Wednesday, January 25, 2006

District 21, 22, 23 Meeting reminder (Diamond Head to Kakaako, Waikiki to Moiliili-Pawaa)

District caucus on Thursday, January 26, 2006, 6pm, at Hawaiian Republican Headquarters, 725 Kapiolani Blvd. This is the big annual organizational meeting for the districts at which we elect officers for the coming year and certify delegates for the State Convention to be held May 26-28, 2006, at the Waikiki Sheraton. It's particularly exciting this year because of the Governor's race -- and also because there seems to be a lot change and movement on the Democratic side, that are a response to what the Republicans are thinking and doing.

So for those who have been involved in the past, we want to reinvite your involvement in today's totally different political game -- in which literally everybody can play -- as principals and not just as foot soldiers. That's the reality of the political scene now because they killed off the old one -- until nobody came anymore. We soon forget and some want you to forget, that in 1998, Hawaii was in the depths of despair and hopelessness. It was then that I returned myself after being on the Mainland for 30 years because I was actually cheaper to live in Hawaii then it was to live in just any other place which was booming. Hawaii was the exception -- and didn't have a clue.

But even on the Mainland, there was word that a young upstart from Maui was going to change things -- as Maui was the exception to the general statewide malaise. A lot of ex-Islanders were on the Mainland waiting for change because the status quo would never let them get ahead in the Islands. They had to wait their turn and pay their dues -- with the slim hope that one day, somebody would die and everybody else could inch up. That mentality took the fight out of everybody -- until they no longer cared; it just wears you down. That was the only game in town.

It wasn't a model of anything that was working anywhere else in the world -- but actually a sure prescription for cultural and societal genocide -- that it drove out its best and its brightest, so that the entrenched status quo would never be threatened. But once there is a disruption to that line of succession, a remarkable thing happens: there really is no serious challenge to return to those failing old ways. But along the way, many who were active in bringing about those changes, are no longer around -- many because they've dropped out and said, "There is no hope; things will never change."

One of the things that has changed, the Republican meetings have become a lot more interesting than meetings used to be -- with the sense that we're no longer the outsiders but have become the prime movers. Nationally, as well s locally, the other guys just didn't have any new ideas to offer -- except the ones that seem to work in the days of their success in the '60s and '70s -- but they did not evolve beyond that and insisted instead that we should all remain content with that status quo. But time, culture, consciousness does march on -- with a great advantage to those who embrace those changes and even lead the way in them. All those who show up and participate, have appointed themselves leaders in the community. It's that easy.


At February 20, 2006 10:31 AM, Blogger The Amen said...

Well, since you have no comments on this essay and I agree with you completely on the others that I have read thus far, I will comment that, yes, you are saying the Republican Party allows real Americans in to express their views, these days? Well, I certainly hope you are right. You sound like an intellectual rebel, like me, who thinks like I think, so if the Republicans do not eliminate you, there may be hope for me and other real Americans. See ya at the meeting, even though I am not sure I am a Republican anymore. What is old is still old, as far as I can see, and thus if you really want new, maybe we should look to third parties or all just run as independents. Isn't that how our country got started? I don't think ole George Washington had a political party nor a political party opposition, until the Federalists of John Adams finally met with real opposition from the "Jacobins" (Republican-Democrats) headed by the little known Thomas Jefferson and his troupe of prima donnas (Madison and Monroe), who actually thought that the Federalists were too "centralized", and then they lost power to other party upstarts, the Democrats and Whigs when American turned to populism under Jackson (maybe the first real Democrat) until the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln began preaching the evils of slavery and how we should elminate that scourge. At least Adams and Jefferson had that in common. They didn't like slavery. But slavery was domination by Britain in those heady days of the 1770's to them, just as the two big political parties are slavery to the citizenry (although the citizenry doesn't know it since it is duped into believing there are two choices, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum)as the Hawaiian electorate eat their pupus and hula dance galore (like the blacks with their watermelon eating and tap dancing)in this beautiful state of ours, spreading aloha around since apparently it is the only exportable product Hawaii has (except for Kona coffee and macademia nuts). What would George Washington say of this newest surf board riding sister state today, having joined the "union" 47 years ago. I think he would say, "Fine, Jefferson was more that right. Not only did we make it to the Pacific Ocean, but we are in the Pacific Ocean with a state that is mostly Asian. My gosh, are we to make China a state next?" I do think he would be proud of all 50 of America's states, yet would be scratching his head about Hawaii, Elvis Presley and Bill Clinton, since they all seemed to be such an confusion of "liberalism". I don't think he is turning over in his grave, just yet, but I do think he is getting quite a chuckle at what the Republicans are doing, in attempting to make Hawaii truly a state of union, instead of a Third World socialist dot on the map, of happy campers and backwards sycophants, who are told by their teachers here when they are in a history class, that they can take a nap.


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