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House to Vote on Hawaiian Race-based Government bill TODAY!
What better way to tear a country apart than to separate its people into Race-based governmental entities. The lefts plan is becoming more and more apparent everyday.
House to Vote on Hawaiian Race-based Government bill TODAY! The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act is unconstitutional-Urge your Representative to Vote NO on H.R. 2314!
February 23, 2010
Congress has returned from its Presidents' Day recess, and the U.S. House of Representatives has wasted no time in resuming their assault on the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, congressional liberal leaders still haven't gotten the 140 year-old memo that discrimination based on race is prohibited by the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For those of us who thought that modern American society viewed racial division and ethnic separation as offensive and a thing of the past, well, think again! The House has scheduled a vote TODAY on a bill that will create a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian "tribe."
Sponsored by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (H.R. 2314) will create a Hawaiian race-based government for people with Native Hawaiian blood living anywhere in the United States. H.R. 2314 would create a racially separate government that would operate like an Indian tribe with its own laws and racial voting restrictions anywhere in the United States. This new "tribe" would include about 20 percent of Hawaii's residents plus some 400,000 Americans nationwide, making it larger than any actual Indian tribe.
Although there have been reports of last-minute language changes made behind closed doors, H.R. 2314 has moral, economic, and constitutional problems galore:
Native Americans are not and never have been members of a tribe. Whereas Indian tribes saw their land seized by the federal government, Hawaiians willfully and democratically exercised self-determination on June 27, 1959 when they voted by an 86 percent margin to make their archipelago the 50th state.
Upon achieving statehood, Hawaiians agreed to accept the U.S. Constitution. There would be no more monarchy and no more separate government or sovereignty for Native Hawaiians.
Congress does not possess the authority to extend tribal recognition to Native Hawaiians under the Indian Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution).
The United States Commission on Civil Rights strongly opposes H.R. 2314. Yesterday, on February 22, 2010, members of the Commission sent this letter to House leadership, opposing the substance of the bill as well as the manner in which it's being brought to a vote.
The contrived "tribe" would be a fraud. According to the bill, a Native Hawaiian is anyone of the "indigenous, native people of Hawaii" who is a "direct lineal descendant of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people." So, you don't even have to live in Hawaii or ever had any affiliation with Native Hawaiian culture, language, or politics. All you need is one drop of the right kind of blood!
It is unconstitutional and against the law to divide the American people solely on account of race or ethnicity, as stated by the 15th Amendment. In Rice v. Cayetano, the Supreme Court stated, "One of the reasons race is treated as a forbidden classification is that it demeans the dignity and worth of a person to be judged by ancestry instead of by his or her own merit and essential qualities."
This bill is inherently racially discriminatory. The people under the jurisdiction of this new government wouldn't even be defined by geography, community or cultural cohesiveness, but by race alone. Increases federal bureaucracy by creating a 9-member panel to decide who qualifies as a "native" Hawaiian.
H.R. 2314 Balkanizes U.S. citizens in all 50 states. Different laws would be enforced for different races within the same community. H.R. 2314 would exempt the new race-based government entity from state laws, allow them to set their own civil and possibly criminal jurisdictions apart from the state of Hawaii, and take ownership of lands currently own by the state.
H.R. 2314 gives the new entity "inherent powers" and would remove state authority. This means that under H.R. 2314, a Native Hawaiian business owner could be exempt from a state sales tax while his non-Native Hawaiian competitor down the street is not and is required to pay.
Sets a divisive precedent that could be used by other ethnic groups seeking similar recognition. Does not assure that the new race-based government will be democratic. This bill gives Native Hawaiians "self-determination" to choose total independence or any other form of government. Provides no procedure, avenue, or option to enable Hawaiians to decide if they even want to authorize this race-based government in our midst.
Money appears to be the motivation for this legislation. The bill ensures that the new Native Hawaiian government can negotiate gambling rights with the state of Hawaii and the federal government.
Although the bill has only 9 co-sponsors in the House, two of whom are Republicans-Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4th) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK)-the liberal Democrat leadership promised Rep. Abercrombie that they would guarantee a vote on his legislation before he resigns his seat on February 28, 2010. The last time this bill received a vote in the House, it passed with flying colors by a vote of 261 to 153 (Roll Call 1000, 110th Congress-1st session). Thankfully, former President George W. Bush issued a veto threat and the legislation died after passing the House, but with a liberal controlled Congress and White House, we need to let our representatives know that both the grassroots and a vast majority of the Hawaiian population opposes H.R. 2314!
Native Hawaiians should not be treated as a separate racial group, but as American citizens, just like the rest of us! H.R. 2314 is nothing short of a giant step back to the stone age of race relations-it is wrong, racist, and offensive to our U.S. Constitution and to our national ideal of equal justice for all.
The House will vote on H.R. 2314 TODAY! This is a little-known issue and Capitol Hill offices need to know that you are aware of their mischief-so, let's flood these offices with phonecalls so they know Americans are paying attention to everything they are trying to sneak through!
Make sure your elected officials know where you stand-tell them that the very least their constituents expect is for them to oppose the facilitation and propagation of racially discrimination laws. Urge your representative to vote NO on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act today! Remember, phonecalls are the most effective!
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121