With All Due Respect, Rep. Cole, My Arguments Against Race-Based Government Are Quite Principled

While campaigning for former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle, who is now running for U.S. Senate, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), the only Native American in Congress, said that opposition to the Akaka Bill is “arrogant” meddling in local affairs. (The Akaka Bill, which I’ve covered extensively, would create a race-based governing entity that would negotiate with the federal and state governments over all sorts of issues—effectively carving out an unconstitutional system of racial spoils.) As quoted in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ($): “Hawaii has told us again and again, on a bipartisan basis, this is what we want to do,” Cole said. “I’d have to tell you, I think it’s incredibly arrogant, whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat that opposes tribal sovereignty — in this case sovereignty for Native Hawaiians—when the people of Hawaii have told us we’d like it. Who are we to impose our opinions?” Cole’s attack is not only a calumny on those who oppose the Akaka Bill in good faith—including all but six of his House Republicans who voted against it in 2010 after years of deliberation, public vetting, and a 2006 Department of Justice conclusion that the bill was unwise as a policy matter and presented serious constitutional difficulties—but itself displays a dangerous misunderstanding of the issues involved. It’s easy to think of the Akaka Bill as being “merely” another request for self-governance by native peoples as was extended to Aleuts upon Alaskan statehood, but that’s simply not what’s going on in Hawaii.  Hawaiians, “Native” and otherwise, have a different history and political sociology from the tribes that are accommodated in our (dubious and counterproductive) Indian law, which itself...

CATO Senior Fellow Shapiro to Feature at February GRIH Talk Radio, Talk Story

Who/What: An informal conversation & dinner with Ilya Shapiro. Ilya, who brings a wealth of experience, anecdotes, and strategy regarding the justice system, will be speaking on the topic of “The US Supreme Court: Pending Issues, the Guessing Game, and the Future”. This is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with a young legal personality and scholar, in regular demand by the media who is visiting us courtesy of the U/H Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society. He is a strong proponent for individual liberty, very familiar with the Akaka bill, Obama Care and Corboy vs Louie, a Hawaii case at the Supreme Court. Co-Sponsors: U/H Richardson Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society, Smart Business Hawaii, Hawaii Reporter and Aloha for All When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Where: EAT Honolulu, which is located within the Gentry Pacific Design Center at 560 North Nimitz Hwy. Suite 102 Honolulu, HI 96817. Parking is free. Cost: $20 for members of GRIH, $25 for non-members. Co-Sponsors: U/H Richardson Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society, Smart Business Hawaii, Hawaii Reporter and Aloha for All How to RSVP: click here, then click the “Register Now” button. Biography of Ilya Shapiro: click here....