Is Puerto Rico About To Become The 51st State?

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Howard Portnoy writing in the Examiner:

Although it has not received much play in the mainstream media, the U.S. House is voting today on a bill that could ultimately result in Puerto Rico becoming the fifty-first state. The notion of Puerto Rican statehood is nothing new. Residents of the commonwealth have voted three times on the question of whether Puerto Rico should become a state, most recently in 1996. Each time, residents voted to retain the island’s extant status.

This time could be the “charm” for Democrats in Congress, who see a golden opportunity in winning Puerto Rican over as a state. Seating two more senators and as many as six Congressmen likely to align themselves with the Democrats would give the party in power even more control going forward.

The resolution before the House, which leaders hasten to assure worried Americans is non-binding, would work differently from the previous measures voted on by the citizens of Puerto Rico. This bill, H.R. 2499, would have two parts. The first would be a referendum asking Puerto Ricans not whether they wanted their homeland to become a state—as in past votes—but whether they wanted to change to “a different political status.” The question seems loaded since the answer is pretty much known in advance to be “yes.” There are enough Puerto Ricans unhappy with their current political status to vote in favor of something else.

That “something else” is spelled out in part two of the legislation, which allows for three choices. In the language of H.R. 2499,those choices are as follows:

1. “Independence: Puerto Rico should become fully independent from the United States;”
2. “Sovereignty in Association with the United States: Puerto Rico and the United States should form a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the United States Constitution;”
3. “Statehood: Puerto Rico should be admitted as a State of the Union.”

Democrat money is on the citizens of Puerto Rico rejecting the first two options. That means they would opt for the only remaining option, which is statehood.

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  • tonyviner

    Good thing. Even though it sounds like most Puerto Ricans aren't totally behind the idea, I am all for anything that would make it necessary to change that boring-ass flag of ours. I guess that is a little selfish on my part. In all actuality it sounds like it would be nothing more than a tool for rich white people to get themselves elected into office. Let me be the first to say that we have enough of that.

    • Chlod

      Let's see if you still think like that when all your neighbours are Puerto Ricans. Mass immigration and open borders are indeed a tool of the rich, and that's what this issue is about.

      • Hadrian999

        exactly how many puerto ricans do you think there are in puerto rico?

        • Angelsantiago

          Well, the best answer would be ”PLENTY PUERTO RICAN POWER” To vote YES to 51 STATE…..

    • Swillverbtarionical

      When people keep using phrases like “rich white people” do they see the analogy to similar stereotypes of other groups? Say for example how jews were viewed in Germany during the 30's. Let's stop being haters, chances are you're a white boy Tony.

      Actually having Puerto Rico as a state would be great for all citzens living in the current 50 states, because there would be more people to share the burden or our country's debt. As for the people of Puerto Rico, it may not seem as beneficial, at least not intitially.

  • voxmagi

    AAAAAAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Noooooooooooooooo! Brown people can't be Americans…not real ones! We're still trying to deport, kill or arrest the ones we're already stuck with! God Damn It! This'll put us wayyy behind schedule at the GOP Strategy Session Meetings!

    • Guest

      And thats why we DONT want to become a state! You hicks!

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Also…apparently they don’t use sarcasm there…because my comments were jokes aimed at white conservatives who treat the people of Puerto Rico with contempt. Had a friend who lived there…great place…probably should be a state…hopefully soon.

    • guest

      And to add to this. Puerto Ricen are not all “brown” you idiota, alot are white!

  • chonus

    Bienvenidos!

  • Name

    The people of Puerto Rico already decided 3 other times not to be a State. The People don't want it . Isn't that right the most important fact. Congress is rewriting the Question in this vote. A plot to twist the vote with the “sounds like” we will be on our own options if we don't agree to be a State. In a Country where the average mean income is less than 18,000 this amounts to a threat. “Join us or else”. Welcome to America! Coast to Coast the new Communist Rulers of the World.

  • Aza

    The most important fact here is that the people of Puerto Rico do not want to be State. The idea that the U.S.A Congress should ask them to vote on bill they rewrote to sound like a threat of “Join us or your on your own” is the new Communist U.S.A out to rule the world taking territory a piece at time. Just like the Communist Party in Russia did to build the U.S.S.R. American’s. You have been invaded your country and is on the verge of falling and your all to naive to see it. The rest of the world is laughing at you.

  • Aza

    The most important fact here is that the people of Puerto Rico do not want to be State. The idea that the U.S.A Congress should ask them to vote on bill they rewrote to sound like a threat of “Join us or your on your own” is the new Communist U.S.A out to rule the world taking territory a piece at time. Just like the Communist Party in Russia did to build the U.S.S.R. American's. You have been invaded your country and is on the verge of falling and your all to naive to see it. The rest of the world is laughing at you.

  • Guest

    And thats why we DONT want to become a state! You hicks!

  • guest

    We dont want to become a state. We have our own goals that we are working on!

  • guest

    We dont want to become a state. We have our own goals that we are working on!

  • guest

    And to add to this. Puerto Ricen are not all “brown” you idiota, alot are white!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Also…apparently they don’t use sarcasm there…because my comments were jokes aimed at white conservatives who treat the people of Puerto Rico with contempt. Had a friend who lived there…great place…probably should be a state…hopefully soon.

  • Angelsantiago

    Well, the best answer would be ”PLENTY PUERTO RICAN POWER” To vote YES to 51 STATE…..