Alexander Opposes Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act

Says Idea is Reverse of What it Means to be an American

Posted on June 7, 2006

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today issued the following statement in opposition to S. 147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act: “This legislation would, for the first time in history, create a new, separate and independent race-based government within our borders. “This legislation may seem insignificant, but embedded within it is an assault on one of our most fundamental values: E Pluribus Unum, ‘one from many.’ This bill is the reverse of what it means to become an American. Instead of making us one nation indivisible, it divides us. Instead of guaranteeing rights without regard to race, it makes them depend on race. Instead of our becoming ‘one from many,’ we would become many from one. “This legislation would make us more of a United Nations than the United States of America.” A procedural vote on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, June 8. If the bill receives 60 votes, it will then be debated by the Senate.