How To Stop Being The Least Effective Republicans In The Nation
It Starts With Being Honest About The Problem
Looking over some older Civil Beat articles reinforces our take on the dynamics that have to be dealt with for Hawaii conservatives (which actually line up as being (classic liberalism) to overcome the entrenched one party system.
“Because of the Republican Party’s historical dependence on monied and powerful business interests, their role was as stewards of oligarchy and plutocracy but not as a real, effective political party that can compete with other parties. As a result they eventually atrophied in the post-World War II era as they lacked real organization and structure and lacked a large enough voter base and constituency.”
We share this same view point of inherent structural deficiency that can only be remedied by a complete party re-boot. Simultaneously, our structural based approach defuses the “blame game” regarding the legacy parties past or present leadership. This allows the supporters of the New Republican Party of Hawaii to be ethically grounded and forward looking.
“One reason for Democrats success in Hawaii is because they can — both in overt and subtle ways-remind voters of the state’s past as what can only bluntly be called a racist, white supremacist oligarchy controlled by a dovetailing of economic interests (the formerly dominant sugar and pineapple industry interests) along with the then political power, the Republican Party which largely controlled the Legislature and governorship (then appointed by the president).”
This is the coup-de-grace to any hope of a Republican resurgence in Hawaii outside of a complete and through re-boot/restructuring which once and for all eliminates the historic connection with the Big Five oligarchy.
We have no illusions about the difficulty of reform in a state structured to undercut many of the civic principals that support citizen engagement. its an uphill battle with many people resigned to being powerless to effect change in the cultural/political arena.
At the same time we recognize there are forces at work in our state and nation that relentlessly push us to rise up in a manner not seen in a very, very long time.