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Letters 5-27-13


Politicians on both sides should practice it

My jaw dropped when I read in your May 19 edition that Gov. Neil Abercrombie used the term “hooponono” to describe President Barack Obama’s lack of outreach to Republicans during his first years in office and blames Obama’s “political foes” (which I take to mean Republicans) for the partisanship and “political depravity” in Washington.

Wikipedia says that: “‘Hooponopono’ is defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary as ‘mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.’”

I don’t recall Obama meeting with Republicans, praying, discussing, confessing with them in order to bring about repentance, mutual restitution and forgiveness. I do recall him calling Republicans enemies, telling them they can sit in the back seat but he is driving and they are only along for the ride. I recall him wrongly blaming President George W. Bush and the Republicans for the economic crash and, so it seemed, for anything and everything else that was bad. I remember a televised meeting on health care reform he called where, from my perspective, he disrespected one Republican after another. I could go on and on documenting his passionate partisanship, his lack of outreach, his failure to accept errors, and his disrespect for his political foes. Anything but hooponopono.

I only wish that the political leaders of both parties could truly embrace hooponopono, admitting errors, repenting, understanding that although there are strong disagreements and difference of opinions, there are also many areas of agreement. Until we accept that we must work with each other to find solutions, giving each other a helping hand, and respect each other, the political depravity in Washington will continue.

Scott Engers