Puerto Rico Should not get to choose. Puerto Rico Should be made a State*

The question of Statehood for Puerto Rico probably first popped up in 1898 when the United States took it from Spain. Since then the idea comes in and out of the spotlight. People talk about it and vote on it, but the question is never answered to anyone’s satisfaction. Puerto Rico is left in a perpetual legal limbo and her citizens, American citizens,  pay the price of being born without full voting rights and representation.

Now months into a massive blackout, left on their own by Trump’s inept executive branch,  the spotlight is brighter than ever… But still, the path forward to statehood looks very murky.

One thing that has always made the path to statehood difficult is that we asked the American citizens of Puerto Rico if they would rather not be American citizens anymore.

“Strong political divisions within Puerto Rico over the future of the island have made it easy for Congress to ignore the situation. There’s no general consensus among the island’s 3.5 million people about whether it’s better to join the United States, remain a commonwealth, or gain complete independence. And there’s another brewing movement advocating for a state of free association, which would make Puerto Rico an independent nation with a special relationship with the United States (like Micronesia and the Marshall Islands).”

Excerpt from Alexia Fernández Campbell excellent
 post: Puerto Rico’s most ambitious push yet for statehood explained

It sounds nice.  Who can be against giving people a choice? We don’t want to force them to be Americans.
But remember, they ARE Americans.
We don’t grant Texans a choice.  For every other citizen of America, in every other locality, independence from America is forever off the table.

On the other hand, most* other American citizens get to vote for our President, we get voting Congressmen and two Senators. Every citizen should have the right to be represented the same as every other.  And the way to do that is to make Purto Ria a State, They shouldn’t have a choice…Just because some, even a majority of American citizens of a region might wish to sever their ties with us…that doesn’t mean that their rights as citizens should be less than full.

If the concern is truly for the rights of self-determination for those Puerto Rican-Americans who would rather keep the status quo or become independent, then grant them the right to make those choices as a State.  Of course, that would open the door to let Texans decide those same questions…

It seems the universal right of self-determination is not a universal one.  What’s right for Puerto Rico is not what’s right for Texas.

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If Erick Erickson makes you uncomfortable Punch him in the face…he’ll understand.

Erickson on defending assault…”You know, I’m really damn tired of all the people running around making other people extremely uncomfortable then screaming about their rights and privileges when called out. If you want to go around making people uncomfortable, you’ve got the problem, not the rest of us.”

https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/04/27/fox-contributor-gay-men-bars-should-expect-be-assaulted-and-women-shouldn-t-breastfeed-church/216199

Trump got America excited about punishing Syria …but came up pathetically short. America is Grumpy…

Trump got America excited about punishing Syria …but came up pathetically short. America is Grumpy…
 
Do we need to go to war to just to prove something to ourselves? Even it end’s up making things worse for most…for millions…
I’m afraid Trumps does…
 
But thank god he seems easily distractable…
 
HEY TRUMP….. LOOK … Squirrel !!!!! Go get it… !!!

Liberal MSM Lionizes Trump for Bombing Syria…

The liberal Main Stream Media press loves it when we bomb stuff… They literally celebrate it… The lionize the president who called for it… But only if the president is a republican…

Nick Wing reminds us…”Do you want war? Because this is how you get war.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cable-news-trump-syria-war-monger_us_58e79d17e4b05413bfe238eb?p0ns&

 

All Hail the Great Kim Jong Un !!! Praise be upon him !!! Or… I Offer The Craziest Plan to “Defeat” The Threat of North Korea.

Make Kim Jong Un…. King of Korea… In return for opening up North Korea to the world and unifying it with the south….

The deal…

Build him a world class …gated… royal city that is within Korea where his word is law…
Give him an elite guard….
Give him veto power over war…
Let him call for a vote for war…
Let him appoint one supreme court justice…
Let him appoint the representatives to the National Assembly due the royal city’s population.
Make him the richest man in the world…in rock solid investments…
Give him a cut of Korea’s GDP…right off the top…

Maybe the hardest part…get all the other world leaders to call him “Great Leader”…

Or at least… a great leader…and if he went for a deal like this….Kim Jong Un would be one of the greatest leaders in history…

I said it was crazy…

Pop cultural appropriation, new battle ground.

First they came for Pepe the Frog and I said nothing….
Now they have enslaved the Macdonald’s Moonman to their repugnant proposes .
I don’t want to censor them. Not that it could be done.  I think it would be best if artists took back Pepe and the moon man…by making them into anything and everything that strikes them….

check out the Moonman’s plight over at salon…

“Once he was a harmless if idiotic Mickey D’s pitchman — but now he’s Moon Man, the alt-right’s hip-hop hero”

http://www.salon.com/2016/10/25/meet-moon-man-the-alt-rights-new-racist-rap-sensation-borrowed-from-1980s-mcdonalds-ads/

Why is the bill for the debt only addressed to common Americans.

Wouldn’t it be nice if globalization was what the big Econ debate was about again ?

Too bad chronic unemployment and ever increasing inequity will be grabbing all the attention for a long time to come…
OH silly me. I should have said… “should be grabbing all the attention ” because what is getting all the attention is our possible debt 20 years from now…

What is getting our attention is that we have to cut the rent seeking of the poor and middle class to pay our debt down…While we all but ignore the efficacy of dealing with the debt by cutting the rent seeking of the wealthy elite, including how they benefit from our grossly wasteful military spending.

Of course if the rent seeking of the elite were truly threatened, on the grounds of paying our debt, we can be sure that fears over too much debt would disappear from the propaganda of the right again…And once again, in the words of Dick Cheney, we will hear…“deficits don’t matter.”

And the heads of tens-of-millions of poor right wingers will bobble in righteous agreement.

Members of the Trolletariat welcome.