The Humble Libertarian

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Political Life in Island America

This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to Cleveland*.

*Location name changed from Oahu to prevent resentment.

This trip, pitched to my wife as a vacation, was obviously just a rouse to check for myself whether or not our President was truly born in this country and eligible for the position he now serves in. And the small insights I gleaned from the political game on an island that both feels and behaves fairly autonomously from the rest of the country were simply fascinating.

I was able to see the recently elected Mayor of Oahu speak on a local television show. They asked him how he felt about the fact that Oahu's economy is up 15% over last year. He stated that while this number was better than they had been anticipating, that it's important to keep in mind that 15% up from a record-low year isn't really all that great.

He chose to downplay something that he could have spun and touted as his own accomplishment. It was remarkable. It was like I was in a different world.

Oh, and as for my search into Obama's birth certificate. Yeah, I kind of got distracted and didn't look into it. So, I'm just going to assume he doesn't have one, ignore the evidence and claim there isn't any.

Eric Olsen,
Regular Columnist, THL
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