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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Liberty or anarchy?

Liberty or anarchy?

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:23 AM HST

I am writing in regard to the article which appeared on the front page of the March 8 edition of the Tribune-Herald titled, "Group aims to protect isle liberties."

First, I would like to point out that the title is quite misleading and actually would have been more appropriately titled, "Group aims to promote anarchy."

What the Conservative Forum appears to be proposing is that the representational function of the Hawaii County Council would in fact become useless, as no matter what they may propose it would have to be subjected to a two-thirds vote of the people.

If one follows the premise of this group, nearly any item before the council can be interpreted as infringing on some citizen's rights. Do we need a referendum when a law is proposed to keep sex offenders away from schools? After all, that is infringing on the rights of certain people who live in this county.

Perhaps the members of the Conservative Forum do not understand that they live in a democracy that has chosen representative government as its form of managing the political life of its citizens.

This form of government was established by the founding fathers and defended by countless millions through wars and political action.

If the citizens do not agree with the decisions being made by their elected representatives, they have the opportunity to vote them out of office -- or if the representation is egregious they can utilize recall or impeachment.

The focus of all responsible government is to respond to the wishes of the majority while protecting the minority. While our County Council, at times, passes laws that I do not approve of, I certainly do not want to live in the anarchy of a free-for-all of determining whose rights may be being infringed upon as determined by constant referendums. Just imagine the financial burden of that process.

I would suggest that if people are asked to sign the proposed petition to amend the County Charter, they think very carefully about what chaos they are endorsing.

Carolyn Blankfield



5 lunas on council vs. sovereignty for every citizen


published in Hawaii Tribune-Herald 12 March, 2010

Dear Editor:

How timely that we read today, the very day after announcing the Consent of the Governed project, that Councilwoman Naeole wants to pass a law banning smoking in private vehicles if a child under 18 yrs old is present.
Of course, this would be without asking the people to vote on it, as only she and her colleagues are enlightened enough to know what's best.

Now this ban may or may not be a good idea, but it is alarming to continue to allow a mere 5 people alone (a majority of the council) to determine what is good parenting, and make laws and criminal punishments about such, and how every citizen on the island should live their lives, all without asking our permission.

I personally know only too well the perils of smoking, as every patient I see attests to after receiving my lecture.
However, this ban MUST be put before the people in a referendum.

These continued and accelerating edicts by a select few alone must be stopped, and sovereignty restored to all citizens.
Only we should decide the details of how we live our lives, not just an elitist five.
Support the Consent of the Governed Acts to amend the county charter:

Edward Gutteling, M.D.
V.P.,  Conservative Forum for Hawaii


Time for you to act !

Help regain your sovereignty:

Call or email us on how to sign the petiton, or how to help !    966-5420

Enough listening, watching & complaining : now you can really cause a change for the better.


Restoring true sovereignty to every citizen : President Walter Moe announced at the March meeting the Consent of the Governed project

of the Conservative Forum, which will restore true sovereignty to every Big Island citizen through two amendments to the County Charter: "The Conservative Forum for Hawaii announces today a new effort which we are starting that we feel will have universal appeal to all the citizen’s of the Big Island, of all political parties. This is an effort to restore true sovereignty to all citizens, so each citizen can more effectively be in control of his own life, and establish a precedent for firmly placing power over our lives where it belongs, in the hands of the people themselves and not with just a privileged few.

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March address by Mr. Robert Duerr,

"The Economic Panic of 2009. What Wen Broke?"

Mr. Duerr addressed the March Forum meeting with a fascinating review of financial disasters through the ages, including uncomfortable comparison's as far back as the fall of the Roman Empire, which was induced through a long-term decay of their economy's innate productivity and a devaluation of their currency. Money is a symbol of wealth" he said, not true wealth itself. The history of money is the history of civilization.  Lessons about our current predicament and recent financial crises are gleaned throughout history.

Societally, we must protect the value of real wealth and nurture true wealth creation. Individually, we must guard against debt and also value true wealth rather than paper symbols.

A lively question and answer followed.


See the archived speeches menu button at top of web page for full text of his address.

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