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March 26, 2018

Think About It: Repo Republicans

Bravery or politically savvy? That's the question some are asking after last week's announcement that biennial political candidate, Charles Djou, has become the latest local defector from the Republican party. This follows on the heels of disillusion and disownment from City Council member Kymberly Pine, which followed the March, 2017, defection of State House Republican leader, Beth Fukumoto. While each politico left for somewhat different reasons, the underlying theme was a perceived lack of party tolerance, barbed commentary from the right, and/or a general lack of respect for the current president.

Whatever the reasons, the sardonic slogan "…will the last one out please turn off the lights" seems to be close to becoming a Republican reality here. Zero state senators out of 25, just five House reps out of 51, and now a loss in the City Council, a group which shifts leadership and committee chairs about as often as the sun rises. Whatever your leanings, the Republican representation fallout doesn't bode well for vital  legislative checks and balances, alternative points of view, compromise when valid, and all of those other things a good, two party system is supposed to ensure for the general populace in a democracy.

Whether or not you want to argue that fiscally conservative or deeply religious Democrats here are really akamai Republicans dressed in blue clothing for convenience sake, the mere fact that the elected or the possibly electable group of Republicans who work in Hawaii continues to dwindle as more established members say "aloha" has got to make you wonder what's up with the party system. Elected Democrats often can't get along in the legislative branch and thus shift chairs and allegiances frequently. We had a near purge in the State House, we have multiple Democratic challengers opposing our incumbent governor come August, and on the other side of the political party spectrum, we now hear nary a word, as far too many have left for what they feel isn't right, or even centrist. Think about it…   

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