Waiting & Hoping is Not a Plan
Dramatic Reform is Needed

The present state of Republican fortunes in Hawaii requires a new vision and direction for expressing the Consent of the Governed which is the sole reason for any political parties existence.

The People Are There!

According to Gallup there are 146,000 registered voters in Hawaii who identify as Republicans out of the 50% of people who are registered to vote.  It’s time their voice and so many others are heard!

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln

The Hawaii Republican Parties First Fifty Years

The Hawaii Republican Party was originally slated to be formed by members of the American Union Party (the party of annexation) in March of 1899 but was postponed until May of 1900.

In the first elections as the Territory of Hawaii the ruling Republican Party lost to the Home Rule Party which was modeled after similar nationalist parties in British controlled colonies.

The governance of the Home Rule Party proved ineffective and Prince Jonah Kuhio and half the delegates walked out of the HRP’s convention in July of 1902 to form the short-lived Hui Kuokoa Party (partnership for independence/freedom) but by September of 1902 Prince Kuhio decided to join the Republican Party.

This Haole-Hawaiian alliance gave the Republican Party of Hawaii legislative pluralities which proved to be the basis of control by the political oligarchy generally referred to as the “Big Five”.

This interlocking financial network found territorial status advantageous as it allowed for both a favorable tax treatment to preserve their vast real estate holdings (47% of Hawaii land area) and made it possible to import cheap labor in a manner not allowed under statehood.

The Democrat “revolution” of the mid-fifties broke the political monopoly of the Republican Party.  This has lead to a steady political decline which has brought the Hawaii Republican Party the present status as the least effective Republican Party in the nation.

Just The Facts

These charts show the “comparative strength” of Republican Parties in Democrat dominated states.  For illustration, in California 29 Senate seats are held by Democrats and 11 are held by Republicans   If those 29 seats are measured at 100% than the 11 GOP seats are 27.5% by comparison.

On the other hand, 28% of the population identify as Republicans compared to 43% as Democrats.  This meaning the GOP in California actually has a 65.1% comparative strength in party identification if we measure the Democrats at 100%.

 

                                 Senate      House       Partisan Split

California                   29-11        61-19        43-28

Comparative Strength  27.5%       23.75%     65.1%

Delaware                   12-9          26-15        47-28

Comparative Strength 42.8%       57.6%       59.5%

Illinois                       40-19        74-44        50-33

Comparative Strength 47.5%       59.4%       66%

Massachusetts            34-6          127-32      35-10

Comparative Strength 17.6%       25.1%       28.5%

New Jersey                25-15        54-26        32-19

Comparative Strength 60%          48.1%       59.3%

New York                   40-22        106-43       49-23

Comparative Strength 55%          40.5%       46.9%

Oregon                      18-12        38-22        37-29

Comparative Strength 66%          57.8%       78.3%

Washington               29-20        57-41        49-34

Comparative Strength 68.9%       71.9%       69.3%

Second Worst Ranking

Rhode Island              33-5          66-9          41-10

Comparative Strength 15.1%       13.6%       24.3%

Worst in the Nation

Hawaii:                      24-1          46-5          50-28

Comparative Strength 4%           10.8%       56%   

The New GOP Hawaii

The founders of the Hawaii Republican Party are responsible for laying the foundation of the one party state which now plagues republicanism in the the islands.  They concentrated control as they had during the one party rulership of the Republic of Hawaii.  They instituted in 1905 the most centralized form of county government (City & County) which destroyed any chance of incorporated municipalities arising which could produce innovation and leadership to threaten their political monopoly.

Now we find ourselves on the outside looking in on a form of government that was based on opportunism not the eternal values espoused by the founders of the GOP.  And, bearing the blame for both that self-serving opportunism, (which modern Republicans had nothing to do with) and our present failure to advance Republican agendas that have enriched the rest of the nation.

Establishing a New GOP in Hawaii on the solid foundation which has guided the Republican party as the defender of liberty, individual freedom and  prosperity for all Americans makes sense. If the present configuration of republicanism in Hawaii cannot make headway it is not the fault of the timeless values the party has expressed and defended for over 160 years.

If the New GOP succeeds in capturing the hearts and minds of the people of Hawaii by having the courage to try things differently than that is something everyone who values the Constitution can celebrate!