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Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Akaka Bill is Back

Source: kgmb
Senator Daniel Akaka is once again trying to get Federal recognition for Native Hawaiians. Seven months after the Akaka bill failed to get a vote in the Senate, the Hawaii Senator reintroduced it Wednesday. He says it will have a better chance of passage this time with democratic majority in both houses of Congress, and Hawaii lawmakers agree.

"When he and I spoke Tuesday on the telephone, I made it very clear to him that while I like to be a part of this effort, it's going to have to be done differently from last time," said Governor Linda Lingle.

In a written statement, Senator Daniel Inouye says, "I am pleased to join my colleague, Senator Akaka, as a co-sponsor. We have every confidence that the Native Hawaiian people will take their rightful place in the family of governments that makes up our constitutional system of governance."
So what is the Akaka bill you might ask? Lamar Alexander placed this statement in the Congressional record opposing the bill...
On the Introduction of the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act

Mr. ALEXANDER. Mr. President, today the Senator from Hawaii reintroduced the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, a bill that would create a new, race-based government within the borders of the United States. I strongly oppose this bill. This legislation was considered and rejected by the Senate last year; we ought not waste one moment of the Senate’s time on it this year. Instead, we should consider legislation that unites us all as Americans. Our nation must remain ‘one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all’ – not many nations, divided by race, with special privileges for some. Here are four reasons this bill should be stopped in its tracks:

1. It would create a new, sovereign government within our borders.

2. As noted by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the bill “would discriminate on the basis of race or national origin.”

3. The bill is really about transferring control over “land” and “other assets” to this new, race-based government.

4. Native Hawaiians are not just “another Indian tribe” since they do not meet the requirements under current law of being sovereign for the last 100 years, living as a separate and distinct community, and having a preexisting political organization.

I hope my colleagues will join me in opposing this dangerous piece of legislation
So, it's more likely that our country will be even more Balkanized and fractured under Democrats? How lovely? Why is it any piece of crap, anti-American bill is assured smoother passage with (D)'s in charge? Why is that?H/T NRO

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