This should clear up any doubts about what kind of man
we have sitting in the White HouseCATO Institute
In a classic Friday-afternoon news dump – and on the eve of a holiday weekend, no less – the Interior Department issued an advance notice of proposed rule-making (ANPR) to “solicit public comments on whether and how the Department of the Interior should facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.” (Our friends at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii broke the news; it helps that their weekend starts six hours after Washington’s!)
This would be an end-run around both Congress and the Constitution, marking the first step toward the creation of a race-based government in Hawaii.
Even setting aside the Fourteenth/Fifteenth Amendment and policy problems with any proposed racial governing body, this brazen executive action raises serious separation-of-powers concerns.
#1 – Where does the Obama administration get the authority to establish such a government without the consent of Congress?
#2 – Would such a racially-based government violate the 14th and 15th Amendments, which protect against the violation of due process and racial discrimination?
#3 – Would this be extended to other racial and ethnic groups?
In other words, this seems like a needlessly divisive action by the Obama administration that could have major consequences for the country.#4 – Does this just pour gasoline on the fire of Hawaii’s independence movement?