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January 22, 2014
One of the many reasons why Washington is so broken is that too many of the people we send to D.C. these days treat government as a game. Too much of politics today is about scoring “points” for your partisan political side rather than actually solving problems. This is what leads to asking American service members and their families, like ones depicted in the new movie 'Lone Survivor,' to make heroic sacrifices for no reason other than gratuitous political score-keeping.
Read my editorial in Mid-Week here.
November 13, 2013
Puerto Rico today, like Greece from a few years ago, is facing a massive debt crisis triggered by declining tourism, a drop off in Federal government support and a local government that failed to curb is excessive spending habits. Hawaii's island economy faces many of the same challenges as Puerto Rico. That's exactly why we need to reform our government now.
Read my editorial in Mid-Week here.
October 29, 2013
Hawaii's government is failing the people and no one is being held accountable.
Read my editorial in the Star Advertiser here.
October 10, 2013
This past weekend, four U.S. soldiers were killed in the Zhari District of Kandahar, Afghanistan when their vehicle drove over a Taliban emplaced improvised explosive device. Having personally driven over the same road while serving in the same Zhari district in Afghanistan where these soldiers died, I am particularly struck that these soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, will return home this week to a nation that initially refused to pay their families the military death benefit used for funeral expenses. This is yet another in a string of political casualties caused by the on-going government shutdown.
America deserves better than Democrat and Republican politicians, who only know how to point fingers and accept no responsibility. Our nation needs elected officials who are willing to regularly break ranks with their partisan leadership to find common ground and get things done.
The ultimate solution, indeed the only solution, to this sorry state of affairs is for the voters to take charge. Hawaii and America need to replace our country’s hyper-partisan incumbents with centrist moderates willing to compromise and put the best interests of our country first.
We deserve better. Those soldiers who died this past weekend in Kandahar and their families deserve nothing less.
Read the full editorial in The Hill here.
You have been the best supporters and friends a man could ever ask for. And, I am continually humbled by your faith and confidence in me. It has been a true honor to serve you, and I look forward to serving you in some other capacity in the future.
On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for everything you have done, for all of your hopes, your prayers and your hard work through this campaign. May God bless you, the State of Hawaii and the United States of America.
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Charles Djou is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.