Akaka or King?

Cody Hensarling’s reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Cody Hensarling “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am a Native Hawaiian. I also have Chinese and German heritage, but in the State of Hawaii, my native Hawaiian ancestry is usually of the most interest to others.  It is my greatest hope that I am not defined by my ancestry, Native Hawaiian, or otherwise. Perhaps the greatest feature of the structure of American society is equality under law. I am comforted knowing that, in theory, I have the same chance at justice, the same responsibilities as a citizen, and the same rules governing my conduct as every other citizen of this country.  I have no ability to understand those who want to eliminate this most important feature of the American experience. Whether or not I understand it, the reality is that there are people in this state that have a different view of the ideal American experience. Those who would push for federal recognition for Native Hawaiians through the Akaka Bill want to create a separate jurisdiction inside the State of Hawaii that would provide special considerations for those of acceptable blood quantum. I may have enough Hawaiian blood to qualify for certain privileges under a post-Akaka Hawaiian Tribal Authority. I may also not; it depends on what the final bill uses to define an acceptable amount of Hawaiian blood. This also assumes...

Second to None or Next to Nothing

by Dick Rowland Personal liberty is the second language of human society. It was never widely spoken until along came Thomas Paine. This sparked the 56 founding fathers to unleash it in the Declaration of independence in 1776. The first human language was statism in its many forms; socialism, dictatorship, monarchy, communism, crony capitalism, etc. But that first language keeps popping back up, thoughtlessly and destructively. For example President Obama, Senator Harry Reid, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Abercromie and many others speak it fluently. However, the second trumps the first. Individual human freedom to create and to be fully responsible for our actions and their consequences is second to none in human action history. Or, I guess you could say it is next to...