El NYT y el Boston Herald: estadidad

NR – Cuando Casa Blanca y el Congreso consideren seriamente la Peticion con Super-Mayoria del Pueblo Puertorriqueno a la Estadidad, entenderean por que Thomas Jefferson y Jhon Adams en el 1782 expresaron el que Puerto Rico deberia ser parte de la Union, y la inminente necesidad de los Estados Unidos de reconquistar a Hispanoamerica para que el Mercado de Las Americas pueda competir con Asia y Europa en el futuro cercano. Hugo Chavez militizara a Venezuela con Iran y Estados Unidos necesita consolidar a Las Americas en contra de la Amenaza Neo-Comunista.

¿Puerto Rico debería ser el Estado 51?

25 de noviembre de 2012 – Opinión, Política

A continuación una columna de opinión publicada hoy en el New York Times, referente a este tema, escrita por el puertorriqueño David Royston Patterson.

Foto AP

En su columna, el boricua criado en Carolina del Norte, opinó sobre los resultados del plebiscito de Puerto Rico, celebrado el pasado 6 de noviembre de 2012, el mismo día de las elecciones generales.

El puertorriqueño incluye en su escrito un poco de la historia política de la Isla.

Del mismo modo, presenta argumentos del comisionado residente Pedro Pierluisi, con quien conversó. Pierluisi sostuvo que el Pueblo habló y el Congreso debe hacer algo al respecto.

Asimismo, añadió que no descarta ir a las Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) o a la Organización de los Estados Americanos para trabajar con la situación. Sin embargo, aclaró que espera no hacerlo, pues confía en que el Congreso pueda tomar acción.

Royston Patterson dijo estar de acuerdo con Pierluisi y entiende que se deben tomar en cuenta los resultados de la consulta lo antes posible.

Opirma este enlace para leer la columna.

El NYT y el Boston Herald: estadidad posibilidad real para PR

Por: NotiCel  Publicado: 25/11/2012 12:45 pm

El principal periódico estadounidense, The New York Times, y el diario Boston Herald publicaron hoy escritos de opinión en los apoyan el plebiscito sobre el estatus político de Puerto Rico y plantean la anexión de la Isla como una posibilidad real y justa para los puertorriqueños.


(Josian Bruno/NotiCel)

El equipo editorial del Boston Herald firma el espacio en el que resume su interpretación del plebiscito que se celebró en la isla el pasado 6 de noviembre. “Por primera vez una mayoría de los votantes en Puerto Rico, el 61%, han expresado que prefieren la estadidad sobre su estatus actual. A menos que cambien de opinión, la isla debe ser admitida como el estado 51 de la Unión”, lee el encabezado de la columna.

Continúa la exposición del periódico con números y previsiones. El 83% de los puertorriqueños residentes en los estados votaron por Obama, por lo que el estado 51 enviaría más demócratas al Congreso.

“Los Estados Unidos han controlado a Puerto Rico desde que se la quitaron a España, en la Guerra Hispanoamericana de 1898; la justicia exige que los isleños decidan su propio futuro”.

El Boston Herald también atiende en su editorial la preocupación que han levantado grupos conservadores sobre el idioma que se habla en la isla. “No vemos ninguna razón para preocuparse. El inglés es de uso frecuente y el bilingüismo ha de ser fomentado. Hay un 25% más de personas de origen puertorriqueño en el territorio continental que en la isla”.

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Se añade que la estadidad sería una oportunidad para una expansión razonable de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos, ya que tendría derecho a cinco escaños. “Darle la bienvenida a Puerto Rico sería un buen comienzo”.

Mientras, The New York Times publicó una columna de David Royston Patterson, de origen puertorriqueño, en la que cuenta su experiencia de crianza en Carolina del Norte y hace un recuento de la relación política de la isla con Estados Unidos. Culmina con expresiones del comisionado residente Pedro Pierluisi sobre el plebiscito celebrado durante las pasadas elecciones y establece “El congresista (Pierluisi) está bien. Los ciudadanos americanos -la gente de Puerto Rico- ha hablado. Merecen otra votación, más clara y definitiva, y pronto”.

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Newstrack India 2012-11-08: Tweet San Juan, Nov 8 (IANS/EFE) For the first time in their history, a majority of Puerto Ricans expressed support for US statehood in a non-binding referendum on the future of the island’s relationship with Washington. The result of the plebiscite, held Tuesday to coincide with the general election, breaks decades of local support for the island’s current commonwealth status. Just over 61 percent of voters favoured seeking to make Puerto Rico the 51st state, while 33.31 percent supported an enhanced commonwealth arrangement and just 5.53 percent were in favour of full independence. Statehood would require the… more »

Opinion

Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State?

By DAVID ROYSTON PATTERSON
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ONE of the little-noticed results of the Nov. 6 elections was a plebiscite held in Puerto Rico on the island’s relationship with the United States. The outcome was murky, much like the last century’s worth of political history between Washington and San Juan, and the mainland’s confused or disinterested attitude toward Puerto Rico that abetted it.

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Ever since the United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898 and then was handed the island by Spain as part of the settlement for the Spanish-American War, the island’s people — American citizens since the passage of the Jones Act in 1917 — have been continuously put in situations where they are simultaneously auditioning for statehood, agitating for independence, and making the very best of living in limbo.

Despite what my name suggests, I am Puerto Rican. I grew up with a mother from the island and a Scots-Irish father in a small town in rural North Carolina, at a time when there were so few Hispanics in the area that my mom liked to go to a Mexican restaurant just to speak some Spanish. That was 20-odd years ago. The local Latino population has grown so much since then that my mom, who retired two years ago, was able to work for a decade as a translator for the local school system.

I was used to being “discovered” as Puerto Rican. Sometimes when this happened, I’d be called upon to explain things. In fourth grade, that meant being assigned to give the class — half black kids, and half white kids — a show-and-tell presentation on Puerto Rico and its strange status as a self-ruling commonwealth, with its own governor and legislature, the American president as its head of state, but whose residents lack a vote in national presidential elections or voting representation in Congress despite being American citizens.

I was asked, “Do you eat a lot of tacos?” The answer, “Probably not any more than you do.” I was also asked, by one of the two dark-haired girls that I had a crush on, this one a doctor’s daughter, “Why don’t we just sell it?”

Even fourth graders can be left speechless. It later occurred to me that I should have answered: “You can’t just sell it. It’s not your beach house!”

If Puerto Rico were our beach house, we’d pay more attention to it.

It has long been conventional wisdom among many Puerto Ricans that the status quo will hold because neither of the American national parties has decided that converting the island into a state would benefit them politically. Paired with this is the conventional wisdom that the Republican Party doesn’t actually want nearly four million more Hispanic voters, and their corresponding electoral votes, at play in national elections. (Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum did pronounce themselves pro-statehood when courting votes — and fund-raising dollars — on the island during last year’s Republican primaries.)

When Spain granted Puerto Rico to the United States in 1898, President William McKinley initiated a project that he defined as “benevolent assimilation” on an island filled with people who already had a strong identity of their own and who, of course, primarily spoke Spanish.

Some of the same people who had resisted rule by Spain, and who had even achieved an extremely brief autonomy — nine months — for the island before the American Navy’s arrival, continued to resist rule by the United States. Among them was a family member — the poet, journalist and statesman Luis Muñoz Rivera. It was during the Spanish reign that he had written, “Annexionism had always seemed to me absurd, depressing and inconceivable.” Though Mr. Muñoz Rivera continued to make the case for autonomy, he was also essential in the creation of some useful accommodations to American rule, like the Jones Act.

Luis Muñoz Rivera’s son, Luis Muñoz Marín, was the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico — and my grandmother’s first cousin. He was also a poet and a journalist, and collaborated closely with the United States Congress to have the island declared a commonwealth in 1952. I often think of two lines from his poetry, “I have broken the rainbow across my heart/as one breaks a useless sword against a knee,” especially when I encounter idealists who have summoned the will to force large, dramatic, practical accomplishments.

In 1949, Mr. Muñoz Marín told American officials, less poetically, that Puerto Rico was looking for “a new kind of statehood,” and that matters were evolving “more like phonetics develop than like Esperanto is constructed.”

And this story of language and its confusions continues. The Nov. 6 referendum consisted of two parts, the first of which requested a yes-or-no vote on the question “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?” The second part instructed voters to “please mark which of the following nonterritorial options would you prefer.” Three choices were offered; statehood, independence or “sovereign free associated state.”

Each option had a definition attached to it, in both Spanish and English, and an icon associated with it: the number 51 emblazoned on a star, the word “libre” framed by a map of the island, and the silhouette of a gray kingbird, respectively. Statehood and independence are familiar concepts, but it’s worth quoting the definition of the less familiar sovereign free associated state: “Puerto Rico should adopt a status outside of the Territory Clause of the Constitution of the United States that recognizes the sovereignty of the people of Puerto Rico,” the ballot explained, “based on a free and voluntary political association, the specific terms of which shall be agreed upon between the United States and Puerto Rico as sovereign nations.”

On the first part of the plebiscite, 54 percent of those who voted disagreed with the “present form of territorial status.” On the second, 61 percent voted for statehood, 5 percent for independence, and 33 percent for sovereign free associated state. The current commonwealth status was not listed as an option.

Enough voters left the second part blank — some as a protest against the exclusion of the commonwealth option — that one could credibly argue that only 45 percent of the people voted for statehood. Indeed, a recent article in The Hill quoted an unnamed Capitol Hill staff member as saying that some in Congress considered the 61 percent vote for statehood to be a “statistical fiction.”

This is a common attitude in Puerto Rico as well. My cousin Vicky in San Juan — a politically sophisticated liberal and a good-humored pro-commonwealth patriot — called the plebiscite “una trampa” (a trap). In Vicky’s view — and many others’ — the departing governor, Luis Fortuño, who is pro-statehood, put the plebiscite on the ballot in an effort to draw his voters to the polls.

PEDRO Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, who acts as the island’s representative to the executive branch and in Congress — where he can vote in committee, though not on the House floor — says that action is needed.

On Nov. 14, he gave a speech on the House floor offering a compelling defense of both the process and the results of the Nov. 6 plebiscite. Mr. Pierluisi, who is pro-statehood, correctly called the island’s current status “colonial in nature” and made a forceful argument against those who would dismiss the election’s outcome. “Some wish to downplay the results of the plebiscite by citing the voters who left the second question blank, but this argument does not withstand scrutiny,” he said. “In our democracy, outcomes are determined by ballots properly cast. Power rests with the citizen who votes, not the one who stays home or refuses to choose from among the options provided.”

I had a long conversation with Mr. Pierluisi the day after he spoke on the House floor. He insists that either Congress or the Obama administration should respect the plebiscite and take action — perhaps by creating another, improved plebiscite that includes both the current commonwealth status as an option, and clearer, fuller explanations of what the alternatives would mean.

He hopes public pressure, including from other Hispanic voters, and possibly international prodding, encourages Congress or the White House to act. “If Congress doesn’t do anything with this,” he told me, “I don’t rule out going to the United Nations or the Organization of American States.” Mr. Pierluisi won’t do so immediately, he said, “because I have to believe in Congress doing its job.”

One of Luis Muñoz Rivera’s best-known poems, “Paréntesis,” ends: “I will not fall; but if I were to fall, amid the roar/ will tumble down, blessing/ the cause in which I melted my entire life;/ my face always turned to my past/ and, like a good soldier,/ wrapped in a shred of my flag.”

Puerto Rico’s history still exists in Mr. Muñoz Rivera’s parenthesis. And I don’t think we’re doing any better in a national discussion about Puerto Rico than we were doing in Mrs. Grant’s fourth grade class.

The congressman is right. American citizens — the people of Puerto Rico — have spoken. They deserve another, clearer, definitive ballot — and soon.

Once those results are in, let’s all figure out what to do about it.

David Royston Patterson is a literary agent at Foundry Literary + Media in New York.

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on November 25, 2012, on page SR4 of the New York edition with the headline: Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State?.
25 de noviembre de 2012
1:38 p.m.

 

El Boston Herald editorializa a favor de la estadidad

Reconoce que a los republicanos le sentará mal la idea

 
En su editorial, el Boston Herald dio su respaldo a la idea de que un Puerto Rico estado 51 mantenga el español como idioma común.

En su editorial, el Boston Herald dio su respaldo a la idea de que un Puerto Rico estado 51 mantenga el español como idioma común.

Por José A. Delgado / jdelgado@elnuevodia.com

WASHINGTON – En un editorial, el periódico Boston Herald apoyó hoy  la idea de convertir a Puerto Rico en el estado 51 de Estados Unidos.

Tras el plebiscito del 6 de noviembre, en el que en una de las preguntas la estadidad obtuvo un 61% de respaldo frente al Estado Libre Asociado (ELA) soberano y la independencia, el diario mantuvo que “a menos que cambien de idea, a su debido tiempo la Isla debe ser admitida como el estado 51 de la Unión”.

En la consulta de hace tres semanas, un 54% de los electores de Puerto Rico rechazó el actual status territorial, comúnmente descrito como Estado Libre Asociado (ELA).

Aunque la estadidad obtuvo el 61% de los votos en la segunda pregunta, el porcentaje se reduce al 45% cuando se toma en cuenta los votos en blanco solicitados por la jefatura del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD), que ganó las elecciones de la Isla.

El Boston Herald, no obstante, sí reconoce que la idea de convertir a la Isla en otro estado más de Estados Unidos le sentará mal a los republicanos.

Alude en ese sentido a la identificación histórica de los boricuas con los demócratas de Estados Unidos, Aunque el editorial dice que el 83% de los puertorriqueños en Estados Unidos votó por el presidente Barack Obama en las elecciones del 6 de noviembre, el porcentaje realmente se refiere a los electores boricuas de Florida.

El Boston Herald sostuvo que la Cámara baja puede ampliarse para incorporar a cinco nuevos congresistas por Puerto Rico.

Y dio su respaldo a la idea de que un Puerto Rico estado 51 mantenga el español como idioma común.

“No vemos ninguna razón para preocuparse. El inglés es de uso frecuente y el bilingüismo debe fomentarse, no desalentarse. Hay un 25% más de personas de origen puertorriqueño en el continente que en la isla”, agrega el Boston Herald.

El editorial del periódico de la ciudad de Boston es uno de varios comentarios que se han publicado este fin de semana sobre el referéndum de status en Puerto Rico, que ha generado múltiples interpretaciones.

En el New York Times, el agente literario David Royston Patterson, nacido en Carolina del Norte de madre boricua, cita al comisionado residente en Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, y sostiene que tras la consulta local del 6 de noviembre hace falta una consulta con una papeleta más clara y mayor discusión en Estados Unidos sobre el futuro político de Puerto Rico.

En su blog de la edición electrónica del diario The Washington Post, el comentarista Mark Plotkin describe la estadidad como la fórmula ganadora y alega que esa alternativa de status es la que promueven el senador republicano Marco Rubio (Florida) y el portavoz de la mayoría republicana en la Cámara baja, el republicano Eric Cantor (Virginia).

Rubio ha indicado en el pasado a El Nuevo Día que no se le debe considerar un defensor de la estadidad  sino de la libre determinación de los puertorriqueños.

Tras el plebiscito de status del 6 de noviembre no ha estado disponible para hacer comentarios sobre los resultados de la consulta.

Cantor, un amigo del gobernador Luis Fortuño, fue uno de los republicanos que en 2010  votó a favor del proyecto federal de status 2499 del comisionado Pedro Pierluisi, que a final de cuentas incluyó al Estado Libre Asociado territorial en una segunda pregunta de un posible plebiscito, aún cuando fuera derrotado en la primera.

Plotkin, sin embargo, piensa que el 61% que prefirió en Puerto Rico la estadidad sobre el ELA soberano y la independencia, puede ayudar a los residentes de Washington D.C. lograr su sueño de ser  un estado federado.

El analista  considera que si republicanos como Rubio y Cantor promueven la estadidad para Puerto Rico, líderes demócratas del Congreso, como  el senador Harry Reid (Nevada) y Nancy Pelosi (California), tendrán espacio para adelantar la plena anexión de Washington D.C..

Plotkin cita a los republicanos boricuas Ricardo Aponte Parsi y José Fuentes Agostini, quienes sostienen que con el tema de la estadidad para Puerto Rico el Grand Old Party (GOP) tiene la oportunidad de acercarse al electorado hispano, el cual se le ha alejado en las últimas dos elecciones.

Sin tomar en cuenta la percepción de que los electores boricuas en EE.UU. y Puerto Rico han estado como Washington D.C. más vinculados a los demócratas,  Plotkin  pregunta: “¿No tenemos aquí las bases para un acuerdo sobre estadidad? Además de hacer lo correcto, todo el mundo resulta ganador”. 

Una de las grandes tareas del análisis de Plotkin es  convencer a los republicanos de la Cámara baja, que por  una abrumadora mayoría se han opuesto a proyectos recientes de los estadistas de la Isla a favor de un plebiscito federal sobre alternativas de status.

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Puer­to Rico Ref­er­en­dum Ap­proves US State­hood for 1st Time, But Re­sults Show Di­vid­ed Views
Visit www.democracynow.org to watch more re­ports on Democ­ra­cy Now!, an in­de­pen­dent, glob­al news hour that airs week­days on 1100+ TV and radio sta­tions. For the first time in Puer­to Rico’s his­to­ry, a ma­jor­i­ty of the is­land’s vot­ers have sup­port­ed a non-bind­ing ref­er­en­dum to be­come a full US state. The mea­sure will re­quire ap­proval from the US Congress, but Pres­i­dent Obama has said he will re­spect the vote. Obama made the same promise last year when vis­it­ed the is­land, be­com­ing the first sit­ting US pres­i­dent in half a cen­tu­ry to do so. If Puer­to Rico be­comes the 51st state, its res­i­dents will have the right to vote in all US elec­tions, but will also have to start to pay fed­er­al taxes. We speak to Juan González, Democ­ra­cy Now! co-host and New York Daily News colum­nist. To watch the en­tire week­day in­de­pen­dent news hour, read the tran­script, down­load the pod­cast, search our vast archive, or to find more in­for­ma­tion about Democ­ra­cy Now! and Amy Good­man, visit http FOL­LOW DEMOC­RA­CY NOW! ON­LINE: Face­book: www.facebook.com Twit­ter: @democ­ra­cynow Sub­scribe on YouTube: www.youtube.com Lis­ten on Sound­Cloud: www.soundcloud.com Daily Email News Di­gest: www.democracynow.org Please con­sid­er sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dent media by mak­ing a do­na­tion to Democ­ra­cy Now! today, visit www.democracynow.org
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1:49

Puer­to Rico Votes on Po­ten­tial US State­hood
In ad­di­tion to elec­tion day in the Unit­ed States, Puer­to Rico held its elec­tions Tues­day -…
pub­lished: 07 Nov 2012
Puer­to Rico Votes on Po­ten­tial US State­hood
In ad­di­tion to elec­tion day in the Unit­ed States, Puer­to Rico held its elec­tions Tues­day – which in­clud­ed a ref­er­en­dum that asked if res­i­dents want­ed to change their re­la­tion­ship with the US Among the op­tions for vot­ers was a choice of ap­ply­ing for US state­hood.
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1:52

51st state? Puer­to Rico vot­ers ap­prove state­hood ques­tion
For the first time, a ma­jor­i­ty of Puer­to Ri­cans have voted in favor of state­hood….
pub­lished: 09 Nov 2012
au­thor: wwlp
51st state? Puer­to Rico vot­ers ap­prove state­hood ques­tion
For the first time, a ma­jor­i­ty of Puer­to Ri­cans have voted in favor of state­hood.
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2:34

In Puer­to Rico, Can­di­dates on De­fense Over Lan­guage Com­ments
Tran­script by www.newsy.com BY ZACH TOOMBS A week spent in Puer­to Rico ahead of its Sun­day…
pub­lished: 18 Mar 2012
au­thor: Newsy­Hub
In Puer­to Rico, Can­di­dates on De­fense Over Lan­guage Com­ments
Tran­script by www.newsy.com BY ZACH TOOMBS A week spent in Puer­to Rico ahead of its Sun­day pri­ma­ry has been any­thing but a trop­i­cal get­away for the GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. Al­though their cam­paign stops were met with en­thu­si­asm, Mitt Rom­ney and Rick San­to­rum find them­selves on the de­fense in the bilin­gual ter­ri­to­ry over their en­dorse­ment of En­glish as the na­tion’s of­fi­cial lan­guage. Both can­di­dates have taken their own cam­paign­ing styles to the is­land ter­ri­to­ry. Politi­co says a Rom­ney event Fri­day fea­tured fire­works, glit­ter ex­plo­sions and street ven­dors. Mean­while, San­to­rum stopped by an evan­gel­i­cal church and a school for Chil­dren with Down’s syn­drome while walk­ing the streets of San Juan. De­spite some suc­cess­ful re­tail pol­i­tick­ing, both can­di­dates are rais­ing eye­brows with their com­ments on Puer­to Rico’s bilin­gual sta­tus. The trou­ble for San­to­rum start­ed Wednes­day when San Juan’s El Vo­cero asked him if Puer­to Rico — which votes on be­com­ing the Union’s 51st state in Novem­ber — should adopt En­glish as its of­fi­cial lan­guage as a pre­cur­sor to state­hood. “They have to speak En­glish. That would be a re­quire­ment. That’s a re­quire­ment we put on other states as a con­di­tion for en­ter­ing the Union.” In re­sponse, the Los An­ge­les Times writes… “The state­ment raised red flags for two rea­sons It of­fend­ed some Puer­to Ri­cans, in­clud­ing a del­e­gate who with­drew his sup­port for San­to­rum. And it in­cor­rect­ly sug­gest­ed that under fed­er­al law there is an En­glish-lan­guage re­quire­ment for
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60:30

His­to­ry of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The His­to­ry of Puer­to Rico began with the set­tle­ment of the archipela­go of Puer­to Rico by …
pub­lished: 30 Oct 2012
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His­to­ry of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The His­to­ry of Puer­to Rico began with the set­tle­ment of the archipela­go of Puer­to Rico by the Or­toiroid peo­ple be­tween 3000 and 2000 BC. Other tribes, such as the Sal­adoid and Arawak In­di­ans, pop­u­lat… His­to­ry of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Quaz­gaa Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:This image is in­el­i­gi­ble for copy­right and there­fore is in the pub­lic do­main, be­cause it con­sists en­tire­ly of in­for­ma­tion that is com­mon prop­er­ty and con­tains no orig­i­nal au­thor­ship., This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main., This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Ma­rine 69-71 Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Li­censed under the GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense., GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense 2.5 Gener­ic, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense 2.0 Gener­ic, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense 1.0 Gener­ic, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense At­tri­bu­tion-Share Alike 3.0 Un­port­ed This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Se­bas­tiano del Pi­om­bo Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:This image is in­el­i­gi­ble for copy­right and there­fore is in the pub­lic domai…
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9:45

Ken­neth Mc­clin­tock-Boston Globe In­ter­view-PR Sta­tus
Re­porters from The Boston Globe trav­eled to Puer­to Rico to in­ter­view the pres­i­dent of the …
pub­lished: 13 Nov 2007
Ken­neth Mc­clin­tock-Boston Globe In­ter­view-PR Sta­tus
Re­porters from The Boston Globe trav­eled to Puer­to Rico to in­ter­view the pres­i­dent of the Puer­to Rico Sen­ate about state­hood for the Is­land. Capi­to­lio, PR 01-25-2006.
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25:29

Flags of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The flags of Puer­to Rico rep­re­sent and sym­bol­ize the is­land and peo­ple of Puer­to Rico. The…
pub­lished: 13 Nov 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Flags of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The flags of Puer­to Rico rep­re­sent and sym­bol­ize the is­land and peo­ple of Puer­to Rico. The most com­mon­ly used flags of Puer­to Rico are the cur­rent flag, which rep­re­sents the peo­ple of the com­mon­wealt… Flags of Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: Stan­dard­_­Gov­er­nor_of_Puer­to_Ri­co.png Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Oren neu dag Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Ma­rine 69-71 Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: Some­one at “El Im­par­cial” Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. )
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9:55

Ed­u­ca­tion in Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Ed­u­ca­tion in Puer­to Rico is over­seen by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of Puer­to Rico under t…
pub­lished: 30 Oct 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Ed­u­ca­tion in Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Ed­u­ca­tion in Puer­to Rico is over­seen by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of Puer­to Rico under the Gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico, which pro­vides pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary school ed­u­ca­tion. In­struc­tion in Puer­to Ri… Ed­u­ca­tion in Puer­to Rico – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:This image is in­el­i­gi­ble for copy­right and there­fore is in the pub­lic do­main, be­cause it con­sists en­tire­ly of in­for­ma­tion that is com­mon prop­er­ty and con­tains no orig­i­nal au­thor­ship., This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main., This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States.
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6:40

Dem­Now J Gon­za­lez Puer­to Rico
The REAL story of Puer­to Rico’s re­cent elec­tion…
pub­lished: 09 Nov 2012
au­thor: wilrodx1
Dem­Now J Gon­za­lez Puer­to Rico
The REAL story of Puer­to Rico’s re­cent elec­tion
views: 34
 
109:05

CNN/RPOF/HLN Re­pub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial De­bate @ Uni­ver­si­ty of N. FL – Jack­sonville – Jan­uary 26, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM (20:00) EST on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26th, 2012 Lo­ca­tion: Uni­ver­si­ty of North F…
pub­lished: 27 Jan 2012
au­thor: PointZe­roRed
CNN/RPOF/HLN Re­pub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial De­bate @ Uni­ver­si­ty of N. FL – Jack­sonville – Jan­uary 26, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM (20:00) EST on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26th, 2012 Lo­ca­tion: Uni­ver­si­ty of North Flori­da in Jack­sonville, Flori­da Broad­cast: CNN Spon­ers: Re­pub­li­can Party of Flori­da and the His­pan­ic Lead­er­ship Net­work Host: Wolf Blitzer Par­tic­i­pants: Mitt Rom­ney, Newt Gin­grich, Rick San­to­rum, Ron Paul
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18:36

Demo­crat­ic Party of Hawaii – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The Demo­crat­ic Party of Hawaii is the af­fil­i­ate of the Demo­crat­ic Party in the state of Ha…
pub­lished: 04 Nov 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Demo­crat­ic Party of Hawaii – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The Demo­crat­ic Party of Hawaii is the af­fil­i­ate of the Demo­crat­ic Party in the state of Hawaii. The party is a cen­tral­ized or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished to pro­mote the party plat­form as draft­ed in con­vent… Demo­crat­ic Party of Hawaii – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: not given Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:This image is in­el­i­gi­ble for copy­right and there­fore is in the pub­lic do­main, be­cause it con­sists en­tire­ly of in­for­ma­tion that is com­mon prop­er­ty and con­tains no orig­i­nal au­thor­ship., This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main., This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States.
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42:15

House Ses­sion 2011-09-21 (10:01:03-10:43:17)
pub­lished: 21 Sep 2011
House Ses­sion 2011-09-21 (10:01:03-10:43:17)
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27:41

Plu­ral­i­ty Vot­ing Sys­tem – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The most com­mon sys­tem, used in Cana­da, the lower house (Lok Sabha) in India, the Unit­ed K…
pub­lished: 27 Oct 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Plu­ral­i­ty Vot­ing Sys­tem – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
The most com­mon sys­tem, used in Cana­da, the lower house (Lok Sabha) in India, the Unit­ed King­dom, and most elec­tions in the Unit­ed States, is sim­ple plu­ral­i­ty, first-past-the-post or win­ner-takes-all… Plu­ral­i­ty Vot­ing Sys­tem – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: El T Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:This image is in­el­i­gi­ble for copy­right and there­fore is in the pub­lic do­main, be­cause it con­sists en­tire­ly of in­for­ma­tion that is com­mon prop­er­ty and con­tains no orig­i­nal au­thor­ship., This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main., This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Li­censed under the GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense., GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense, This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Rspeer Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Li­censed under the GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense., G…
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63:27

House Ses­sion 2012-09-20 (10:01:46-11:05:12)
Dur­ing Morn­ing Hour, any mem­ber may speak for up to five min­utes on any topic. When no add…
pub­lished: 21 Sep 2012
House Ses­sion 2012-09-20 (10:01:46-11:05:12)
Dur­ing Morn­ing Hour, any mem­ber may speak for up to five min­utes on any topic. When no ad­di­tion­al mem­bers seek recog­ni­tion, Morn­ing Hour con­cludes.
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Nat­u­ral­iza­tion – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Nat­u­ral­iza­tion (or nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion) is the ac­qui­si­tion of cit­i­zen­ship and na­tion­al­i­ty by so…
pub­lished: 16 Nov 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Nat­u­ral­iza­tion – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Nat­u­ral­iza­tion (or nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion) is the ac­qui­si­tion of cit­i­zen­ship and na­tion­al­i­ty by some­body who was not a cit­i­zen of that coun­try at the time of birth. In gen­er­al, basic re­quire­ments for nat­u­ral… Nat­u­ral­iza­tion – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Bain News Ser­vice Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: NASA/Jim Gross­mann Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: US Navy photo by Legal­man 1st Class Jen­nifer L. Bai­ley Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. )
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40:30

Hon­olu­lu – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Hon­olu­lu (; Hawai­ian: hono’lulu) is the cap­i­tal and the most pop­u­lous city of the US state…
pub­lished: 12 Nov 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
Hon­olu­lu – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
Hon­olu­lu (; Hawai­ian: hono’lulu) is the cap­i­tal and the most pop­u­lous city of the US state of Hawaii. Hon­olu­lu is the south­ern­most major US city. Al­though the name “Hon­olu­lu” refers to the urban … Hon­olu­lu – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Arkyan Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Sul­lynyfl­hi Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: Qyd Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Qyd Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0 ) Au­thor: Un­known Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( This work is in the Pub­lic Do­main. ) Au­thor: www.flickr.com Image URL: en.wikipedia.org ( Cre­ative Com­mons ASA …
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92:25

An­drea Bo­cel­li – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
“Bo­cel­li” redi­rects here. For An­drea Bo­cel­li’s sec­ond album, “Bo­cel­li”, re­leased in 1995, …
pub­lished: 28 Oct 2012
au­thor: WikiPlays
An­drea Bo­cel­li – Wiki Ar­ti­cle
“Bo­cel­li” redi­rects here. For An­drea Bo­cel­li’s sec­ond album, “Bo­cel­li”, re­leased in 1995, see Bo­cel­li (album). An­drea Bo­cel­li, OMRI, OMDSM (Ital­ian pro­nun­ci­a­tion: anˈdrɛːa boˈtʃɛlli; born 22 Septemb… An­drea Bo­cel­li – Wiki Ar­ti­cle – wikiplays.org Orig­i­nal @ http All In­for­ma­tion De­rived from Wikipedia using Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense: en.wikipedia.org Au­thor: Dovy­wiar­da Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Li­censed under the GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense., GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense At­tri­bu­tion-Share Alike 3.0 Un­port­ed This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: Dovy­wiar­da Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Li­censed under the GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense., GNU Free Doc­u­men­ta­tion Li­cense, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense At­tri­bu­tion-Share Alike 3.0 Un­port­ed This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: www.flickr.com Image URL: en.wikipedia.org Li­censed under:Cre­ative Com­mons ASA 3.0, Cre­ative Com­mons Li­cense At­tri­bu­tion-Share Alike 3.0 Un­port­ed This work is in the pub­lic do­main in the Unit­ed States. Au­thor: www.flickr.com Image URL: en.wikipedia.org
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pub­lished: 07 Oct 2012
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14:28

Puer­to Rico State­hood
I’m a lit­tle more provoca­tive in this episode than nor­mal. For the first time in his­to­ry, …
pub­lished: 21 Nov 2012
Puer­to Rico State­hood
I’m a lit­tle more provoca­tive in this episode than nor­mal. For the first time in his­to­ry, on Novem­ber 6th, 2012 Puer­to Rico has passed a non-bind­ing ref­er­en­dum in favor of State­hood. Lit­tle has been pub­lished in the main­stream press about this topic, and worse yet, some of what was pub­lished was . . . wrong. This an at­tempt to clar­i­fy the is­sues at hand and the ef­fects of such a de­ci­sion. Sub­scribe to in­stant up­dates via Text Mes­sage for new post­ings of Your Gov Non-Par­ti­san at: motube.us Your­Gov­Non­Part on Face­book: www.facebook.com
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4:00

The 51st State
In which Hank dis­cuss­es the his­tor­i­cal na­ture of yes­ter­day’s elec­tion, and how a bunch of …
pub­lished: 08 Nov 2012
The 51st State
In which Hank dis­cuss­es the his­tor­i­cal na­ture of yes­ter­day’s elec­tion, and how a bunch of Amer­i­cans who don’t live in Amer­i­ca may end up hav­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact of all. But then again, maybe not. Not only would Puer­to Rico’s state­hood be a very up­hill bat­tle to a su­per­ma­jor­i­ty in Congress, it also re­mains an ex­treme­ly di­vi­sive issue with the com­mon­wealth. But it is fas­ci­nat­ing that Puer­to Rico re­mains, in ef­fect, a colony of the Unit­ed States and has been an au­tonomous coun­try for all of four weeks (after the Span­ish gave it up and be­fore the US took pos­ses­sion) in it’s 500 year his­to­ry. It’s im­por­tant to note that the ques­tion on the bal­lot was an odd one (I didn’t have time to talk about this in the video). It was a two-part ques­tion, first ask­ing if peo­ple want­ed to see Puer­to Rico’s sta­tus change (a ma­jor­i­ty did) and then ask­ing, if it did, how they would like it to change (even if they had just said that they /didn’t/ want it to change.) A large num­ber of peo­ple did not an­swer the sec­ond ques­tion, in­di­cat­ing that the ma­jor­i­ty that fa­vored state­hood may have been over­whelmed by the peo­ple who didn’t want any chance mixed with the peo­ple who want­ed full in­de­pen­dence or a dif­fer­ent com­mon­wealth sta­tus. Nonethe­less, the por­tion of Puer­to Rico fa­vor­ing state­hood con­tin­ues to in­crease, and this is an issue that we will have to face some day. HERE ARE A LOT OF LINKS TO NERD­FIGH­T­AS­TIC THINGS: Shirts and Stuff: dftba.com Hank’s Music: dftba.com John’s Books: amzn
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2:15

51st State – Puer­to Rico is cel­e­brat­ing
Puer­to Rico votes in favour of be­com­ing 51st state of the US – The Sun Puer­to Ri­cans favor…
pub­lished: 08 Nov 2012
51st State – Puer­to Rico is cel­e­brat­ing
Puer­to Rico votes in favour of be­com­ing 51st state of the US – The Sun Puer­to Ri­cans favor state­hood for first time. – CNN Puer­to Rico Wants to Be­come State 51. – ABC News I DID NOT MADE THIS VIDEO.
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3:09

Puer­to Rico The time has come.
A pre­view for a doc­u­men­tary about the cen­tu­ry-old ques­tion of Puer­to Rico’s po­lit­i­cal stat…
pub­lished: 19 Dec 2011
Puer­to Rico The time has come.
A pre­view for a doc­u­men­tary about the cen­tu­ry-old ques­tion of Puer­to Rico’s po­lit­i­cal sta­tus. Should Puer­to Rico be­come the fifty-first state of the Union or a sovereign coun­try?. The time has come and it is time to de­cide now and there will be no step back once that de­ci­sion was taken on Nov. 6, 2012. All to need is the wis­dom to take the right a ma­jor­i­ty pop­u­lar vote in favor of the fu­ture os the peo­ple.
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The Sunday Review

 

Opinion

Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State?

By DAVID ROYSTON PATTERSON
Published: November 24, 2012

ONE of the little-noticed results of the Nov. 6 elections was a plebiscite held in Puerto Rico on the island’s relationship with the United States. The outcome was murky, much like the last century’s worth of political history between Washington and San Juan, and the mainland’s confused or disinterested attitude toward Puerto Rico that abetted it.

Ricardo Arduengo/Associated Press

Ever since the United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898 and then was handed the island by Spain as part of the settlement for the Spanish-American War, the island’s people — American citizens since the passage of the Jones Act in 1917 — have been continuously put in situations where they are simultaneously auditioning for statehood, agitating for independence, and making the very best of living in limbo.

Despite what my name suggests, I am Puerto Rican. I grew up with a mother from the island and a Scots-Irish father in a small town in rural North Carolina, at a time when there were so few Hispanics in the area that my mom liked to go to a Mexican restaurant just to speak some Spanish. That was 20-odd years ago. The local Latino population has grown so much since then that my mom, who retired two years ago, was able to work for a decade as a translator for the local school system.

I was used to being “discovered” as Puerto Rican. Sometimes when this happened, I’d be called upon to explain things. In fourth grade, that meant being assigned to give the class — half black kids, and half white kids — a show-and-tell presentation on Puerto Rico and its strange status as a self-ruling commonwealth, with its own governor and legislature, the American president as its head of state, but whose residents lack a vote in national presidential elections or voting representation in Congress despite being American citizens.

I was asked, “Do you eat a lot of tacos?” The answer, “Probably not any more than you do.” I was also asked, by one of the two dark-haired girls that I had a crush on, this one a doctor’s daughter, “Why don’t we just sell it?”

Even fourth graders can be left speechless. It later occurred to me that I should have answered: “You can’t just sell it. It’s not your beach house!”

If Puerto Rico were our beach house, we’d pay more attention to it.

It has long been conventional wisdom among many Puerto Ricans that the status quo will hold because neither of the American national parties has decided that converting the island into a state would benefit them politically. Paired with this is the conventional wisdom that the Republican Party doesn’t actually want nearly four million more Hispanic voters, and their corresponding electoral votes, at play in national elections. (Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum did pronounce themselves pro-statehood when courting votes — and fund-raising dollars — on the island during last year’s Republican primaries.)

When Spain granted Puerto Rico to the United States in 1898, President William McKinley initiated a project that he defined as “benevolent assimilation” on an island filled with people who already had a strong identity of their own and who, of course, primarily spoke Spanish.

Some of the same people who had resisted rule by Spain, and who had even achieved an extremely brief autonomy — nine months — for the island before the American Navy’s arrival, continued to resist rule by the United States. Among them was a family member — the poet, journalist and statesman Luis Muñoz Rivera. It was during the Spanish reign that he had written, “Annexionism had always seemed to me absurd, depressing and inconceivable.” Though Mr. Muñoz Rivera continued to make the case for autonomy, he was also essential in the creation of some useful accommodations to American rule, like the Jones Act.

Luis Muñoz Rivera’s son, Luis Muñoz Marín, was the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico — and my grandmother’s first cousin. He was also a poet and a journalist, and collaborated closely with the United States Congress to have the island declared a commonwealth in 1952. I often think of two lines from his poetry, “I have broken the rainbow across my heart/as one breaks a useless sword against a knee,” especially when I encounter idealists who have summoned the will to force large, dramatic, practical accomplishments.

In 1949, Mr. Muñoz Marín told American officials, less poetically, that Puerto Rico was looking for “a new kind of statehood,” and that matters were evolving “more like phonetics develop than like Esperanto is constructed.”

And this story of language and its confusions continues. The Nov. 6 referendum consisted of two parts, the first of which requested a yes-or-no vote on the question “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?” The second part instructed voters to “please mark which of the following nonterritorial options would you prefer.” Three choices were offered; statehood, independence or “sovereign free associated state.”

Each option had a definition attached to it, in both Spanish and English, and an icon associated with it: the number 51 emblazoned on a star, the word “libre” framed by a map of the island, and the silhouette of a gray kingbird, respectively. Statehood and independence are familiar concepts, but it’s worth quoting the definition of the less familiar sovereign free associated state: “Puerto Rico should adopt a status outside of the Territory Clause of the Constitution of the United States that recognizes the sovereignty of the people of Puerto Rico,” the ballot explained, “based on a free and voluntary political association, the specific terms of which shall be agreed upon between the United States and Puerto Rico as sovereign nations.”

On the first part of the plebiscite, 54 percent of those who voted disagreed with the “present form of territorial status.” On the second, 61 percent voted for statehood, 5 percent for independence, and 33 percent for sovereign free associated state. The current commonwealth status was not listed as an option.

Enough voters left the second part blank — some as a protest against the exclusion of the commonwealth option — that one could credibly argue that only 45 percent of the people voted for statehood. Indeed, a recent article in The Hill quoted an unnamed Capitol Hill staff member as saying that some in Congress considered the 61 percent vote for statehood to be a “statistical fiction.”

This is a common attitude in Puerto Rico as well. My cousin Vicky in San Juan — a politically sophisticated liberal and a good-humored pro-commonwealth patriot — called the plebiscite “una trampa” (a trap). In Vicky’s view — and many others’ — the departing governor, Luis Fortuño, who is pro-statehood, put the plebiscite on the ballot in an effort to draw his voters to the polls.

PEDRO Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, who acts as the island’s representative to the executive branch and in Congress — where he can vote in committee, though not on the House floor — says that action is needed.

On Nov. 14, he gave a speech on the House floor offering a compelling defense of both the process and the results of the Nov. 6 plebiscite. Mr. Pierluisi, who is pro-statehood, correctly called the island’s current status “colonial in nature” and made a forceful argument against those who would dismiss the election’s outcome. “Some wish to downplay the results of the plebiscite by citing the voters who left the second question blank, but this argument does not withstand scrutiny,” he said. “In our democracy, outcomes are determined by ballots properly cast. Power rests with the citizen who votes, not the one who stays home or refuses to choose from among the options provided.”

I had a long conversation with Mr. Pierluisi the day after he spoke on the House floor. He insists that either Congress or the Obama administration should respect the plebiscite and take action — perhaps by creating another, improved plebiscite that includes both the current commonwealth status as an option, and clearer, fuller explanations of what the alternatives would mean.

He hopes public pressure, including from other Hispanic voters, and possibly international prodding, encourages Congress or the White House to act. “If Congress doesn’t do anything with this,” he told me, “I don’t rule out going to the United Nations or the Organization of American States.” Mr. Pierluisi won’t do so immediately, he said, “because I have to believe in Congress doing its job.”

One of Luis Muñoz Rivera’s best-known poems, “Paréntesis,” ends: “I will not fall; but if I were to fall, amid the roar/ will tumble down, blessing/ the cause in which I melted my entire life;/ my face always turned to my past/ and, like a good soldier,/ wrapped in a shred of my flag.”

Puerto Rico’s history still exists in Mr. Muñoz Rivera’s parenthesis. And I don’t think we’re doing any better in a national discussion about Puerto Rico than we were doing in Mrs. Grant’s fourth grade class.

The congressman is right. American citizens — the people of Puerto Rico — have spoken. They deserve another, clearer, definitive ballot — and soon.

Once those results are in, let’s all figure out what to do about it.

David Royston Patterson is a literary agent at Foundry Literary + Media in New York.

Puerto Rico vote endorses statehood with asterisk

</p><p>              Supporters of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party cheer while waiting for the arrival of their candidate for governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla as the first tallied votes mark a tendency in his favor early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Incumbent Gov. Luis Fortuno conceded defeat to Garcia Padilla in a close election with a margin less than 1 percent. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)</p><p>                  Supporters of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party cheer while waiting for the arrival of their candidate for governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla as the first tallied votes mark a tendency in his favor early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Incumbent Gov. Luis Fortuno conceded defeat to Garcia Padilla in a close election with a margin less than 1 percent. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

By BEN FOX
Associated Press / November 7, 2012  

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans have supported U.S. statehood in a vote that jubilant members of the pro-statehood party say is the strongest sign yet that the Caribbean island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.

But Tuesday’s vote comes with an asterisk and an imposing political reality: The island remains bitterly divided over its relationship to the United States and many question the validity of this week’s referendum.

Nearly a half million voters chose to leave a portion of the ballot blank. And voters also ousted the pro-statehood governor, eliminating one of the main advocates for a cause that would need the approval of the U.S. Congress.

‘‘Statehood won a victory without precedent but it’s an artificial victory,’’ said Angel Israel Rivera Ortiz, a political science professor at the University of Puerto Rico. ‘‘It reflects a divided and confused electorate that is not clear on where it’s going.’’

President Barack Obama had said he would support the will of the Puerto Rican people on the question of the island’s relationship to the U.S., referred to simply on the island as its ‘‘status,’’ and this week’s referendum was intended to be the barometer.

But the results aren’t so clear cut. It was a two-part ballot that first asked all voters if they favor the current status as a U.S. territory. Regardless of the answer, all voters then had the opportunity to choose in the second question from three options: statehood, independence or ‘‘sovereign free association,’’ which would grant more autonomy to the island of nearly 4 million people.

More than 900,000 voters, or 54 percent, responded ‘‘no’’ to the first question, saying they were not content with the current status.

On the second question, only about 1.3 million voters made a choice. Of those, nearly 800,000, or 61 percent of those expressing an opinion, chose statehood — the first majority after three previous referendums on the issue over the past 45 years. Some 437,000 backed sovereign free association and 72,560 chose independence. Nearly 500,000, however, left that question blank.

‘‘We made history with this plebiscite,’’ said Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, the island’s representative in Congress and a member of both the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and the Democratic Party.

The certified results will be sent to the White House and the congressional leadership, and it would be up to them to begin the process of possibly admitting Puerto Rico into the union.

‘‘The ball is now in Congress’ court and Congress will have to react to this result,’’ Pierluisi said. ‘‘This is a clear result that says ‘no’ to the current status.’’

Gov. Luis Fortuno, a member of the pro-statehood party who is also a Republican, welcomed the results and said he was hopeful that Congress would take up the cause.

But Fortuno won’t be around to lead the fight: Voters turned him out of office after one term, and gave the governship to Alejandro Garcia Padilla of the Popular Democratic Party, which wants Puerto Rico to remain a semi-autonomous U.S. commonwealth.

Garcia has pledged to hold a constitutional assembly in 2014 to address the island’s status, followed by another referendum with support from Congress.

Margarita Nolasco, the vice president of the Puerto Rican Senate from the pro-statehood party, said she feared the commonwealth forces would seek to undermine the plebiscite.

‘‘At the beginning of the last century, statehood appeared to be an impossible dream,’’ Nolasco said. ‘‘After a century of battles and electoral defeats, statehood just became the political force of majority that Puerto Ricans prefer.’’

Besides pointing to the defeat of the governor, albeit by a margin of less than 1 percent, skeptics point to other signs that statehood is not ascendant in Puerto Rico.

Luis Delgado Rodriguez, who leads a group that supports sovereign free association, noted all the voters who left the second question blank, raising questions about their preference. He said those voters, coupled with those who support independence and sovereign free association, add up to more than those who favored statehood.

‘‘This represents an overwhelming majority against statehood,’’ he said.

The results are also murky because everyone could vote in the second round no matter how they marked the first question — and the choice of ‘‘sovereign free association’’ is not the same as the current status. So people could have voted for both no change in the first round and any of the choices in the second. Nearly 65,000 left the first question blank.

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‘‘With that kind of message, Congress is not going to do anything, and neither is President Obama,’’ Rivera said.

Puerto Rico has been a territory for 114 years and its people have been U.S. citizens since 1917. Residents of the island cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, have no representation in the Senate and only limited representation in the House of Representatives.

It’s a situation that frustrates many, as does the long-simmering political uncertainty. Independence was once the dominant political movement on the island but no longer: Only 6 percent of voters opted to sever ties from the U.S., a prospect that scared voters like 31-year-old Jose Ramos.

‘‘I prefer that the United States helps us, because to stand on our own two feet, no,’’ said the father of three. ‘‘I don’t want this to become a republic. That scares me.’’end of story marker

 

 

 

Political Notebook

Divided vote in Puerto Rico clouds a win for statehood

 Associated Press  November 08, 2012

SAN JUAN — A majority of Puerto Ricans Tuesday voted for the first time to seek becoming the 51st US state in what jubilant members of the pro-statehood party call a resounding sign that the island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.

Yet, the island remains bitterly divided over its relationship to the United States and many question the validity of this week’s referendum.

In addition, voters ousted the pro-statehood governor, eliminating a key advocate for a cause that would need the approval of the US Congress.

President Obama had said he would support the will of the Puerto Rican people on the question of the island’s relationship to the United States.

But the results aren’t so clear-cut. It was a two-part ballot that first asked all voters if they favor the current status as a territory. Regardless of the answer, all voters then got to choose in the second question from three options: statehood, independence or ‘‘sovereign free association,’’ which would grant more autonomy to the island of nearly 4 million people.

About 54 percent of the voters responded ‘no’ to the first question, saying they were not content with the current status; and 61 percent chose statehood — a bigger percentage, and the first majority, than in the previous three referendums on this issue over the past 45 years.

The certified results will be sent to the White House and the congressional leadership, and it will be up to them to begin the process of admitting Puerto Rico into the union.

Solving woes at the polls difficult with array of voting systems in US

WASHINGTON — Even as President Obama was about to give his victory speech early Wednesday, dozens of Florida voters waited in line to cast ballots more than five hours after the polls officially closed. Thousands of people in Virginia, Tennessee, and elsewhere also had to vote in overtime.

‘‘I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time,’’ Obama said. ‘‘By the way, we have to fix that.’’

Easier said than done.

There’s no single entity that sets the rules for voting in this country. Congress and the states enact overall election laws, but in most places it comes down to county or even city officials to actually run them. And those local systems are prone to problems.

There were examples in California of polls not opening on time because election workers overslept. In Ohio, Florida, and elsewhere, there weren’t enough voting machines to accommodate large crowds. In other places the devices malfunctioned or jammed.

At least 19 polling places in Hawaii ran out of paper ballots. In Pennsylvania, poll workers gave incorrect information to hundreds of voters about whether they needed photo identification (most didn’t)

November 07, 2012

Puerto Ricans Favor Statehood for First Time

“In an overshadowed Election Day contest, Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood in a nonbinding referendum, marking the first time such an initiative garnered a majority,” CNN reports.

“Puerto Ricans were asked about their desires in two parts. First, by a 54% to 46% margin, voters rejected their current status as a U.S. commonwealth. In a separate question, 61% chose statehood as the alternative, compared with 33% for the semi-autonomous “sovereign free association” and 6% for outright independence.”

Fox News: “But Tuesday’s vote comes with an asterisk and an imposing political reality: The island remains bitterly divided over its relationship to the United States and many question the validity of this week’s referendum.”

A Puerto Rican Reader Explains Why He’s Pro-Statehood

July 20, 2010

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From: Augosto Perez (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi’s Column: USA Libre! Why Can’t All Americans Vote On Puerto Rican Statehood

I’m a pro-statehood, registered Republican. If Puerto Rico became a state, the language of commercial and public government transactions would be English for practical, not ideological, reasons.

As to the political makeup of the island’s electorate, that may be a more fickle subject. Economically, most Puerto Ricans are conservative. Socially, like many from warm climates, they’re tolerant, even permissive.

For all the stateside wailing and screaming about “culture,” Puerto Rico has already been Anglicized through decades of media pressure. [Puerto Ricans More Americanized Than Some Allentonians Realize, by David Vaida, Allentown Morning Call, April 25, 2000]

Statehood would be justice delayed for Puerto Rico. Since the Korean War, island natives have been over-represented on a per-capita basis on America’s war casualty list. [As its War Sacrifices Rise, Puerto Rico Debates U.S. Tie, by Brian Bender, Boston Globe, February 4, 2006]

I’m certain that even statehood’s most ardent opponents will agree that statehood is preferable to granting amnesty to more than 12 million illegal aliens who do not and never will consider themselves American.

Perez’s previous letters about Mexican hypocrisy, left-wing Puerto Ricans and VDARE.COM worst immigration reporter of the year Soledad O’Brien are here, here and here.

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

The 51st state? The most overlooked vote of 2012.

 

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    Puerto Ricans voted Tuesday to adjust the relationship between the territory and the United States and pursue statehood, advancing the quest of many on the island to become the nation’s 51st state.

    In a two-part referendum, voters supported abandoning the status quo and embracing statehood — the first time such an effort has received a majority.

    President Barack Obama pledged in 2011 to respect “a clear decision” of the people of Puerto Rico on statehood. It is unclear if the 60 percent margin on Tuesday meets that test.

    Under Article IV the Constitution, Congress would have to approve statehood for the territory — though it is not clear where congressional leaders stand on the issue.

    A White House spokesperson, in addition to spokespeople for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner, did not respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.

    The Results:

    Question 1: Change the relationship or status quo?

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    Question 2: So now what?

    As a someone who lived in PR as a child I am shocked. I never thought this would happen. Now I get to hear people who spent a week in PR on vacation tell me what PR is like. Or hear others claim PR will only vote Democrat despite the fact their current Governor is Republican and have had Republican Governors in the past. This will be fun.

    I don’t mind PR becoming the 51st state since they already are well integrated into American society. However, can we just leave the flags with 50 stars? It’ll be damn expensive to make all new ones. 😀 Also the PR needs to up their average income before they officially become part of the union.
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  • Puerto Rico Statehood Around The Corner–Or Is It?

    (Muchos no saben lo que escriben y dicen el resultado no es claro, pero la realidad es que el resultado es mas claro y contundente que la eleccionde AGP, y si se acepta a AGP hay que aceptar el resultado del Plebiscito.)

    For the first time since 1959, the United States is likely very soon to have another state added to the Union–Puerto Rico–or is it?

    Puerto Rico has had special commonwealth status since 1952,and had rejected statehood by narrow margins a few times over the years, but on Election,Day, the voters chose to ask for statehood, which should be automatic next year under ordinary circumstances.

    This would require a new 51 star flag; the addition of probably five House members; and two US Senators, based on the fact that the island has about 3.7 million population, and each Congressional district is about 750,000 population, making for a 440 member House of Representatives.

    It probably means that both Senators and most of the five House members will be Democrats, at least initially, but also based on the overwhelming Puerto Rican vote for President Obama in New York, Florida, Illinois, and elsewhere, where Puerto Ricans have settled.

    Puerto Rico would be the second island nation after Hawaii, which would not be part of the American mainland, and by its population size, would have greater input than Hawaii, with its two House members, and Alaska, with its one state wide Congressman.

    The plebiscite vote was non binding, and came with the unusual defeat of the statehood Governor and loss of control of both houses for his party, and the victory of the pro Commonwealth party, which wishes to leave Puerto Rican status as it has been for the past half century.

    So because of the contradictory results, it could be that Congress will ignore the results and leave things well enough alone!

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