It hasn’t been that long ago that the financial institutions of Wall Street, several insurance companies and two of the three major automobile companies were deemed “too big to fail”; too important to face the natural order of business or to be held accountable under the laws that govern us all. America was appalled. America was being put into debt for generations to come for the sake of the select few. The few that were connected.
A similar story is being written in Hawaii. Two brothers have been charged, pleaded guilty and are facing sentencing in what is the second largest case of human trafficking to face the American courts. Again, the players in this drama are well connected having heavily supported politicians and civic organizations. And once again we find the elite few, or in this case two, being protected by political interests from the law and the court system as “too big to jail”.
As we watch this story unfold we have to ask ourselves “at what price?”. What price are we willing to put on the American way of life and the rule of law? What price are we willing to put on the moral and ethical base that once made this nation strong and proud? And at what point did those of wealth and connection become openly above the law.
From Associated Press:
HONOLULU — Two prominent, popular brothers who operate the second-largest vegetable farm in Hawaii will be sentenced in federal court this week on human trafficking charges — they pleaded guilty — but two former state governors, community groups, fellow farmers and other supporters are trying to keep them out of prison.
Two prominent, popular brothers who operate the second-largest vegetable farm in Hawaii will be sentenced in federal court this week on human trafficking charges — they pleaded guilty — but two former state governors, community groups, fellow farmers and other supporters are trying to keep them out of prison.
"The incarceration of Alec and Mike Sou would threaten our food security and could endanger our future sustainability on Oahu," wrote Kioni Dudley, president of the community group Friends of Makakilo, in a letter asking U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway for leniency. "Find some method of punishment which allows them to stay in their positions at Aloun Farms."
I can only speak for myself, but if these two are considered by the courts as too important to be submitted to the punishment agreed to in the plea bargain and it’s to be business as usual without consequence it will dull the beauty of the state and eliminate it as a favorite vacation destination. Fair is fair. If they are above our laws, shouldn’t they also be above needing our tourist dollars?