Local people: Major exportTo the Forum:

The fate of the Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, which was delayed by the clash of

USA politics, caught the attention of the world.

Before drowning in a

sinking craft, the boy’s mother placed him in an inflated inner tube, cast him

adrift, and told him he would survive.

From some distance, Florida

fishermen were later to notice a school of dolphins frolicking in one

particular area of the sea. The fishermen steered their boats in that direction

hoping to spot the catch-of-the-day destined for Miami’s restaurant

tables.

They found instead a greater prize. The dolphins had gathered about

the little Cuban boy.

In some respects the youth of Hawai’i are as

symbolically adrift as Cuban youth are, for unintended similarities between

Cuba and Hawai’i have long existed.

In 1959 the Communist Party took power

in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s leadership. About three years later Hawai’i’s

Democrat Party came to power with the defeat of Republican Governor Quinn by

Democrat John Burns and the defeat of Republican Ben Dillingham by Senator

Inouye.

Both political parties have been in power for a long four decades.

Both parties always win elected majorities and continue to have their men as

top state leaders.

However, many young citizens vote by fleeing from their

island homes instead of using the local ballot box. The longest-running

parallel shared by Communist rule in Cuba and Democrat rule in Hawai’i is their

major export: LOCAL PEOPLE.

As reported in the O’ahu press, early census

data shows that Hawai’i’s population continues to decline. The wealthy new

arrivals, Caucasians from mainland USA and Hong Kong and Vancouver Chinese, do

not offset, numerically, the flight of born-and-raised local young

people.

Cuban Communist rule and Hawai’i Democrat rule results in

substandard economic conditions, forcing young, bright, and ambitious citizens

to leave home for better schools and better livelihoods on the USA mainland,

especially Florida and California.

There is yet no way to see a time when

Communists do not control Cuba and Democrats do not control the political life

of Hawai’i.

What is certain is that the 1990s economic health of mainland

USA did not extend to Castro’s Cuba or the Democrat Party’s Hawai’i. Both

establishments were too busy raising taxes and denying growth and economic

liberty to their citizens.

Douglas E. Rapozo

Kapa’a

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