Letter for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Comfortable wearing MAGA hat in public

This past Fourth of July was a special Independence Day. I was invited to a Republican Party barbecue on Kauai.

Steve Yoder, chair of the local Republican Party, along with his lovely wife Tina, sponsored an awesome BBQ.

Since becoming a Trump supporter I have felt quite isolated, especially living in a dominated Democratic state. I have been shunned in restaurants and have been given the short treatment by professionals on the phone.

For the first time in three years, since a friend gifted me a “Make American Great Again” T-shirt and hat, I was able to wear them in pride. I have worn my MAGA hat before but was always uncomfortable wearing it. However, on this Independence Day I had a sense of camaraderie, finally getting together with folks with like minds.

I have always considered myself an independent. However with all that’s going on in the world, one must take sides. Just like Bob Dylan once wrote, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re going to have to serve somebody.”

I have chosen the party of “pro-life,” the party of “the right to bear arms” and support the 2nd amendment, and the party to keep Israel as our friend.

It truly amazes me as a man of the Jewish faith that most of my fellow Jews for some reason are Democrats and support their pro-Palestinian agenda. Finally, the number one reason to support the Republicans is their commitment to keeping America safe through border security.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

37 Comments
  1. George July 9, 2019 1:27 am Reply

    Really Kimo? You are ready to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body? Anything for attention. Sad!


    1. rk669 July 10, 2019 6:16 am Reply

      Killing her unborn child?


    2. Annie Sims July 12, 2019 2:38 pm Reply

      Hi James I was a die hard Democrats until Hillary Clinton was running for the presidency. I’m glad she lost. Sure don’t like the Clintons back at the White House. Those who doesn’t did their research were probably brainwashed by fake news. I only now watch OAN that’s the only news that tell the truth. And I’m sure did #WalkingAwayFromTheDemocrats I myself gets attack left and right from my so called friends. That’s got to show who we’re your true friends Even the snowflakes making bad comments in your blog. All I can say to them to #StopTheHate and #WakeUp smell the coffee. One thing I’m so disappointed in Maze Herono I’ve voted for her even went in her campaign. I thought she’s an honest person.


  2. Pete Antonson July 9, 2019 1:27 am Reply

    There is a specific, necessary component left out of this letter that would be surmised only by a person leading an examined life. The 7 to 1 voter registration on Kauai indicates that 70% lead examined lives and direct empathy and aloha towards others. About 10-15% are undecided or disinterested. That leaves 15-20% who choose to support donald j. trump, an avowed birther racist, a serial molester of women (self admitted on a bus), an enabler of bigotry, a stone cold liar, one who divides for personal gain, a crooked businessman, a golf cheat, a tax cheat, and someone wallowing in narcissism; certifiably!.
    That component, the one that leads to a MAGA(T) Hat, is a total lack of shame!


  3. Steven McMacken July 9, 2019 4:23 am Reply

    I am heartened to learn that you are no longer too uncomfortable to wear your MAGA cap out in public, Kimo. After all, there’s no shame in wanting to make America great.

    I had no idea how difficult it has been for you over the past couple of years. Given short shrift by professionals? And shunned in restaurants? Gosh, that must have been painful to have to sit at your table and imagine that the other patrons were averting their eyes or, worse, pretending that you weren’t there! I didn’t realize you were such a big deal, let alone that you were important enough TO be shunned. But try not to dwell on it. Perhaps you can take solace with the fact that you and Sarah Huckabee Sanders share something in common.

    I am just thankful that you have finally found your rightful place with like-minded folks — and that you’re supporting the party that wants to keep Israel as our friend. But here’s the deal, don’t you find it curious that of the total of 34 Jews in the House and Senate, that an overwhelming number (32) are Democrats and only two are Republicans?


  4. kauaiboy July 9, 2019 6:55 am Reply

    I am so sorry, James. that you have been given a hard time by those less aware than yourself.

    The nerve of those folks, isolating you, shunning you in restaurants, and being given short treatment by professionals on the phone.

    And the Federal Justice system, dis-allowing Trump from blocking critical Tweets from his Twitter account because it infringes on their First Amendment rights! What’s the matter with these judges? Have they no respect for authoritarianism?

    And Jews! Why in the world would fellow Jews fly in the face of your wisdom? I just don’t get it. Don’t they understand that Netanyahu is just looking out for Jews when he seeks to crush the Palestinians and their crazy ideas of re-acquiring territories historically theirs which were seized by Israel, and establishing an independent state? Don’t they see that these primitive cavemen deserve to just go away, never to be see or heard from again? What Jew could possibly argue with the logic of Israel’s great leader?

    But wait. All those folks recognize that President Trump. who you so revere, is a Barnum and Bailey showman, a loudmouth who hates women (unless they are young and lovely and deserving of his attentions) and Muslims and Hindus and Blacks and Hispanics and just about anyone who is not white and who does not line up to lap at his teats with a promise never to nip or to question his authority.

    Trump is a sickness, a cancer on our democracy, and a symbol of fear and hate and greed. Throw the bum out and get someone into the White House who better understands how a democracy works.

    If you object to a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who is a woman, a Hispanic, a Black, an Asian, a Hindu, you could always support Bernie. He’s a fellow Jew, but you might be having problems with the fact that his head is screwed on righter than Donnies…


  5. Craig Millett July 9, 2019 7:42 am Reply

    So, James you have painted yourself into a tiny corner and then you wonder why others of your “faith” don’t seem to want to join you there. Perhaps you might consider asking them and then listening to what they tell you. Their answers might open your mind and let you escape into the light.


  6. Alan Maislen July 9, 2019 8:45 am Reply

    Border security didn’t keep you out of Hawaii, Chemo. You live on an island. What’s your problem?


  7. Lawaibob July 9, 2019 8:45 am Reply

    Trump for Prison 2020


  8. Ka'aona Kipuka July 9, 2019 8:50 am Reply

    “James” please make up your mind… I thought you were an Obama supporter??? Now all of a sudden you support that idiot in the WH… He’s an absolute embarrassment to the rest of the world. But you go ahead and support him that’s your choice. And please continue to wear your maga hat “proudly”… Kauai GOP BBQ (laughable)….


  9. gordon oswald July 9, 2019 8:53 am Reply

    Good letter Kimo! Only in a free Country can stupid, naïve, and immature adults, who think like children, make one feel bad about wearing a hat that says Make America Great Again! President Trump is the best thing that’s happened to these “children” in their lifetimes!


    1. Steven McMacken July 9, 2019 11:38 am Reply

      Gag me with a spoon.


    2. Alan Maislen July 10, 2019 2:06 am Reply

      Triggered much?


  10. james July 9, 2019 9:27 am Reply

    Kimo; If I walked around wearing a hat that said “F**k You” I would expect a negative reaction. If I supported the NAMBLA organization (google it) and made it known to the community, I would expect to be shunned and ostracized except by those who shared my unacceptable views. You’ve made your bed and made your choices; the majority of folks don’t agree with your views. Get over it and quit whining, snowflake. Trumpers give it to everyone else, but can’t take it and play the victim. SMH.


  11. ruthann jones July 9, 2019 9:43 am Reply

    you forgot to mention babies locked in cages, sexual abuse, tax fraud…oh, but gotta’ love that second amendment. I hope you and your three fellow tRumptards enjoyed the occasion. Shame, shame.


  12. Craig Callaway July 9, 2019 10:53 am Reply

    Kimo, you darling cutey! Mahalo for not telling us about the red, white and blue underwear you wore to the celebration.


  13. Doug July 9, 2019 12:39 pm Reply

    I’m wondering where the aloha spirit went, based on the majority of the responses above it is dead and buried. So much hate and venom in these responses, it sickens me. you can get your point across without being hateful, but apparently no one cares to do that on the island anymore……….


    1. Dug July 10, 2019 5:02 am Reply

      People should not tolerate intolerance. These replies are a fine example of denying the theme of hate by Trump and his supporters.


    2. Steven McMacken July 10, 2019 11:15 am Reply

      Hateful? Venomous? Most, if not all, the comments were reasoned responses to a patently absurd letter. One thing I can tell you for certain is that your “dead and buried” Aloha Spirit will have a rebirth once the Liar-in-Chief is voted out of office.


      1. Carrie July 12, 2019 5:14 am Reply

        So wrong, there was no aloha spirt when I moved to Kaua’i 14 years ago. I had never experienced such automatic hatred because of the color of my skin. I wanted to do an about face the first week I lived there. I happen to live next door to a Kaua’i transplant and they say the same thing about Kaua’i.So stop trying to pin every negative thing that happens to trump, that is just for fake talk.


        1. Steven McMacken July 12, 2019 11:46 am Reply

          Sorry to hear you had that experience. I guess it depends on who your neighbors are, Carrie. I moved to Kauai in 2007 (after visiting here for 20 years) and felt nothing BUT Aloha Spirit for the time I was living here. I rarely had an “effing haole” moment. And as far as Trump is concerned? Kauai, the state of Hawaii, the United States AND the world will be much better off the day he is booted out of office.


        2. OK... July 13, 2019 2:36 pm Reply

          So now you know what it’s like?


  14. Wait a minute... July 9, 2019 12:58 pm Reply

    Just how does anyone, professional or otherwise, on the phone know you’re a Trump supporter? Particularly when you were afraid to ‘come out’ as it were.

    Also, I hope you never called anyone else a snowflake…


  15. George July 9, 2019 1:51 pm Reply

    Would you want your wife, or daughters around that guy? Eh gordo? Not everyone who disagrees with your thoughts are stupid, childish etc.

    Maybe turn off the the rhetorical loop running through your head for once.


  16. Carrie July 9, 2019 8:14 pm Reply

    It is very sad to read these comments. Kimo is saying how he feels and most responses to his letter are personal attacks on him. You people that are attacking him and spewing vitriol at him, are no better than the person you hate.

    You don’t have to be a big deal or important to have people shun, avert their eyes or pretend you aren’t there. It happens to people around the world on a daily basis because they are different. It starts in schools. Lucky you if you missed being teased and where always so popular.

    And why do you feel the need to be sarcastic and rude. Were you people bullied as a child and this is payback time? Does this make you feel better?

    I have to ask myself why is the NAMBLA even on someone’s radar. I have seen plenty of F**k you t-shirts and much worst and people don’t seem to be phased by it. But wear a Trump support shirt or hat and you can get yourself beat up.

    Do you all feel better now? Attacking people for their opinions is just wrong. It’s just the same as attacking ones race, sexuality, or religion. It is so disheartening to continually see the name calling banter on here. I wonder, would it even be possible for you all to exercise some self control and try not to attack fellow humans.

    Please refrain yourselves from writing that I must agree with Trump on all aspects of your points because I don’t. My point here is to make you realize that words hurt. That is what we are trying to teach our children so we don’t have so many child suicides.

    Maybe then we can make America Great again.


    1. JAMES July 11, 2019 7:12 am Reply

      Yes people get shunned and looked down upon around the world, but mostly because of what class they are born into, their socio-economic status, or their race, looks, body type, etc. These are things that are difficult if not impossible to change, not conscious choices they make. Big difference. When you make a choice, like to wear a hat offensive to most of us then write about it, you have to expect feedback, especially if that choice offends people. If you submit a letter here, touting your views, you can expect responses.


      1. Carrie July 11, 2019 7:41 pm Reply

        Not so, people are bullied for a lot less that that. People still get bullied for sexuality, religious attire, etc. But you missed my point. It is still not o.k to criticize and attack a person for there expression or beliefs! I live in an area were offensive souvenirs are sold everywhere. And I have seen them worn. It is their right and I doubt if people are verbally attacking them. Make America great again is NOT offensive. And a lot of people don’t think it is offensive, so speak for yourself but not for everyone. You just don’t like the person that coined that phrase. There has been many politicians that have coined phrases. So don’t get you panties in a wad over it and beat up a person that wears one. You criticize Trump calling him the usual names and then you go around and do the same thing to people unlike you.


        1. Cryie July 13, 2019 2:38 pm Reply

          So, being mean to the mean people is too mean for you to handle?


      2. Tooindependent July 12, 2019 8:49 pm Reply

        You didn’t hear one word of what she said. Thanks Carrie you are 110% correct.


  17. Charlie Chimknee July 9, 2019 10:30 pm Reply

    As Bob Dylan said…”stuck in the middle with you…”…the far deep middle who could care less about any political opinion…or either side of the same swamp.

    However the shrewd, wild cat “awfully” wealthy business man non politician and the first to be elected President of his ilk, is too much for those used to the same old wambly mambly blatantly corrupt politicians lawyers and back room deals former presidents that Mr.Trump shares much of also, and does anyone actually give a hoot…when it’s a corrupt Dem or Repub…past present or future?

    From Viet Johnson who killed millions of civilians across the Pacific (OxyMoron) and 10’s of thousands of our own along with Tricky Dick the Nixonion; and World Trader Center (what happened to Building #7…? ? ?) Bush Boy and his deceptively snidely Dickie Cheney…with their 100 story Red Herrings that allowed war for No Weps of Mass Destruct…and a zillion more dead including our own who taken right after high school of lifetime Christian education and in a few weeks become trained mass murderers…some of whom later release their terror on our own…and then “Truman” not too distant from “Trump man” who firebombed 25,000 civilian towns and cites in Japan prior to dropping a Big Macker and a Whopper on more civilians…hardly a civilized Christian performance…and the bleeding vengeful don’t want a cut of the same cloth as the others who wants to make America Great Again, assuming that means like Hawaii Pre-European contact…see it was the English all along not the run of the mill Haole what did in both pure and natural life lands like America and Hawaii turned into to overrun and polluted with humans and their waste lands…

    But how did this creepy high end ruthless business man embrace the low income people of América…like if you make $2,000 a month he just lowered your taxes by 50%…ask or be sure your tax person knows about it..and saved the small businesses that hire you from going out of business, and you out of work, by lowering their taxes by 20%.

    Who loves you baby…yep…it’s Trump up in his Tower, more wild and crazy than most…and lascivious…but not collusive…why do the rich guys get the pretty women…it couldn’t be the money honey…! ! !

    All the Jawaii Democratic Governors’ horses and all those Governors’ men couldn’t get unemployment down or the economy up, never mind Humpty…no, we had to wait for MAGA Face and mega hair to do it. He embraced us all, helped us all…no racism, Religionism, and all the other ‘isms aside..he lived up to his word…making America Great Again…and so far so good…no wars.

    Wages getting so good and unemployment so low, even lifer welfare slugs went back to work…hooray making Jawaii and America Great Again with greater income.

    Hey Trumpy, I’ll have another round…!

    Charlie


    1. Steve Martin July 12, 2019 8:56 pm Reply

      If that doesn’t shut um up so they can begin to try and understand what you are saying ,,, I just don’t know what will. Thank you Charlie


  18. hutch July 9, 2019 11:45 pm Reply

    Oh, you just have to love the desperate bitterness of the Left, as mirrored in the above hate-filled comments, as they wake up to another day of Donald Trump as their President. And the imminent prospect of four more years? It’s just too sweet to contemplate! Rage on, Dems, you’re actually cuter when you’re mad.


  19. Craig Callaway July 10, 2019 12:35 pm Reply

    Bitterness on the Left? Gosh, Hutch, I guess then Gordon Oswald was referring to YOU when he mentioned “stupid, naïve, and immature adults.” Are you stupid, like Gordon says, or are you just willfully blind? Either way, you’re adorable when your panties are in a bunch.


  20. Craig Callaway July 10, 2019 6:20 pm Reply

    NONE of you Trump-loving crybabies have anything to complain about when you get your tender feelings hurt. This forum used to be a fun place years ago. Then along came your beloved leader Gordon, among other things commenting that 90 percent of Kauaians are not only Obama supporters but “lethargic, obese and slothful,” and things have been downhill since. Own your hate; deal with it.


  21. Ron Agor July 11, 2019 9:56 am Reply

    Obama said the jobs that went overseas are gone forever and that we should settle for a GDP would be at 2% if we are lucky. Like Jimmy Carter, Obama gave up on America. He had no idea how to recover our economy. I never liked Trump. He is an obnoxious as a human being can be. However, I will put aside all the medias attack on Trumps personality and anyone else’s attack. I like the work of Trump on economic, trade, and foreign affairs. We are getting those lost jobs back and our middle class, union class retirement investments are going through the roof. GDP is over 3 % and Trump did not need a “magic wand” to do it. (as Obama was looking for). Put up with Trump for another 6 years and we will be better off economically, immigration, and world affairs.


    1. I call BS July 11, 2019 4:13 pm Reply

      Do you actually have any idea what the economy that Obama inherited was like compared to when he left office?


  22. Pete Antonson July 12, 2019 1:29 am Reply

    Ron,
    When did it become ok to cherrypick around vile character flaws? Really? If your neighbor is convicted of a distasteful felony, do you restrict your view to how nice he keeps his lawn and helps you to keep your property looking nice? Really Ron?


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