Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Disastrous Job Well Done

There are some things which are difficult to explain. Of those things are the disastrous Puerto Rican status issue and the debates about it. This is an issue that never seems to end on common ground. We could go on longer than any energizer bunny and it always comes to a point of no resolve. The chains that bind continue to do so.

When I am asked why I call the colonial issue a dilemma, I respond frankly with a simple, it is what it is. It is an issue that ends without an ending. It is an issue which has surpassed generations. It is an issue as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

As I read a report entitled, "Only one in four Puerto Ricans working", I thought of another report detailing several polls on the latest go at another plebiscite. The report ends with poll results on the status question. As always is the case, Statehood takes the lead. Statehood (43%), Commonwealth (39%), Independence (7%), no vote (4%), unknown(3%) and no opinion (4%).  Of course, there are always margins in polls. What I would really like to know is the sentiment of the unemployed and those who are barely making it. It's obviuos that this can be broken down into many economic and social situations and the polls will reflect that.

What am I getting at? Well, thanks to Fortuño and his lousy administration there is no need for  terror from forces outside of Puerto Rico. The U.S. has no reason to even hold on to Puerto Rico as it holds no real importance in this day and age. If you think Cuba is reason enough, then you are sorely mistaken. We've seen how easy it is to drop bombs on foreign lands that are thousands of miles away, no threat there. Puerto Rico is merely the bastard child that was invaded over 100 years ago and has become the child that never leaves home. Seems like Fortuño is doing a hell of a job at destroying it as well. From abusing students, academics and lawyers to laying off thousands of workers,  Fortuño has amassed an exceptional record at screwing up. About the only thing he has done for Puerto Rico is push the statehood idea. Outside of that, he has done an excellent job (on his knees, of course) at shining the shoes of those within the Republican and Tea party crowds.

The illness is embedded in the psyche of so many that it is nearly impossible to pull away from the best of both worlds mentality. That illness is dependency.

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