Tulsi Gabbard is my U.S. Congresswoman. Have supported her financially and with my vote since 2014. Volunteered with her campaign for president this year. Personally and professionally, I believe she’s an excellent leader for America. Although I support her for the next governor of Hawai’i, she forsakes men like me and tens of thousands here in Hawai’i.
Females, particularly privileged women, are treated much better in America than men. Let me introduce you to Skylar Mack.
Skylar Mack, an 18-year-old Georgia resident and U.S. citizen, was sentenced to four months in jail on Dec. 15 for violating strict COVID19 regulations in the Cayman Islands. She accompanied her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, around November 27th, where Ramgeet was competing in a jet ski competition.
Skylar falsely told authorities the quarantine wristband required for all visitors was too tight. Once loosened, she intentionally slipped off the band and left isolation to watch the competition.
She lied to authorities and mocked their pandemic protocols. This is an example of spoiled and privileged behavior. Skylar Mack exhibited absolutely no respect for the British territory’s public health policies. According to the Cayman Compass, the judge who handed down the initial sentence said the offense was “as flagrant a breach as could be imagined; it was borne of selfishness and arrogance.”
On appeal by her family and others, an appeals court reduced her sentence to two months.
“She’s devastated. She’s terrified. She’s having anxiety attacks. She’s not eating. She’s not sleeping. She says every time she eats, she just gets sick.”
Jeanne Mack, Skylar’s grandmother
In a letter to the acting consul general of the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica, Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called for leniency and expressed their support for the family of the 18-year-old. Eric Trump, the president’s son, called the sentence “infuriating.”
“Skylar is an 18 year old girl who left her hotel to watch her boyfriend compete in a jet ski competition… 4 months in jail?!”
Different for a Male in America
In February 2019, female Hawaiian Electric executive managers (below) fired me because of my medical cannabis prescription. For a male, this was like being raped. They attacked my character, destroyed my professional reputation, crushed my dignity and stigmatized me as a “drug criminal.”
Similar to Skylar, I was devastated. Terrified. Had anxiety attacks. Couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. Just felt sick all the time. Skylar Mack received national headlines. Men like me are told to be quiet and go away.
Men are more likely to use medical cannabis in Hawai’i. Women have many pains, yet it seems men suffer more deep, debilitating chronic pain. We do a lot of heavy lifting, construction and dangerous work, landscaping, climbing, digging and intense physical activity.
Frequently, doctors recommend opioid medications. These are highly addictive and dangerous. In 2018, nearly 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdose — 69% were male. Of the 59 residents of Hawai’i who perished from opioid medications in the year, 73% were male.
I’m not like Skylar. I followed local laws. Adhered strictly to the recommendations of my medical team. I never medicate before or during work. My prescription calls for use at night before bed to help me sleep. I’m a professional and required to perform complex tasks at a high level. My manager and coworkers recruited me for the position and supported me. They approved of and applauded my performance.
Personally never saw any evidence of you being impaired. Quite the contrary in fact. I would say sharp, expedient, professional, techical, humble, the whole package really.
But I did notice you had a limp, so I suspected you were in pain, but you never mentioned anything, and I never bothered to ask, our conversations were always about getting things done, and you delivered in times when we had to deliver and get things done.Marijuana is a complex issue, often misunderstood, has been known to relieve pain, and when used correctly does not impair.
Hawaiian Electric Coworker
Additionally, different from Skylar, checked Hawaiian Electric guidelines (below) prior to applying for the new position. To be sure, I specifically asked my HR rep. She said I would “be fine.” And why not? The State of Hawai’i legalized the medication in 2000, and elevated the medication to prescription status in 2015. I worked for the company for six months as a contract employee. CEO Connie Lau was satisfied with me during that time.
My doctors and medical team fully recognize my medication. It’s legal and accepted by medical experts and for medical procedures. These women not only violated my civil rights, they pulverized my soul and reputation.
Tulsi Gabbard Forsakes 30,000 Residents in Hawai’i
Skylar Mack, a pre-med student, flew to a foreign country and flagrantly breached their public health restrictions in an act borne of selfishness and arrogance. I followed our local laws with humility. Georgia Senators Loeffler and Perdue fight for her. Tulsi ignores me and 30,000 suffering patients.
We write today in regard to the recent arrest and detainment of Skylar Mack, a U.S. citizen and resident of Georgia, in the Cayman Islands. It is our understanding that Ms. Mack has formally requested the Prerogative of Mercy and we wish to express our support for her family’s call for leniency.
U.S. Senators Loeffler and Perdue
I begged, cried and pleaded for mercy. HR director Shana Buco, corporate legal counselors Thao Tran and Susan Li, and Hawaiian Electric CEO & President Constance Hee Lau laughed at me. They ignored my repeated requests for the Hawaiian tradition of ho’oponopono, an alternative dispute resolution procedure. They consider me a criminal engaged in illegal activity, and believe I should denied legal rights and even placed on probation.
I wrote to my U.S. Congresswoman a hundred times. All the powerful women here in Hawai’i know each other. If Tulsi gives me a thumbs up, they would reconsider their position. They are all BFFs. Requested the Prerogative of Mercy; our family begged for leniency. Many times I prayed to Consuelo Zobel Alger. She vowed to let fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses: “My mission will begin after my death. I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.”
“What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”
CEO Connie Lau chairs the board of the Consuelo Foundation. Their mission states, “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.” Where is the love and kindness and the aloha of Hawai’i? Human beings are in pain and CEO Lau fires them without any discussion or compassion or professional courtesy? This is abject cruelty.
Tulsi wanted to be President of the United States of America. She was an excellent candidate. She’s moderate, middle-of-the-road, has a distinguished military record and years of public service. On December 26th, she called for a temporary halt on all flights from the U.K. She’s wise and not afraid to speak up — unless it’s for one of her male constituents and 30,000 suffering patients in Hawai’i.
Tulsi Gabbard supports medical cannabis, as do about 90% of Americans. She also supports full legalization of cannabis, which is in line with a strong majority of Americans (below). Why then is she afraid and cowered to stand in support of medical patients in the Aloha state?
I don’t know what will happen with Skylar Mack’s case. Must be nice to have such powerful public figures fighting for you.
I think of all the young Black teens and young men who have been imprisoned for simply smoking weed. I served as a counselor in U.S. prisons. I know these young men were devastated, terrified and suffered anxiety attacks. They certainly were unable to eat and couldn’t sleep. Yet America imprisoned millions. All are still waiting for a Shower of Roses to fall from Heaven.
Dear Tulsi … we don’t ask for a shower of roses. How about just one?
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