Thursday, May 29, 2014

Obama's Idea to Pursue Race-Based Government in Hawaii

This should clear up any doubts about what kind of man
we have sitting in the White House
CATO Institute
In a classic Friday-afternoon news dump – and on the eve of a holiday weekend, no less – the Interior Department issued an advance notice of proposed rule-making (ANPR) to “solicit public comments on whether and how the Department of the Interior should facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.” (Our friends at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii broke the news; it helps that their weekend starts six hours after Washington’s!)
This would be an end-run around both Congress and the Constitution, marking the first step toward the creation of a race-based government in Hawaii. 
Even setting aside the Fourteenth/Fifteenth Amendment and policy problems with any proposed racial governing body, this brazen executive action raises serious separation-of-powers concerns.
#1 – Where does the Obama administration get the authority to establish such a government without the consent of Congress?
#2 – Would such a racially-based government violate the 14th and 15th Amendments, which protect against the violation of due process and racial discrimination?
#3 – Would this be extended to other racial and ethnic groups?
#4 – Does this just pour gasoline on the fire of Hawaii’s independence movement?
In other words, this seems like a needlessly divisive action by the Obama administration that could have major consequences for the country.


1 comment:

  1. Race. Gasoline. Fire. Just mix thoroughly. That's always his method. This was never about being post-racial. As someone who's nearly had to knife-fight his way out of a non-haole cafe in Kaunakakai on Molokai, and blogs with native Hawaiians, and will be in Hilo in 2 weeks, I can attest that HI is always "this close" to being like Northern Ireland. And they got their reasons. Whatever OBlowMe is trying to do is extremely dangerous, and he knows it.