July 21, 2005


Gonzales' time to shine? (Tim Chapman, July 21, 2005, Townhall)

Within the week, the Senate is expected to hold a vote on Senator Akaka’s Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. Akaka’s bill would institute an extra-constitutional race-based government for native Hawaiians. The new government would have jurisdiction over Hawaiian residents with “one drop” of native Hawaiian blood.

Those governed by this new, race-based government would not be subject to the same federal and state tax laws as their non-native Hawaiian neighbors. The bill’s opponents note that this is surely is a recipe for racial conflict on the Hawaiian Islands.

With this in mind, conservatives are quietly urging Administration officials to enlist Attorney General Gonzales’s help in defeating the legislation. [...]

“Gonzales,” said the source who asked not to be named, “should consider this as an opportunity. If he really wants to prove himself to conservatives now is the time. He should consider it a job interview.”

Race based government has such a sterling history, eh?

Rebuilding a Hawaiian Kingdom: 'Bumpy' Kanahele has carved out an Oahu village where native values reign. Many see it as a steppingstone to the goal of sovereignty. (Tomas Alex Tizon, July 21, 2005, LA Times)

From Honolulu, it takes an hour to drive here, heading north over dagger-like mountains and then east through rolling farm country to the outermost corner of the island known by some as the Hawaiians' Hawaii.

Tour buses circling the island don't stop here except to gas up.

Those who step off the bus won't find hula dancers greeting them with leis, or five-star hotels, or even two-star ones. They'll find a sleepy, rough-edged, working-class town of 10,000 people, some of whom don't like tourists and don't mind saying so.

"Haole, go home!" and variations of whites-aren't-welcome are occasionally shouted from front porches as a reminder that this isn't Waikiki. It's a different world. Locals rule here.

Half the residents are native Hawaiians, and many more are part Hawaiian. This is a place where Hawaiian is taught as a first language in some schools and spoken among neighbors, a place where it is widely held that Hawaii was stolen by the United States and that someday these lands will return to the Kanaka Maoli, the ancient Polynesians who settled the islands.

Scattered throughout Waimanalo's neighborhoods are state flags hanging upside-down, a symbol of defiance. In this corner of Oahu, Hawaiian sovereignty — a government of Hawaiians for Hawaiians — isn't just a tropical dream. The people have seen a version of it materialize before their eyes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2005 6:14 AM

It does for the folks who promote it and set it up. Works real fine for them.

Posted by: Mikey at July 21, 2005 8:16 AM

This is an obvious stalking horse for future racial entitlement or so-called repararations programs. If one citizen gets a tax break or other property on account of his or his birth, a kind of patent of nobility or hereditary office has been created, for which the privileged citizen's luckless neighbors must pay. John C. Calhoun, where are you now that we need you?.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 21, 2005 8:30 AM

The reason why this bill would be so destructive is that, unlike Native Americans on the mainland, Hawaiians have never been geographically or ethnically separated from non-Hawaiians since Europeans arrived in the Islands. So there are no lands or assets that can sensibly be turned over to such an entity as this bill would create.

Posted by: b at July 21, 2005 8:56 AM

I heard an interview on NPR the other day with a woman (whose name and exact title I couldn't write down going 55+ mph down the road)connected w/the campaign to secure this special status for native Hawaiians. What I heard her say, and of course these weren't her words, was: Indians and eskimos/inuit have special rights and get special services and money from the federal government and we'd like our piece of the pie. She also made reference to some federal legislation adopted back in the 19-teens concerning the definition of who was/wasn't a native Hawaiian and what special rights they were entitled to.

I would like to hear Harry's thoughts on this, he being a non-Hawaiian resident of Hawaii and all.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 21, 2005 9:14 AM

Look how well getting special rights and money has worked out for native Americans....

Posted by: Chris B at July 21, 2005 9:44 AM

in other news, ward kameamea churchill has announced that all the "little cooks" had better watch out.

Posted by: cjm at July 21, 2005 9:52 AM

All this, and Orrin is still convinced of the wisdom of allowing millions of Mexicans to move to the Southwest?

Posted by: cyrus at July 21, 2005 10:46 AM

cyrus - In both cases, he opposes nativists.

Lou - Good point. Either it's racism, or if you extend similar privileges to others, it's feudalism and ancien regime France.

Posted by: pj at July 21, 2005 11:56 AM

Does Sen. Byrd support "one drop" laws?

I should say, does he still support them?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 21, 2005 12:08 PM


Mexicans want to be Americans, not Polynesians.

Posted by: oj at July 21, 2005 12:15 PM

"Mexicans want to be Americans, not Polynesians."

Do they? Are you sure? Wait until there's money to be made by fanning the flames of historical resentment. Lou Gots is right; this is a move in a shakedown scheme. I would prefer that we not set the stage for the same sort of thing in "Aztlan," but will hold my piece.

Posted by: cyrus at July 21, 2005 1:04 PM

I bet tht the natives next step would be Hawaiian casinos. Anyone want to book my action?

Posted by: Patrick H at July 21, 2005 1:16 PM

That [casinos] and selling tax-free cigarettes and fireworks.

Otherwise the idea of treating the tribes as "sovereign nations" has been a disaster for everyone involved except the white people who exploit them (like BIA bureaucrats.) But as with Socialism in general, this time the Racist Left will make it work, because they are "good people" and they will be in charge.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 21, 2005 2:50 PM

I have read some of the nativist Hawaiian web sites. they sound just like the Palistinians. I don't know for whom that speaks more badly.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 21, 2005 11:59 PM