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>>A Separate, Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians?

Posted on: February 25, 2010

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The Congress and President are going down a very dangerous road by separating the State of Hawaii into what is in effect two separate governments whose goals will most likely be directly opposed to each other.   Is this a beginning for other ethnic groups?  As A. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself can not stand.”  The quotation ” A house divided against itself cannot stand,” which is taken from Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against …”.

This people is the beginning of a house divided against itself and is the first step in divide and conquer that the Progress/Liberal/ Socialist/ communist have in mind for the United States.  BB

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the creation of the largest tribal entity in U.S. history under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, despite last-minute opposition by Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle (R), and serious questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promised to sign the legislation.

The bill would establish a separate, race-based governing body to represent Native Hawaiians in negotiations with state and federal governments. As The National Review writes, the Act would:

Notably, Gov. Lingle reversed course after more than seven years of support for the Act (also known as “the Akaka Bill”), citing recent amendments to the legislation she says aren’t in the best interest of Hawaiians:

The basic problem as I see it, is that in the current version of the bill, the ‘governmental’ (non-commercial) activities of the Native Hawaiian governing entity, its employees, and its officers, will be almost completely free from State and County regulation, including free from those laws and rules that protect the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people, and protect the environment. ’Governmental’ activity is a broad undefined term that can encompass almost any non-commercial activity.

“This structure will, in my opinion, promote divisiveness and litigation, rather than negotiation and resolution.

The Akaka Bill also drew fire from five members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who sent a letter to House leadership on Monday urging opposition to the proposal. In their letter, they reasserted objections to the bill they initially raised in August of last year. From the August 2009 letter:

We do not believe Congress has the constitutional authority to “reorganize” racial or ethnic groups into dependent sovereign nations unless those groups have a long and continuous history of separate self-governance. Moreover, quite apart from the issue of constitutional authority, creating such an entity sets a harmful precedent. Ethnic Hawaiians will surely not be the only group to demand such treatment. On what ground will Congress tell these other would-be tribes no?

And in their letter yesterday, the commissioners also questioned the manner in which the bill came to a vote, stating that it was “slated for a hasty House vote [that] was apparently negotiated behind closed doors…”

In NRO’s “the corner,” Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, who was a signatory to the letter, writes that the precedent the Akaka Bill sets is a dangerous one:

The bill is not only constitutionally defective and morally repugnant, but by logical extension it opens the door for members of other racial classifications to petition the government for sovereign status.

While the House is poised to pass the bill, concern over those constitutional questions and the precedent the Akaka Bill would set are quite significant. The U.S. Constitution stands for the proposition that all Americans should be treated equally under the law. It certainly stands to reason, then, that Congress shouldn’t be in the business of granting different ethnic groups special treatment under the law in direct contravention of Constitutional principles.

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21 Responses to “A Separate, Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians?”

  1. Doug Holdridge, Ohio on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    They may have been the last of the 50 to join the Union but they CHOSE to become Americans. Nobody is or should want to stop them from maintaining or celebrating their cultural heritage. If there are enough who feel the need to separate themselves from America then maybe they should start a cessation movement. After all, it is their Constitutional right to do so. This will only intensify the divisiveness that already exists and lead to civil disobedience if not outright conflict.
  2. Bill Meadows, Colorado Spring, Co, 80907 on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    So much for the U.S. being the ‘melting pot’ for the world. Now we will have RACE being the tool which will be used to divide the nation into races. It will be African, Hispanic, Islamic and everybody else. Even Christians will be cut out of the nation by race as we come from every race in the world. Obama is the biggest racist in the world. He hates the freedoms, the mixing of the races, and the Constitution of this country. If this is passed and he signs it into law he should be impeached for distruction of the Constitution that he pledged to protect.
    Bill Meadows
  3. David, TN on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    what’s to stop someone like Rev. Wright from seeking a separate governing body for black Americans?

    What’s to stop American Muslims from seeking separate governance so they can impose sharia law, as in England?

  4. Mark in Arizona on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Having lived on the Big Island in the ’60s and visited the state several times since then, I have reservations about this legislation. Furthermore, I’m concerned that an unintended consequence will be that it will hurt the tourism business more than anyone suspects it might.
  5. DeclareTruth, The formerly great State of Michigan on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    It would make much more sense and be a far more moral undertaking to allow Hawaii to secede from the Union. I knew a man who was a native Hawaiian, and he maintained until his death last year that the United States stole the Hawaiian Islands from the native people and that the U.S. has NEVER had the right to any governing authority there. This Akaka bill is absolutely one of the most idiotic proposals I have heard – just when I think this administration has reached the limits of ridiculous they come up with something so far-fetched that it’s hard to believe they’re serious.
  6. Rich Angelo, GA on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Does the constitution mean anything to this current administration?? Ethnic origin based politics in the US??? What are the “tests” going to be to determine ethic purity in this case?? Who decides ???? How many generations back to we benchmark?? Absolutely incredible………..
  7. Ozzy6900, CT on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This bill is creating and approving a Government within the Government of the United States. That is against the Constitution and needs to be stopped.
  8. Joy Duval on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When this is passed, precedent is established to allow Arab Americans to answer to Sharia law rather than the US law. Give them the separate race-based government which they have been seeking.

    Our Republic has never been in more peril.

  9. Geoff, Henderson, Nevada on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When has anything based on ethnicity worked? How is this uniting a nation? The economy of Hawaii will implode like California and they will be back in Washington D.C.begging for help. I used to temper my language when it came to this administration, but STUPID is becoming more appropriate every day.
  10. Chad on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Mr. Obama and his left / progressivist sidekicks Pelosi, Reid, Axelrod, Rahm, Holder, Rev. Wright (20+ years in the pugh), Van Jones (a communist!), ……….. ACORN – which Mr. Obama during elections said he hadn’t worked with for 13 years, yet behind closed doors swears to be an advocate every working day……..(See Glenn Beck). Hawaii should produce Mr. Obama’s long form birth certificate first, not a laser printed “version” when lasers didn’t exist.

    We cannot be suprised by anything out of this administration. Let us look for a quick and single term and vote these RADICALS out!

    Just wait til he gets his tax plans in place, single handedly in the process of attempting to have government run ALL aspects of our lives. They just don’t respect the individiual lives of the American people, and they truly believe we are better off with their hands in our pockets. AMERICA – PLEASE WAKE UP!!!

  11. Alex, Washington DC on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Obama is clearly biased on this issue because he comes from the Big Island. I don’t think any person who grew up in the continental United States would support such a ludicrious proposal.
  12. Rick74 on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Governor Perry –

    Your idea that Texas might secede from the Union now seems prescient.

    Wait, we may not have a Union for Texas to secede from.

    What does the United in United States stand for? What does States stand for?

  13. Drew Page, IL on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    I thought President Obama said “We aren’t red states or blue states; we are the United States”. Hawaii was annexed based on a vote of the people there and is one of the United States. It’s over and done. What possible good would come of creating a government within a government? And what would be next, giving the country back to the Indians?

    All something like this would do is cost the American taxpayers more money. Don’t we have enough other places where our tax money could be better spent?
    Doesn’t Mr. Obama have anything better to do?

  14. Chuck In Larkspur, Colorado on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    When a recent visitor to Hawaii went to the grocery store, they discovered that there are multiple prices for the items being sold. The lowest price was for the “Native Hawaiians”. Apparently the Native Hawaiians are having second thoughts about living under the constitution of the United States. They do not want liberty and justice for all. They want special treatment for themselves and no thought about who is going to pay for their “free lunch”.
    I say let them all go to one of the islands where they can revert to their native ways and we will not bother them at all.
  15. Jeanne Stotler,Woodbridge, Va on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Would that also appy to Okla. and the indians there, Fla. and the Seminole, Tenn and the Cherokee and NY and what is left of several tribes there?? I do not know about stealing Hawaii, my grandfather was stationed there 1928-1934 at Scholfield barracks and they were considered a territory then. Of course the American Indians claim we stole their land and we did in some instances, although there are documents showing that the Indians in Mass. were paid and so were those in Jamestown.
  16. Chuck In Larkspur, Colorado on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    It appears that the Native Hawaiians want what the American Indians have. Maybe they should look a little closer. The evolution of the Native American Indians since they have been “adopeted” by the US government is both the saddest and best example of what socialism will do to a society.
  17. George Walden RI on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    My wife is a card carrying Wampanoag indian and as such,with similar legislation in Massachusets, would have claim to enhanced rights in south-eastern MA [including Cape Cod] depending on which band holds her affiliation.
    In addition,wouldn’t the Apache or any other native tribe have a similar claim? And what about all the African-American or white people who have no native claims at all?
  18. Josh, Maine on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This should come as no surprise to anybody. We currently have a completely out of control narcissist at the helm of the USA Titanic who instead of trying to be a good captain and avoid the icebergs to save his ship and passengers is steering into them. We are going to be lucky to survive this voyage.
  19. Leeners, Seattle on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    I would concur that this sets a horrible precident and is even worse than the Native Indian Reservations (of which we have many in Washington State). Making certain groups of people obey laws when others are kept at a different standard does not unite this country and I would question the Constitutionality of this bill.
  20. Spiritof76, NH on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    Isn’t this wonderful-another step towards dismantling the United States. The current government (Congress included) is hell bent on destroying the American economy, individual freedom and property rights. Welcome to the Soviet Union of the west.
  21. JB, Texas on February 23rd, 2010 at 5:50pm said:
    This would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so sad.
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3 Responses to ">>A Separate, Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians?"

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email or call your Congressman Annabelle. Go to FOXNEWS on the Internet and they have a list of the Congressmen to call or email. BB

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