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Monday, July 27, 2009

EXTRA: House of Representatives Retains Sanity, However Briefly
Posted by Jill | 9:22 PM
While Republican congressmen were busy questioning Barack Obama's citizenship, Congressional Democrats got 378 votes for a resolution "recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State":

Whereas August 21, 2009, marks the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's signing of Proclamation 3309, which admitted Hawaii into the Union in compliance with the Hawaii Admission Act, enacted by the United States Congress on March 18, 1959;

Whereas Hawaii is `a place like no other, with a people like no other' and bridges the mainland United States to the Asia-Pacific region;

Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii;

Whereas Hawaii has contributed to the diversity of Congress in electing the first Native Hawaiian member of Congress, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole, the first Asian-American member, Hiram Fong, the first woman of color, Patsy T. Mink, and the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate, Daniel Kahikina Akaka;

Whereas Hawaii is an example to the rest of the world of unity and positive race relations;

Whereas Pearl Harbor is a strategic military base for the U.S. in the Pacific and also a historical site for the Nation, being the location of the December 7, 1941, surprise Japanese aerial attack that thrust the Nation into World War II;

Whereas Hawaii is home to 1/4 of the endangered species in the United States;

Whereas Hawaii has 8 national parks, which preserve volcanoes, complex ecosystems, a Hansen's disease colony, and other sites of historical and cultural significance;

Whereas Kilauea ranks among the most active volcanoes on Earth;

Whereas President Bush nominated the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Centre for consideration to the World Heritage List;

Whereas Hawaii has produced musical legends ranging from traditional favorites such as Alfred Apaka, Don Ho, and Genoa Keawe, to Hawaii renaissance performers such as Eddie Kamae, Raymond Kane, Gabby Pahinui, Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, the Brothers Cazimero, and the Beamer Brothers, and continuing on to contemporary stars such as Keali`i Reichel, Ledward Kaapana, Jake Shimabukuro, and Raiatea Helm;

Whereas Hawaii is culturally rich, as the Hawaiian culture has been protected through Hawaiian language immersion schools, hula competitions such as the Merrie Monarch Festival, canoeing voyages undertaken by vessels like the Hokule`a, and the continuing historic preservation of Hawaiian traditions;

Whereas the Hawaii Statehood Commission has held a Joint Session of the Hawaii State Legislature in honor of statehood and will be celebrating this milestone with a public discussion and with the arrival of the USS Hawaii; and

Whereas for all of these reasons Hawaii is a truly unique State: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes and celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.

Even wingnut di tutti wingnuts Ernie Scott Garrett of our own NJ-5 voted for this. No one voted no, but 35 Republicans and 20 Democrats did not vote.

It would be tempting to believe that this will put the "birther" nonsense back in the hands of "Crazy Eileen" and other seers of gargoyles where it belongs. But as Mike Stark found out, the Republicans aren't going to abandon their lunatic base that easily:


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Blogger earlbo said...
The video is sad and ridiculous and embarrassing to Americans and America! The "chase scene" was really "Daily Show" worthy. That is funny until you realize these are the people elected into office to decide our national policies.

But this is the price America is paying for the lusty embrace of know-nothingism and willful ignorance. Freedom isn't free, and greatness isn't built on pandering to the lowest common denominator. These are the people who will drag this country kicking and screaming into the dark ages.

The US is a nation in precipitous, shocking decline - it doesn't really matter what your personal beliefs are or whether you are a D or an R - the numbers don't lie. It's no longer about opinion - it's about the metrics. Infant mortality rate, literacy rate, life expectancy, educational achievement, disposable personal income, access to health care - WE ARE NOT - NOT - NOT - NUMBER ONE! We once could make a strong case that we were, like when Apollo 11 went to the moon, but that was then - and this is now.

Blogger Bob said...
I'll give a couple of em credit for not running away, & the guy from Illinois smartly didn't want to make an issue of it. But the others are rodents.