The letter below is abridged from one sent on December 5, 2007 to Republican Activists in the First District. Please also see the Letter to the Editor from John Adams of Mazeppa.
On October 24, 2007, the U.S. Congress passed legislation which would create a separate class of citizen with rights differing from the rest of Americans. This legislation is known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act and was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by 261-153.
Among those voting in favor of this onerous legislation was Congressman Walz.
This bill would allow natives to negotiate with the state of Hawaii and the United States concerning 'lands, natural resources, assets, criminal and civil jurisdiction, and historical grievances.' This Act is designed to create a separate, independent, race-based government for Native Hawaiians. In the words of its two sponsors, 'the purpose of the bill is to allow the Native Hawaiian people to decide on the organization of an entity to represent them in government-to-government relations with the United States.'
When asked if this could lead to reparations, secession or independence one of the bills sponsors, Senator Akaka, stated, 'could be - it all depends on my grandchildren and great grandchildren.'
In 1868, shortly after the Civil War, the Supreme Court stated that we have 'an indestructible Union, composed of indestructible states.' In 1959, Hawaii became our 50th state when 94 percent of inhabitants, including a large majority of Native Hawaiians, voted for statehood. In 1963, I began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every day I attended public school. We all know the words 'One Nation under God, indivisible..' My four children know this pledge and recite it in school as well.
The only thing standing in the way of this Act is a presidential veto and the Supreme Court. As your Congressman to the U.S. House of Representatives, I vow to represent our values and vision for America, not to cast votes which serve to divide us as Congressman Walz has done. We are Americans first. If we forget that our nation starts down a slippery slope.
Candidate for the Republican Endorsement
U.S. House of Representatives, MN-01