Hawaii became vulnerable when it put queen on throne

In response to the Feb. 16 Maui News story tagged “Protesters seize U.S., Hawaiian flags at UH-Maui College,” one of your readers used the comments section to ask: “So those of us who think that Hawaii is a state in the United States of America are wrong?”

The answer to that question is: “Not at all, but one should keep in mind the observation attributed by author Robert Heinlein to the protagonist in his 1951 sci-fi epic, “The Puppet Masters,” namely: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is in for one hell of a rough ride.”

The sorry spectacle that passes for education in this state has blinded students to the obvious: The one job for any monarch is to preserve their kingdom. Unwilling to quash intrigue in her court, the queen let matters get out of hand until she was overthrown, not by America, but by her own subjects.

The notion that this queen failed at her one and only job was because she was “oppressed” by the United States is revisionist rubbish.

By putting her on the throne, Hawaii demonstrated it had become vulnerable. Any of the great foreign colonial powers in Europe or Asia could thus have plucked this delectable bit of mid-Pacific fruit so obviously ready to fall.

It is fortunate for the people of these islands that America prevented Hawaii from becoming another Belgian Congo.

So enough with the ill-informed, chip-on-the-shoulder self-pity already.

Thomas E. Stuart

Kapaau, Hawaii