Posts tagged ‘Hawaii’

04/18/2011

Hawaii, Obama’s Birthplace, Is A State

Republicans presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Michelle Backmann have been promoting wild theories about President Obama, saying he is unqualified to serve, because they assert, without proof, he was not born in the U.S. While the Constitution limits the office to “natural-born citizens,” Obama was clearly born in Hawaii and is a U.S. Citizen.

The problem with the Republicans is they either, have the intellect of a Sarah Palin, and do not know Hawaii became a state in 1959, or think the Honolulu newspaper that published Obama’s birth notice in 1961, was part of some grand conspiracy. For the benefit of these sorry Republicans, let’s begin with a history of Hawaii, so we can be absolutely sure when it became a U.S. State.

Sanford Dole, the CEO of Dole Pineapple, opened a pineapple business in Hawaii (1882), and soon thereafter, the U.S. Navy started using Pearl Harbor (1887). Dole wanted a government more favorable to his business, so he convinced Republican President Benjamin Harrison, to order the U.S. Navy to overthrow the Kingdom of Hawaii (1893). After the monarchy was ousted, but before Harrison could formally annex the islands, his term of office ended. Dole’s scheme then ran into trouble, when Grover Cleveland, the next president, was sworn in, because he was an anti-colonial Democrat, who refused to carry out the annexation.

To complete the diabolical plan, Dole and his pineapples had to wait for the 1896 presidential election. While killing time, he created a Hawaiian Republic and made himself its first president (1894). Dole finally got his wish when Republican President William McKinley took office in 1897, as the U.S. proceeded to annex Hawaii (1898), and made it a U.S. Territory (1900).

After the attack on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor (1941), the Hawaiian base was used throughout WWII (1941-45). 14 years later, as many U.S. Navy veterans were in the U.S. Congress, they voted to make Hawaii the 50th State, effective Aug. 21, 1959.

President Barack Obama was born in City of Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, almost two years after Hawaii became a state. He is therefore an American citizen by birth. Since the Honolulu newspaper published his birth notice, only a totally uninformed person could possibly question his citizenship.

Even if Barack Obama had been born outside the U.S., he would nevertheless be a U.S. citizen by parentage, since his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was an American citizen, born in Wichita, Kansas, and she had lived in the U.S. up through Barack Obama’s birth. Under U.S. law, even if the father is not a citizen, the child will become one, if the mother is a citizen, who has physically lived in the U.S. for five years prior to the child’s birth.

This citizenship law and the underlying facts are readily available. The candidates spreading disinformation about Obama are just being disingenuous. Their tactics only make them look completely ridiculous, and absolutely unfit for the office they seek.

03/16/2011

Japan: A Power Without Nuclear Power?

Since the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, their nuclear power plants are at risk of a meltdown. The question now is whether Japan will continue nuclear power or seek alternatives.

Japan has an industrial economy based on the consumption of energy. Their need for coal explains why they seized some of Korea from China (1895), part of Manchuria from Russia (1905), the remainder of Korea (1910), and the rest of Manchuria (1931).

Japan also has a need for oil. When Japan annexed East China (1941), President Franklin Roosevelt subjected them to a complete oil embargo (July 1941). The Japanese interpreted it as a declaration of war, since 100% of their oil was imported. Japan felt their only option was to seize the oil fields of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), controlled by the Netherlands. Once the Dutch surrendered to Germany, Japan made plans to take the Dutch oil. Their only obstacle was the U.S., which explains why they attacked the U.S. Navy in the Philippines and at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. As American forces closed in on Japan in WWII, incendiary devices were dropped on 66 cities, but it was not until atomic bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the war ended.

In the postwar, without natural sources of coal or oil, Japan turned to nuclear energy. This was ironic since their first exposure to the unleashing of atoms was so destructive. Japan rebuilt their economy and by 1968 emerged as the second largest auto producer. It was not until this year that China replaced them as the second largest global economy. Even so, Japan remains a major trading partner and what happens to them may affect us all.

It appears Japan will probably return to nuclear energy, since they have no domestic oil or coal. On the other hand, this is the type of crisis that may finally push scientists into developing a currently unknown energy alternative.