Political, social change inevitable in Hawaii

There have been a number of negative comments in the letters to the editor about people in Hawaii being too liberal and voting only for Democrats.

Political orientation is, to some extent, determined by one’s personal experiences. The experiences that many local people had under the Republican oligarchy that controlled the people of Hawaii for six decades were less than positive.

When the young men came back from World War II, they had a mindset that was different from their prewar thinking. They were no longer going to settle for second-class citizenship. They used education, the union movement and the Democratic Party to bring about a revolution.

Now that revolution is losing steam. Change is inevitable, and massive changes have taken place since the 1950s and ’60s. The economy is now substantially different. Unions are no longer as powerful as they once were. And there has been a huge influx of outsiders.

These changes will have a political, social and environmental impact on Hawaii of substantial import.

Tom Hansen