general electoral law, on a course of action presented to it by a member or institution with the initiation.
The Guam Legislature gave Guam's electorate the option of choosing their privileged policy by referendum in 1976. The electorate chose "Improved State Quo " from the choices presented to the population. "This seemed to indicate that the Guamese wanted to see a Guam state similar to that of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
Whilst the State Commission tried to fulfil its remit regarding the country's ambitions for legal politics, in 1976 the US gave Guam the power to shape its own state, but had to remain within the framework of the current territorial-federal relations. They called for the US to recognise and comply with the US independence over Guam and to recognise the primacy of the US constitutional rules, agreements and US law that apply to Guam.
For many, the constitutional text was nothing more than a continuance of the current state. Then the Guam Legislature founded the Commission for Self-Determination in 1980 and reinstated it in 1983. There were two islands of plebiscite where the electorate was asked to choose commonlywealth, state identity, status-quo, integrated territories, free associations, autonomy and any other desired state.
Participating voters' preference was the CW. Given the degree of Americanisation of Guam and the Guam people's acceptation of the country as the country to which it owes its loyalty, it follows that for the time being it is clear that the Guam people's objective is not to be independent.
The United States has a different name for the state government: "Commonwealth". One example is the United States. Everyone was negotiating with the German authorities about greater controls on their own domestic matters. Northern Mariana Islands went one stage further by ensuring a "mutual understanding" clause in their pact (a formality agreement) with the United States.
Since the referendum in 1982, Guam has been seeking a similar restriction of government in the Guam Commonwealth Act, which was drawn up accordingly. In this case, any proposed amendment to or repeal of the Guam Commonwealth Act must be ratified by both the United States and the Commonwealth of Guam.
It would restrict its power by the fact that no amendment of the law can be made without the reciprocal agreement of the US Administration and the Commonwealth of Guam Gov. So the Self-Determination Commission has finalised the Commonwealth Act 1986 bill. Following the Commission's acceptance and the Guam people's agreement in a referenda, the bill was sent to Congress in 1988.
In the Commission's view, the best and fastest way to achieve C. W. C. statute is to submit the bill directly to Congress. For the Commission, it would take a long timeframe to pass through the Commission's management division to obtain definitive clearance, as in the case of the CNM.
It was thought that if the US Congress adopted the Guam Commonwealth Act it would lead to a significant shift in Guam's statute, from an uncorporated area to a commons. By adding the tenth Amendment to the Constitution to stop the Confederation from interfering in the affairs of the country and the first movement of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Guam Commonwealth Act would extend the number of U.S. constitutional requirements that govern Guam.
It authorised a Guam constitution that was adopted by the Guamese as the highest commonwealth statute. The Guam Constitution, as stated, "shall recognise and be in accordance with the United States' Sovereignty over Guam and the primacy of the Constitution, Treaty and Acts of the United States that apply to Guam.
" Furthermore, the intrinsic right of self-determination of the Chamorro tribes of Guam would be officially recognised by Congress. Exercising this right would be governed by the Commonwealth Constitutional Treaty. It would allow for specific education and job creation programmes and allow Guam residents to participate in national programmes for the state.
The Chamorro tribal right wing called for only the Chamorro tribe to have a say on Guam's self-determination during the policy debates. That would have ruled out the possibility of tens of thousands of electors moving to Guam either from the US continent or from abroad (those from abroad are entitled to choose in Guam through the US citizenship and Guam citizenship process).
If the US Congress had adopted the Guam Commonwealth Act, a constituent assembly should be convened to draw up the Commonwealth of Guam Charter. It would then be put to the Chamorro tribe of Guam for a referendum, exercising its intrinsic right to determine its own state.
The general voters of Guam may have been involved in the preparation of the Constitutional Treaty. The recognised authorities in a given area of the world do not only decide who is electoral, but also who has certain prerogatives, as well as the prerogatives of the Indians. As the Guam Commonwealth Act recognised the right of self-determination of the Chamorro tribes of Guam, it became necessary to say, "Who is a Chamorro?
" Guam Commonwealth Act defines the Chamorro tribes of Guam as all those natives and their offspring of Guam before August 1, 1950. Chamorro " was used to identify the Guamese from when the Americans came in 1898 until Guam was reconquered in World War II.
Congolese Guam chiefs began to declare that a Guaman is everyone who lives legally in Guam, and a Chamorro is one of the tribal peoples of Guam. Guam's Guamese must not ignore the contribution of the island's leader to Guam's prosperity in the latter part of the 1940'.
Grown up under a junta that offered little room for self-improvement, this small group of heroes of Chamorros succeeded in convincing Washington that the Guam people's lack of tolerance for it. United States Congress reacted with the adoption of the Organic Act of Guam in 1950, the first stage in Guam's policy development.
Creating this new policy statute, the Commonwealth of Guam, is not the last stage in Guam's policy-making.