Monday, January 02, 2006

What is to become of the island of Puerto Rico?

Who knows.

Recently there has been a lot of debate on the political status of the island on whether it should remain as is (Commonwealth) or that the people finally vote it as the 51st state or even worse Independent..?? Well, the US government just might have something to say about it.

from the MiamiHerald:


The Bush administration has come up with an answer to the perennial question of what to do about the political status of Puerto Rico: Let Puerto Ricans decide. Congress will have a lot to say about that, of course, but the White House deserves credit for daring to venture into this political thicket and come up with an idea that points to the future.

On. Dec. 22, the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status, after years of hearings and study, issued a long-awaited report intended to arouse congressional action on Puerto Rico. The main recommendation is that Congress should tackle the status issue this year and allow Puerto Rico's voters to decide whether they wish to retain the current 'commonwealth'' status or move to either independence or statehood.

No consensus

The report is an effort to cut through the vexing knots that have kept Puerto Rico's political status in a tangle for decades. Clearly, many Puerto Ricans are comfortable with the status quo. Yet a series of Puerto Rico-initiated plebiscites in recent years has failed to produce a consensus while revealing significant pro-statehood sentiment. Because the island's status is considered ''indefinite'' -- as opposed to the ''permanent'' options of statehood or independence -- a periodic plebiscite is deemed necessary to measure public opinion.

Endorsing the call for a plebiscite does not mean turning a blind eye to the political machinations behind the move. The report proposes two rounds of voting, in which the first plebiscite would be a simple up-or-down vote on the current status. Commonwealth supporters, led by Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá of the Popular Democratic Party, see this as a trap in which supporters of the current status would be pitted unfairly against the combined vote of the independentistas and those who favor statehood.


Statehood supporters believe they would prevail in a subsequent round that gives voters a choice between independence or becoming the 51st state. Perhaps designing the plebiscite in some other way would be more fair to all factions, but it is hard to argue with the notion of a vote for self-determination that Congress would promise to abide by.

Commonwealth leaders believe the majority of Puerto Rico's four million people are content with the status quo. If they're right, they should not fear a fair and properly worded plebiscite, but they should prepare for a strong challenge. Congress can choose to drag its feet or ignore the report altogether, but either choice would be wrong. The best way to settle the status issue is a fairly designed referendum that allows the people of Puerto Rico to decide their own future.

Umm, they voted on this back in 1998, and the results were what it still is and has always been since being established remaining a Commonwealth. To me, if they do vote again I don't think much will change because from what I hear most Puerto Ricans that live there are still complacent with what they have and the status of the island as is so I guess we'll just have to wait and see where this whole thing goes. I knew this issue was going to come up again sooner or later because Puerto Rico is in a lot of trouble right now so I don't want to hear another "It's Bush's Fault" shit again, though there is one gov official of the island recently who says that they should file a lawsuit against the US which is just rediculous, but I'm not surprised most of the gov officials there are all corrupt anyway and bitch at everything. sound familiar?

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