Politics in Hawaii: Is Something Broken?
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Karen Keawehawaii Farias expressed something similar during the Bishop Estate controversy. After encouraging her daughters to get involved, she said to herself, “If I tell them to do something, and then I do nothing, what does that make me?”
I only hope that a culture as diverse as Hawaii’s can find room for and maybe even appreciate a few civic commandos.
Now, like any true academic, I will end with a series of questions rather than answers: When the people to whom we entrust the awesome power of government fail to provide a reasonable degree of transparency, or flatly refuse to be accountable for their actions, whose responsibility is it to stand up?
If not us, who? If not now, when?