It’s no secret that I am anti-Trump, and if I were in government employ I’d be one of those “Deep State” people dragging his feet when told to carry out patents;y ridiculous directives. No, on second thought I’d quit. I have this underlying sense-of-duty that if you work for the federal government you also work for the President in charge of the government and have a duty to carry out his mandates. Unless the order’s certifiably illegal, you do it.
I have a daughter who is a foreign service officer in the State Department (Hanoi, Kabul, Nepal, Kosovo, Fiji, Australia) and I would expect her to carry out the orders of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even if she finds them poorly designed. She can always quit and take her objections public. She works to make sure our USAID money if well and non-discriminatorily spent regardless who’s in the White House.
My argument (and I’ll be interested to hear feedback from loud-spoken, hard-core Hawaii Trumpists ) is that DT quite often appears to be uneducated in his public remarks, quick to blame others for things that go wrong, flat-out lies, and outdoes every president in our history in calling other people nasty names or giving them nasty nicknames such as “Pencil Neck.” Do you disagree with that?
I have this deep sense that what he really wants to say is “if you people would just let me run things without having to consult Congress, we’d really get things done!”
I’m not anti-GOP. I voted first time around for Gov. Linda Lingle (not the second time.) I would not have gone into hibernation had Mitt Romney beaten Barack Obama. I was okay with George Bush until the Iraq war came around. George H.W. until the “read my lips, no new taxes” quirk. My first presidential vote was for Eisenhower.
But Trump — he plays one group against another. Whites against non-white immigrants. Factory workers against factory investors. He’s unpresidential in his meetings with foreign leaders. He seems to revel in ignoring advisers. Who else in that office has ever publicly said he’s smarter than the generals?
Fake news? Of course not. Most of us in journalism and outside it have an ability to spot falsehoods and disorder within governmental administrations and we who write or broadcast rightfully report those so people know if things are being well run.
Is some news inaccurate. Of course. Mistakes are made, but in most cases I know of they are corrected. And you must learn to separate news from opinion in what you read and see and hear in news media.
My sense is that one reason Hawaii doesn’t have a larger GOP presence is because of GOP history. When the ultras-conservative Pat Robertson movement arose, some of our prominent Republicans switched to Democrat. Then the local party had Willis Lee and Eric Ryan and they alienated more party member. And the new party chairwoman Sherlene Ostrov, who shares general GOP “rightness” but is not able to bring any significant candidates or any significant number of voters into the party.
People are correct who say the Democrats have spent a lot of money but not done a helluva lot to make this place more affordable, more business friendly. I’d say 100% right and I keep hoping for someone of any party or even a non-partisan to win with a better agenda. I’m tired of the failures!
But the GOP cannot keep putting up the Duke Aionas, John Carrolls, Bob McDermotts and Marissa Kernses. It really needs to support top-flight and moderate candidates such as Charles Djou, who got little support because he would not fly the GOP flag high enough and quit the GOP and won’t run any more.
It’s basically been the Hawaii story since the start of the 60s.
Remember how Hiram Fong (GOP) easily defeated Tom Gill (D) for the Senate? That and Neal Blaisdell and Hebden Porteus and Pat Saiki and Wadsworth Yee. The great years!
A Bush I or Bush II endorsement for a Hawaii GOP candidate was very valuable. A Trump endorsement now? A kiss of death.
Why? Not just Trump policies. We in Hawaii, like most Pacific territories, have expectations of certain behavior and how we speak of others. Trump has violated those.
He’s not welcome in most of our houses.