Federal Train Wreck: Another Response to Ian Lind


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the picture accompanying Ian Lind’s July 9th article was worth at least that. For those who can’t find them, here are a thousand words to accompany the image of the speaker holding the sign that said “No Treaty of Annexation.” Ian Lind got back into the sovereignty dialog following a hiatus provoked by a debate with me in March. At first, it seemed as if he didn’t read my final response in that debate (I was writing in the Hawaiʻi Independent, where I am a regular contributor), but I found his stance softening a bit, focusing on the Hawaiian entitlements, I even found myself agreeing with him occasionally. But still there was denial of a history that is quickly establishing itself. Even the most adamant independence advocates favor keeping the entitlement programs. It’s a predicament. But there are solutions on a case-by-case basis, and this is how these programs should be approached: each according to its own particular historical trajectory.

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