The Obama/Burns Paradigm

Judge Burns, super-delegate! Obama, Statehood History and UNGAR 1514 Great stories often evolve into myth while perpetuating its heroes and icons, and (retired) Judge James Burn’s win as a super-delegate restores relevance and vibrancy to the statehood story. As Hawaii approaches it’s 50th year of Statehood, Obama winning the Democratic ticket or the presidency would certainly be propitious for Hawai’i as well as the golden jubilee. In the telling of Hawai’i’s statehood story, Governor John Burns is the iconic figure whose lobbying efforts with the Statehood Commission is revered as one of the contributing factors of Hawaii’s admission into the union in 1959. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961, just two years after statehood. The possibility of Obama’s presidency was made possible by Hawaii’s inclusion as a state, and if he should become president, then isn’t it appropriate to give a nod to the efforts of Gov. Burns? By itself, Judge Burn’s own quality of accomplishments is deserving of his nomination as super-delegate, but tied by blood and name and stature, Burn’s voice carries the weight of this historic congruence. For Obama to personally ask Burns to run as super-delegate was not only farsighted (since they were playing golf, is it then fore-sight?), but it must have required such prescience of thought that Obama and his campaign manager must’ve been thrilled by the far-reaching implications of this opportunity. And while we’re on the potential auspiciousness of occasion, let’s not forget that Barack’s father, Barack Obama, Sr, was born in Kenya and came to the United States for an education. On Dec. 12, 1963, two years after Obama Jr. was born, Kenya received full independence from being a British Protectorate, and Barack Obama Sr. left his son and returned to help govern the new found independence of his country. To note, Kenya was admitted to the United Nations on Dec. 16th 1963, a short four days after being granted independence. Kenya after having attained its independence as a result of the 1960 UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (UNGAR 1514), will undoubtedly further prompt discussion on the United State’s surreptitious removal of Hawai’i from the list of territories under Chapter XI, Article 73 (e) in the UN Charter, the precursor to the UN Declaration that helped grant independence to the myriad of African and Asian territories. Currently, as those African and Asian countries who attained independence during the 1960-65 years ramp up for its own Golden Jubillees, how will the question of Hawai’i and statehood be addressed? How will the paradigm continue to unfold under the helmsmanship of Obama?]]>

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