I remember the debate that preceded approval by the Congress. A bunch of influential people–on the conservative side of the political spectrum–opposed statehood because they claimed that Hawaii was secretly controlled by communists–the Longshoreman’s Union was a hotbed of radicalism and it was very powerful in Hawaii.
It turns out that they may have been more prescient than they knew. About two years after statehood, one Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii.
Some folks today are saying this Obama is a socialist. They are not saying so–probablythey do not remember the statehood debate–but maybe it is so because he was born in Hawaii (his father, supposedly a scholar and teacher, may have secretly been a member of the Longshoremen’s Union).
Of course, that would put them in conflict with another group–potentially related to the earlier anti-Hawaii group–whose members claim he was not born there at all. They are sure that the folks in charge of the vital records for the State of Hawaii–no doubt offspring of those original communist sympathizers–are lying when they sustain Obama’s claim of Hawaiian birth.
Besides, how can you trust a department whose address is 1250 Punchbowl Street?
Either way, we are indeed fortunate that some people work so hard to share what they know is truth.