to change the county charter  and restore sovereignty to every citizen.

Recent quotes from three of our own county council members on their positions as elected officials are revealing as to how they view their proper roles : 

“it sometimes takes a law to change people's behavior”

 "Sometimes I have to be forced to do things that are right and I don't want to.”

 (I need) “to take charge, to lead our County, to define policy in the best interests of the people of our island. “

Frightening, isn't it !

Our county government lately has taken on 3 roles:

  • Administrative (such as determining how many police to hire, or where a road should go, or how to process garbage). This is an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for them to play.
  • Telling us what things we CAN NOT do i.e.:restricting our rights, more so every year
  • Taking our money: i.e.: taxes and fees

We the people have delegated out elected officials the power to be administrators, but we have NOT delegated them the power to restrict our lives and take our money without our permission.

The Consent of the Governed acts will restore forever this authority and sovereignty to the people of the Big Island.



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sen. sam slom (Nov, 2010) Election 2010: Bomb Damage Assessment / After Action Report & What the Future Will Bring

Sen. Sam Slom gave the November address to the Conservative Forum for Hawaii on
“Election 2010: Bomb Damage Assessment / After Action Report & What the Future Will Bring”.

Sam (his preferred choice of address: “Mr. Slom was my father”) has identified himself as a Conservative first and a Republican second.
He viewed the disastrous 2010 Hawaii Republican losses as a ripple effect from the top of the ticket down, coupled with the perfect wave timing of rejection of Governor Linda Lingle and of extremely poor campaigning.

“Just like so many hated Bush in 2008, many hated Lingle”, and that hurt Duke Aiona a lot too.
The public service unions and social service sectors lead that wave of Lingle rejection.
Sam felt Duke ran one of the worst campaigns possible. Instead of promoting the good things the Lingle administration had accomplished, and there were many, he “ran away every chance he got.”
”Lingle was the right governor for the right time, tough when that was needed.”
However, Duke would duck away, trying to disassociate himself completely, which was both ineffective and appeared weak and disingenuous.

His campaign neither addressed this concern of the public nor many others.
This dissatisfaction rippled down to all the other political races as well.

“Rise and shine Hawaii. What was that all about? That was the most insipid thing I ever heard” “People were upset about jobs, prices of food, rent, health care. But civil unions ended up the top issue of the campaign! (And that will now pass the first day the legislature is in session.)"
“He never addressed the issues, what people wanted to hear, and was not passionate about them.”

The result was not a surprise to Sam.

Sam has known Neil Abercrombie since the 1960’s, when both were on the UH campus. Sam was with the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), marching with the US flag, and Abercrombie was with the Students for Democratic Society (SDS), marching with the North Vietnam flag. Yet somehow veterans were never brought in to this governor campaign, which was another error.
Many voters are unaware of Abercrombie‘s history.

 Sam noted that this time there were more and higher quality Republican candidates in every race in the state, but the anti-Lingle sentiment was never adequately confronted by Aiona, and the ripple effect of that and rejecting Aiona crippled all the campaigns for lesser offices, just as the anti-Bush sentiment crippled all Republicans in 2008.

He also pointed out that there were more blank ballots cast for races than in any other election (13,000 in the Djou-Hanabusa race alone), indicating deep dissatisfaction with choices and message offered.

Regarding Charles Djou‘s Congressional race, he felt the mainland money putting out negative ads on his behalf was a turn-off to the voters. The number of ads was eventually fatiguing and resulted in an overall negative view. “He should have disavowed them”, as “local people don’t like piling on”. Djou did not explain issues in a simple and direct manner.

 As for Sam’s election, he is now the only Republican in the Senate.
 However, he believes in individual responsibility and achievement, and he’ll “be fine all alone”. He feels he represents “45% of all Hawaii”, and encouraged anyone anywhere in the islands to contact him as “their” senator. He couldn’t do everything, but “I can do something”. He pledged to remain true to his principles and keep his promises.

 With the incoming Senate president Tsutsui being from the neighbor islands, that would help suppress the Oahu-centric mentality. He has known and worked with him for 8 years. He was the compromise candidate, as Kokubun the senate VP never got enough votes. Sam has been through 4 Senate presidents, and all have treated him fairly. He didn’t see R or D labels, but he would wear his conservative label and stand for conservative principles, which cut across party lines.

 Despite the temporal alignment of Obama, Abercrombie and the Hawaii Democrats, damaging things would not get done, as individuals would still have an effect. He gave the example of how Cayetano got collective bargaining and civil service reform pushed through.
 When the Democrats do rush things through, they were often ineffective. He pointed out the example of the “local jobs for local people bill”, that was forced through the legislature, then vetoed by Gov. Lingle, the veto was over-ridden, but it was found to be both Federally illegal and unconstitutional anyway.

 He saw the budget problems as not going away, being deeply rooted, and would require working together. Sam commented on the recent concerns on the Big Island about the $56million bond issue, and contrasted that with the severe financial problems of Honolulu. “Their $2billion train to nowhere went to $4billion then $7billion, now $10billion and the Fed’s are not bringing bags of money to help” as has been promoted.
 This was on top of Honolulu‘s $5billion in Federal required waste-water management, $2billion sewer upgrade, $2billion water main upgrade (they had 367 water main breaks last year), and needed road repairs.
“I used to say Honolulu has third world roads, but some people from there have complained about the comparison so I should say we have fourth world roads now!”

 The unions are already campaigning and pushing surveys for tax increases, but “if they try to increase GET tax it will be over my dead body.” ”The problem is too much debt and spending, not taxes and revenues.” The state would have to cut expenses, just like every family did when faced with budget problems. “We have the most generous benefits for county and public employees in the nation”. Promises and contracts must be kept, but “we should cut this off for new hires”. “Transparency is lacking, and true costs are not seen.” “We are at a tipping point, and we cannot afford what we don’t have.”

He sadly pointed out how businesses were very poor in
 pointing this out to all their employees, and how it affects everyone
 every day.

 He decried the inhospitable business climate in Hawaii. So many
 opportunities are lost due to the “junk tax system” and excessive
 regulations  that prevented businesses from either starting or profiting.
 Many could not afford to do business here as a result.  “We were the only state in the union to have a net out-migration of population during the 1990’s .“

 The Superferry loss was especially tragic, as “it was bringing people, islands together”, and was diminishing government control of people’s lives. Monopoly businesses such as in Hawaiian Airlines, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, shipping and elsewhere impede economic activity.

 He was so excited when Linda Lingle proclaimed in her first inaugural address that “Hawaii was open for business”. Then only 3 months later, she put forward more tax increases and mandates.

 He was very excited and enthused about the Teaparty movement and tax protests, which were saying “a pox on both parties”. The national election results showed how 45 of 50 states “got it right and listened to the people.” “The Republicans didn’t win, the Democrats lost, and the people put them both on notice to get things right.“ He advised citizens to stay active and involved, “Don’t give up”, as elections come in waves, and change was coming to Hawaii also.