By Diane Ako
That Tom Brower. Our Waikiki-Ala Moana-Kakaako state representative gave another rapping invocation for the house session on Monday. "This one is more philosophical: 'The Sergeant Pepper' of my invocations, or at least the White album," he said. Here is the text:
The Tominator has reinvented himself
from street “wrapper” to singer-songwriter to, today, an American poet.
May I share with you this message of self-reflection entitled, "Info Brief Your Ego"?
This year's issues, the laughter, the tissues,
The civil unions, homeless solutions,
Animal abusers, winners and losers.
A financial depression begs the question:
Legislator, are you doing all you could this session?
Are you politicking? Or really giving?
Standing for something? Or just chest-thumping?
When others look bad, do you feel glad?
A hearing— to defer a bill? Rally the public for shock value thrill.
Is your "Change we can believe in" for a purpose?
Or an attention grabber? Just scratch the surface.
Being effective isn’t just [about] winning elections.
We are friends but let's not pretend
That the fishbowl we live in doesn't invite egotism.
Pettiness isn't pretty and real work isn't easy.
As a body, we are only as effective as people think,
Only as strong as our weakest link.
From Politician to Statesman… The realization you find:
It's sad to do the right thing, and thankless at times.
Together, if we want what's right, let's correct what's wrong, stand to fight,
sing our song.
Rise above for insight, wisdom and love.
Overcome the mud on our shoes. Do it for the right reason.
We may not win big, but we won't lose.
Because the real goal, isn't the voter poll. It's to humble yourself and save your soul.
"I am always interested in new ideas to improve government and encourage residents to participate in the legislative process," said Rep. Brower. Surely, a rhymin' rep will do the trick?
In related legislative news, he reminds constituents to attend Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 1st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. "Feel free to drop by studio #315, to see our art and talk about government,," he invites. Here is a sneak peek of his office art on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz8eMSyi7e8&feature=player_embedded#at=13
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