In my previous post I had talked about the underlying issue behind the protest against building the thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Those behind the Hawaiian separatist movement are active politically and have learned how to use social media, much like ISIS, to propagate their message. They have shown hatred and disdain for America. There are at least ten different Hawaiian groups who desire to separate from the United Staes in some way.The Akaka Bill was one of the first serious attempts at achieving separation. These signs make their intentions clear. As they continue to gain followers and advocates we must ponder what effects they will have on future investment, tourism and military operations in Hawaii. I am taking the liberty to include a quote from William Burgess regarding the Akaka Bill. Although his comments are on that bill they apply to all efforts to establish a race based system. William is a student of Hawaiian history and an opponent of the separatist movement. I think he nails it here:
“Where does it end? Abandonment of the long-standing mandatory criteria for tribal recognition, would open the floodgates for the proliferation of tribes. Anthropologists estimate there are some 15 million people who have a discernible degree of Native American blood but have no tribal connection. Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Virginia, indeed every state, would be at risk of being partitioned into multiple racial enclaves.
Rejection of democracy. The bill is a frontal assault on the American ideal of equality. It would elevate Native Hawaiians to the status of a hereditary elite to be supported by citizens who are not of the favored race. It is almost certainly unconstitutional.
The claimed justifications are invalid. The U.S. stole no lands from the Hawaiian people and it did not deprive them of their sovereignty. The ceded lands were government lands under the Kingdom held for the benefit of all citizens without regard to race. They still are. Upon annexation, ordinary Hawaiians became full citizens of the U.S. with more freedom, prosperity and sovereignty than they ever had under the Kingdom. Hawaiians today are no different, in any constitutionally significant way, from any other ethnic group in Hawaii’s multi-ethnic, intermarried, integrated society. Like all the rest of us, some do well, some don’t and most are somewhere in between.
Ms. Schlafly, your essay “Is it Assimilation or Invasion?” dovetails perfectly with our opposition to the Akaka bill. If it becomes law, Hawaii will be divided up into a patchwork of quasi-sovereign governing entities, led or influenced by people some of whom seem to see themselves as Americans only second and something else first.
Unfortunately, the Akaka bill does not seem to even be on the radar screen of most members of Congress. With Senator Inouye’s power and legendary skills there is a clear danger that it will be tacked on to a major bill and passed by unanimous consent. We in Hawaii encourage you to use your nationwide influence to alert the national public, Congress and the Administration that support for the Akaka bill is support for la reconquista.
Imua, keep up the good work and Aloha for all, Bill & Sandra Burgess”