by Andrew Walden (Orig published June 23, 2012. Republished to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the extermination of Osama bin-Laden -- May 2, 2011.)
Ed Case last month told the Democratic state convention that Hawaii Democrats have “wiped out an entire generation of leadership.” In House District 11, Democrat voters are getting a look at the wreckage left behind--and it isn’t pretty.
Mark Ing is one of four Democrats seeking the nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Representative George Fontaine. Other Democrats in the race include child molester advocate ex-Rep Joe Bertram and ‘Occupy’ activist Netra Halperin, last seen on video arguing that bankers should go to jail “because they are arrogant and they don’t care….”
How does Ing fit with such illustrious competitors? As he blogged March 10, 2011:
Rejected from Law School? I just got my letter too…relatively low undergraduate GPA. At 22, I have experienced endless failures: job interviews, appointments, blown sales pitches, applications for state positions, deadlines, elections, etc.
Perhaps Ing feels there is a constituency for “endless failures”. Two weeks later he posted: “Hawaii: “The Dumbest State”…Almost.”
On his blog, Ing asks: “Are Generation Y'ers really the self righteous (sic) slackers, whiners and praise-junkies we're made out to be?”
And as if in answer, in his “BrazenCareerist.com” profile, Ing burbles:
I am as adaptable as Darwin’s finches, yet grounded in my own values and self. I am as skeptical as a word processor’s grammar-check feature, yet rooted in a belief of innate altruism. I am as driven as an 80’s lorry, yet remain faithful to my family and culture first.
The problem with plucking candidates out of the ranks of UH Manoa LSAT washouts is that they actually believe some of the ignorance liberal arts professors dish out. For ten years American youth have fought Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. But last May, Ing wrote that Americans celebrating the US Navy Seal raid which got bin Laden, were “making me sick.”
All this coverage of these celebrations following Bin Laden’s murder is making me sick: Rednecks in stars and stripe bandanas on their heads chanting “U.S.A. U.S.A”….
I think it remains essential for Americans to keep in mind that Bin Laden was an effective leader in many contexts– across organizations and national borders. … many respectable Middle-easterners followed the man.
His attack on 9/11 was political, it was not solely meant to spark a holy war. Despite American media’s tendency to pidgin-hole (sic) Bin Laden into the irrational Muslim extremist pool, he was fundamental in leading a movement against the American crusade of forced democracy in the middle-east: an issue extending far beyond clashing faiths….
THAT is part of the reason why he attacked–not just because we were perceived as a Christian (or at least non-Muslim) nation, but because he was against the (now proving to be grossly ineffective) Americana societal ideal of a democratic republic rooted in capitalism being constantly shoved down his people’s throats throughout the past half-century. To raise our flags and chant in jubilant celebration of his death acts is a testament to our arrogance, pretension, and naivety–its a signal to the rest of the world that our societal values prevail and that our crusades will press on.
The bottom line is this was no true victory….
Is Ing right? Is “Hawaii: “The Dumbest State”…Almost?” Find out August 11.
MORE: House Candidate Kaniela Ing: “I don’t Support Osama bin-Laden”