Should Puerto Rico Become A State Or A Nation?

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Very soon a major decision will be made. Will there be another star added to the United States flag or will Puerto Rico become a nation?

Recently, this writer moved to this small country in the Caribbean. On a map it doesn't look small, but to give you an idea just how tiny it is, my fiance and I drove the whole coast in one day; with stops along the way.

I have my opinion on what this beautiful country should do, but I am a transplanted American who has only been here for a couple weeks.

I am adding three polls here to understand others thoughts, opinions, and ideas. There will be one for non-Puerto Ricans, one for Puerto Ricans living in the United States or another country, and one for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. Below the hub will be a comment section to explain your reasoning. Please use common sense and respect other people's opinions. Remember, you will never change an opinion by trying to force your opinion down another person's throat.

After these polls, I will explain what I know, what I have seen, and how Puerto Rico arrived where it is today. I will then explain my opinion.

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Should Puerto Rico Become a State Or a Nation?

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For Puerto Ricans Not In Puerto Rico

Should Puerto Rico Become A State Or A Nation?

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For Puerto Ricans In Puerto Rico

Should Puerto Rico Become A State Or A Nation?

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Puerto Rican History

Puerto Rico originally was inhabited by Indians. From what I have seen, the Indians who lived here were probably quite comfortable. The country grows many fruits and vegetables. Bamboo is prevalent and could be used to build shelters.

From my studies, the main Indians to inhabit Puerto Rico were the Taino Indians. The Taino's were very intelligent and their tribes had 3 classes; the working class, the noble class, and of course, the Chief. They were strong with agriculture and fishing and the buildings they lived in were strong enough to resist hurricanes. The crops they raised were used for personal consumption and some trading.

The Taino's downfall was Spain and Ponce De Leon. Disease from the Europeans all but wiped out the Taino Indians.

Spain controlled Puerto Rico until 1898 when during the Spanish-American war, the United States took control. Struggles and fights by the citizens of Puerto Rico with the United States forced first the Foraker Act of 1900 which established a civil government. The Jones Act in 1917 made Puerto Rican citizens of the United States which made way for a Constitution for Puerto Rico. Democratic elections started in 1952. Many still believe elections here are "fixed" and the United States has total control.

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My Opinion

First, I believe that with proper leadership and manpower willing to work, Puerto Rico could sustain itself quite easily. As we travel the countryside I see livestock being raised such as chickens, cattle, sheep, etc... Puerto Rico has a wide variety of crops; sugar, coconuts, bananas, plantains, coffee, mango, almonds, and many more.

As I think back to my shopping in stores in the St. Louis area, I rarely saw any items from Puerto Rico. The coffee I have tasted is some of the best I have ever tasted. Bananas grown within walking distance of where I live taste better than any I have bought in grocery stores in the United States.

Why is it the sugar plants are all closed? Could it be, the United States has created conditions here much like what the United States is? Paying farmers to leave their land empty of crops? Giving food stamps and welfare and creating a socialist atmosphere?

Mankind needs to work and sustain itself. We cannot live off a government forever.

My opinion Puerto Rico is: create a military to protect your borders. Kick out the F.B.I. and United States bureaucracy.

The United States is on a downward spiral and Puerto Rico doesn't deserve to fall with them. Yes, you are small, but you have so much going for you.

Kick the crooks out of your government; I believe there are many in there now. Reopen the sugar plants; start exporting the crops and put your people to work.

Police brutality has been an issue here; arrest and prosecute those who think their badge and gun is a license to do what they want.

There are many Christians here in Puerto Rico; we as Christians should be the first to show how it is. Let's show how to walk away from drugs, from alcohol, from perversion. If we put Jesus Christ first, only good will follow.

No matter what you decide citizens of Puerto Rico, just know I am praying and asking God what I can do. For those that are trying to destroy or hurt this country or inhabitants, know that God has me here for a reason. I am not scared as many are. God has a plan for this tiny country. A country that is part of God's great plan; I know that this is true because why would the Devil's triangle be so near? Through my days and studying God's Word, He has shown me that Satan's battles lie always near where God has a strong foothold.

God has a plan for Puerto Rico and I am proud to live here!

Dios bendiga a Puerto Rico!


AN UPDATE

The country did vote to become a State. The United States is him hawing around in making it happen. C'mon Obama and Congress.

© G.L. Boudonck

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

I think that it would be a shame for Puerto Rico to fall deeper into the hands of the crooks who are running the States. They have nearly destroyed the U.S. and soon may do so.

Keep your agriculture and your way of living or better yet, make it better get rid of the crooks who have already started getting their greedy hands on your land. +


Betty Ruiz 5 years ago

It's a very idealistic way of putting it, Froggy... Puerto Rico is, indeed, a country worth considering. Its natural resources should be a means of self sustainment... but only if it's to a smaller scale, not if it's going to depend on it as a way of maintaining a Republic. One thing that should be considered: agriculture in general (land management, plant growers, crop pickers), Puerto Ricans who worked in coffee and sugarcane fields died with the century... long years of begging for food and/or starvation will pass before someone decides to prop a basket on their shoulder and start picking coffee beans or learns to maneuver a "machete" and begin laboring. Then there's the opportunistic politician... the industrial exploiter... the criminal controller... the real third world environment. Another and very important reason to consider is the weather in Puerto Rico. Crops are damaged when there's too much rain or drought and it's just as unpredictable... floods can cause loss of a whole year's worth of work... How is it possible to keep a country up to date, depending on agriculture alone, without falling behind on financial debts and overdue payments to other governmental institutions, if something happens to the country like a hurricane or floods? Who and with what money will build a touristic empire? Where will PR find professionals willing to work for free the first 10 years or so while the country recuperates from its newly gained responsibilities and debts? What about education, medical plans, military defenses, Federal programs that do help, etc... etc... etc...??? To the outsider, Puerto Rico is a paradise... sure, it's beautiful, but to the islander, Puerto Rico is plagued with all sorts of problems... a catastrophe waiting to explode!


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MOEFLATS 5 years ago

It's nice to be able to visit countries with their own take on how a government ought to be run. I've iced something here in the U.S. (and I've been almost EVERYWHERE): There is a homogenization of speech-patterns, a loss of quaint regional social-patterns and a blandness that I find quite boring. I like cultural differences, less control. To Annex them would ultimately lead to less cultural diversity in the long run. May they become a nation unto themselves, just to keep things a little less DULL.


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MOEFLATS 5 years ago

Noticed, not "iced".


Maria Ruiz 5 years ago

This is a real tough one...the balance is really balanced the three ways...state, nation and just like it is a commonwealth. When you measure consequences of them 3 you would say let it the way it is. Thanks again for your inspiration in my wonderful land Puerto Rico. God bless your talent.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

My love, I also believe staying a commonwealth would be best, but I doubt the U.S. thugs will allow it.

I pray for this wonderful country and because I live here now, I will fight for what is right here.

We must pray and seek God first and foremost and may His will be done!


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MOEFLATS 5 years ago

Here's another good reason NOT to become a state: over here, people are being brainwashed using microwave-based, subliminal messages. It sounds like a ringing in your ears, but it makes you feel:confused, frightened and mentally "not right". The government does NOTHING about it. People that are brainwashed are not themselves. Some look more like robots: too-perfect-and-missing-something. It's like a technologically-spread mental disease.

Should you be annexed, you will soon experience: "ringing in the ears", hyperacusis (overly-sensitive hearing), clicks and popping noises from within your dwelling combined with an "electrical-shock-feeling" to make you startle or "jump" and being made to feel sexually-violated by electronically-produced sensations with vivid subliminal thoughts. These thoughts often involve homosexual thoughts(the secret organization claiming to represent organized homosexuality known as "The Family" may or may not be responsible for this). The government will not listen to you, the press will not listen to you and the police won't help you, either.

If you ARE annexed, you will need to learn to protect yourself from this "psychological warfare" and Electronic Harassment. My counter-measures will allow you to live the closest thing to a normal life in such a hostile environment. These aren't just thugs, they are the Plague of the 21st century. If your country hasn't been "invaded" already, I'd fight annexation like I was fighting off the Nazis. Once they get established, it makes Orwell's book "1984" look like a better place.

To see what it's like to live in the US these days, look up the search-words: "Gangstalking", "Electronic Harassment", "Brainwashing" and "Mind-control". We were once a FREE COUNTRY, now we are a "Kingdom of Fear". Unless you want to live in fear, lose your job for no reason or get brainwashed, VIGOROUSLY OPPOSE ANNEXATION!


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JazlynZaheed 4 years ago from U.K.

As for the police brutality, its unfortunate that won't change if PR becomes a state. Occupy Wall Street is a perfect example. I'm sorry for your wishes on that..Truely.. As for PR becomeing a state in general..I oppose to American Imperialism, they tend to f*ck over a country that they set their military's feet on. Ex. Afghan, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Libya, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Colombia, Germany, Djibouti, Uganda, Liberia, Congo, Yugoslavia/Serbia, Burma, France, Russia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Israel, Yemen, Indonesia, Guatemala, Korea, and Sudan.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"Giving food stamps and welfare and creating a socialist atmosphere?" lol I can smell Red or Republican. Having some sort of help for those going through problems for a while, is not something bad in my mind.

"create a military to protect your borders" - Yes, feed the Military Industrial Complex. That's what this world needs, more bombs. Here's a message many people missed I think from President Eisenhower (very short); I heed this little speach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

"Kick out the F.B.I. and United States bureaucracy. " - This I agree with. : )

"Kick the crooks out of your government" - I think we all have to do this world-wide. There is corruption here in Canada, there is corruption in Spain, Great Britain, Greece, India ... it's like corruption infected the whole world ... pretty crazy in my opinion:. All kinds of crooks grabed hold of power within governments and those politicians who are supposed to represent us, only listen to the lobbyists who write checks ... our governments have been hijacked quite a while ago. We are just feeling the effects now.

"Police brutality has been an issue here; arrest and prosecute those who think their badge and gun is a license to do what they want." - The United States government has been setting up, through FEMA many concentration sort of "camps" in the past year for those who will dissent.

"God has a plan for this tiny country" - That's what the European colonizers probably said when they first landed on Turtle Island (North America), just before they started the genocide on the Native American people. The sound of that sentence disturbed me (even though, I know You did not mean it that way), sorry.

Interesting read on this one. All the best!


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks for the read Mr Happy; your comments are always quite enlightening!

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