We’re in the midst of the Congressional recess, which means all four of our MOCs are back in the state. While we may or may not get the chance to meet personally with them while they are in town, we are making our points known to their staffs that we expect their attention, their action, and they continued support of the efforts to stop this administration. Even if they aren’t in the room, they’ll get the message, and having a strong crowd sends a strong message.
WHAT, WHERE + WHEN
Option 1 : Visit the offices of Senator Schatz, Senator Hirono, and Rep. Gabbard Federal Building at 300 Ala Moana (gather at 11:45am at Ala Moana/Makai side entrance)
Option 2 : Visit Rep Hanabusa's office on Fort Street at noon (1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910)
NOTE : Bring a photo ID
TALKING POINTS :
This is chess, not checkers. We’re in this for the long-haul and we expect our MOCs to be more than the party of no. We expect them to find solutions, bring forth ideas worth consideration, and call out the GOP on their agenda-squashing, America-bashing tactics that are putting our nation and its people in harms way. We’re all hopeful that Mueller’s work will yield fruit, but in the meantime, we have work to do and we expect them in the middle of the fight, pushing innovative ideas to improve the ACA, protect our environment, and preserve the tenets of democracy. We’ll let them know that we’re focused on 2018, and that we believe there’s a lot of work to be done to get the right people in Congress. We’ll be doing our part, and we expect them to be doing theirs - whether they are up for re-election or not.
North Korea continues to escalate. “The US will pay dearly” is frightening rhetoric and we’re not convinced this administration has a cohesive strategy. We want to hear their views on the matter and know what they’re doing proactively to protect Hawaii and to de-escalate this potential global threat.
Russia, Debt-Ceiling, and Generals In Charge. The noise coming out of this administration is deafening, and much of it is quite concerning. We will let them know that we still expect the Congressional committees to do their due-diligence on the Russia probes; that the debt-ceiling stand-off that looms may well be different than those past administrations because of the guy in the WH and we can’t afford to be complacent on this one; and lastly, when generals start getting all the senior appointments, it sounds an alarm. They follow orders - which may not always be in our nation’s best interest. In his 1998 book Dereliction of Duty, General McMasters wrote that the LBJ administration and its top leadership were characterized by “arrogance, weakness and lying in the pursuit of self interest.” He goes on to make a compelling case that LBJ hijacked the military for his own agenda, pushing the US into a war that the military didn’t find necessary, and that military leaders have an ethical obligation to speak out or resign. Now General McMasters is in the room. Will he follow his own counsel?