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Government leaders fail us, but are never held to account

By Charles Djou

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013

~~<p>Several nations around the world are often referred to as only &quot;nominal&quot; democracies. Countries such as Russia, Belarus or Uzbekistan may appear to bear the trappings of a democratic government on paper. In reality, however, these countries are so completely dominated by one political party that election results are a foregone conclusion long before any voting takes place. Even more troubling, these nations offer no accountability in their democratic systems. Government officials are allowed to conduct their affairs as they please regardless of ethics or competence.</p>
<p>Hawaii's government is sadly becoming one of these &quot;nominal&quot; democracies. The long domination of only one political party in elections is alone troubling and unhealthy for Hawaii, as it is for many of the ex-Soviet nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.</p>
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Several nations around the world are often referred to as only "nominal" democracies. Countries such as Russia, Belarus or Uzbekistan may appear to bear the trappings of a democratic government on paper. In reality, however, these countries are so completely dominated by one political party that election results are a foregone conclusion long before any voting takes place. Even more troubling, these nations offer no accountability in their democratic systems. Government officials are allowed to conduct their affairs as they please regardless of ethics or competence.

Hawaii's government is sadly becoming one of these "nominal" democracies. The long domination of only one political party in elections is alone troubling and unhealthy for Hawaii, as it is for many of the ex-Soviet nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Login for more...



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