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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Why Puerto Rico should never become a state in the United States of America.

Or so the political discussion goes. At least one side of it.

The fine citizens of Puerto Rico want statehood but here's some of the reasons our stuff shirt politicos are claiming they shouldn't be allowed to get what they want. According to our politicos Puerto Rico has a faltering economy, would most likely be a burden on the United States and it has exhibited a pattern of failed leadership.

These are cited as a few of the reasons Puerto Rico doesn't qualify for statehood, or so we're told.

Sound familiar?

Can we say California, New York, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia... several other states who came close to having, have or at one time have had one or more of these problems throughout their existence as a state and/or as a territory. I can name several but that's not the issue here. The issue is Puerto Rico and statehood.

The citizens of a United States Territory, Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Well, let's say the overwhelming majority of those Puerto Ricans who voted, voted for statehood. The vast majority of those who voted!

But in all fairness a vast majority of Puerto Ricans didn't vote.

Either way, I don't see much of a difference between what is, what was and what's desired in acquiring statehood in the United States of America and what most, if not all of the previous "Territories" brought to the table when they applied and subsequently were accepted as a state.


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