I spied Kevin’s participation in the Bonfire of the Vanities and thought we were done guest-blogging here, but since everyone is still hanging out…
The Akaka bill, which would form a race-based separate government for Native Hawaiians, is scheduled to come up for a cloture vote in the Senate Sept. 6, so next week is the week to complain about it, if you want to.
Townhall’s Tim Chapman called it the “Worst Bill You’ve Never Heard Of.” Michelle Malkin has done lots of work on it, as has the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (including a survey, which found 67% of Hawaiians are against the bill).
More recently, Slade Gorton and Hank Brown have chimed in:
The Senate is poised to sanction the creation of a racially exclusive government by and for Native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. The new race-based sovereign that would be summoned into being by the so-called Akaka Bill would operate outside the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s most cherished civil rights statutes. Indeed, the champions of the proposed legislation boast that the new Native Hawaiian entity could secede from the Union like the Confederacy, but without the necessity of shelling Fort Sumter.
Rich Lowry thinks it’s clearly unconstitutional.
Are senators really that comfortable with the idea of a birth certificate check or blood test becoming a necessary requirement for voting in an election? Perhaps they could take a remedial course in American history to understand why we should be moving away from this sort of thing rather than endorsing it.
I blogged about it last time I was here, and got some interesting discussion in the comments. This thing is nasty for a lot of reasons. My co-worker Tim, who has his ear to the Hill (is that even an expression?), fears it will pass because some senators just don’t know what it is, and others have made deals with Akaka. My senators will hear from me about it.