Akaka bill favors 1 race, is bad legislation
The Akaka bill is not only unconstitutional, it is bad legislation. It is unconstitutional in that it aims to organize a sovereign government entity based on ancestry, a proxy for race in this case. Participation in the proposed governing entity is clearly limited to individuals of a Hawaiian ancestry, violating the equal protection clause of the 14th and voting rights clause of the 15th amendments. The United States is founded on the principle of equality for all citizens to enjoy certain rights, liberties and representation.
Furthermore, if a group of citizens received past unjust treatment, we abide by the practice of acknowledging the injustice, making reparations and ensuring equality of rights moving forward. We do not create within our country distinct sovereign governments based on association to that particular group. No such government entity exists for women, African Americans or Japanese Americans.Why are our elected officials attempting to illegally organize a race-based government that will segregate our nation?
I implore Senators Inouye and Akaka to work within the framework of the Constitution and vote against the Akaka bill.
Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2005/05/11/editorial/index.html