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Sluggish recovery from Hurricane Maria reignites calls for Puerto Rico’s statehood, independence
Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2018 | Arelis Hernández

Posted on 04/29/2018 5:18:00 AM PDT by C19fan

Ernesto Davila Marin was in elementary school when rebellion interrupted class. As he left the schoolhouse that October day, black smoke rose from the town center where nationalists had set Jayuya ablaze, shooting police officers and declaring the independent republic of Puerto Rico from a rooftop. In the struggle for sovereignty from American colonial rule, Puerto Rican independence fighters staged uprisings in nearly a dozen cities that day in 1950 and later attempted to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. They held the central mountain city for three days until U.S. Air Force bombers buzzed over the emerald peaks packed with payloads.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 1950; 51ststate; assassination; assassinationplots; faln; harrystruman; independence; nationalism; puerto; puertorico; territory; truman
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To: C19fan

We can thank Teddy Roosevelt for this. Congress divested all the spoils of the Spanish American War, but he insisted we keep Puerto Rico.

21 posted on 04/29/2018 5:48:20 AM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: C19fan

I believe that Puerto Rico could be a great state. I believe the governor is Republican, so don’t judge. However, if we make it into an independent nation, we might have China as a neighbor.

22 posted on 04/29/2018 5:52:18 AM PDT by ConservaTeen (Islam is Not the Religion of Peace, but The religion of Pedophilia...)
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To: FrankR
We were advised by the hotel to NOT leave the grounds by yourself.

And don't wear jewelry if you do leave the grounds.
Especially rings unless you want to lose a finger.

And don't walk the beach at night, even in groups.

And don't flash money.

23 posted on 04/29/2018 5:55:05 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The art of government is to take money from one to give to another - Voltaire)
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To: C19fan

I’m all for P.R. to become their own country, and be away from us.

They come over here flying their flag, speaking their language, and even in the military they do this.

Get rid of them, and tell the ones here they have to go back to their own country, their country which they love so much.

24 posted on 04/29/2018 6:02:18 AM PDT by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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To: jmaroneps37
Puerto Rico was a mess before the hurricane and they will continue to be a mess.

Their problems are self-inflicted.

They don't deserve statehood until they can show they can take care of their own business.

Wanting a handout from Uncle Sam is not reason enough for statehood. We have enough of these failed states within our own borders now. Why would we reward failure and force the taxpayers to foot the bill?

We don't need another democRAT state with liberal leaders who do not know what they are doing.

25 posted on 04/29/2018 6:03:24 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: tenthirteen

“but he insisted we keep Puerto Rico.”

And there is the answer...make it now a late day purge. Or give it back to Spain. We can be magnanimous and toss in the upper east side of NYC too.

26 posted on 04/29/2018 6:05:15 AM PDT by Mouton (The MSM is a clear and present danger to the republic.)
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To: C19fan

It’s time for the United States to cut ties with them.... Let the Spaniards have them back.

27 posted on 04/29/2018 6:16:02 AM PDT by jerod (Nazi's were essentially Socialist in Hugo Boss uniforms... Get over it!)
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To: jerod

Actually... Give the Spaniards California too.

28 posted on 04/29/2018 6:17:12 AM PDT by jerod (Nazi's were essentially Socialist in Hugo Boss uniforms... Get over it!)
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To: ConservaTeen

Puerto Rico is a purple leaning blue area, no different than Illinois or New Jersey that have had Republican governors often, and Republican congress critters in some districts.

Historically the Puerto Rican Republicans were Rockefeller Republicans. But the most recent Republican governor was a Steve Forbes, Club for Growth type on economic issues and pro life, pro 2d amendment on social issues.

In other words, if Republicans would not write off purple areas in both Puerto Rico and in the Continental US, the Republicans would be better off. There are good people in purple areas.... and in blue areas.

Certainly Trump taught us that and we should learn the lesson Trump taught us.

29 posted on 04/29/2018 6:20:04 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: C19fan

Cut ‘em loose!

The only way the country can survive another left-wing socialist, failed state would be for California to secede or be kicked out first.

30 posted on 04/29/2018 6:21:51 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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To: SMGFan

Bingo! Id sure like to see it all go away though. The whole mess of that crummy little island. It has always been more trouble than worth.

31 posted on 04/29/2018 6:28:27 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (It feels like we have exchanged our dreams for survival. We just have a few days that don't suck.)
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To: C19fan

LOL, Puerto Rico can go free and become rich. Open it’s naval bases/ harbor to the Chinese and the Russians, maybe even Iran. Of course that would eventually lead to a take over via immigration of the guests. Far fetched, the Monroe Doctrine with Trump will be enforced but with jelly fish backbone of of a Lib President it could happen??? I could see a typical Latin American dictatorship coming to power in PR. Maybe the Clinton Foundation can help them improve their economy. (”Their” = PR not the Clintons)

32 posted on 04/29/2018 6:35:56 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Damn Tag line, fouled up again, thanks cursor.)
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To: ealgeone

Let Puerto Rico become its own country and not another state.

33 posted on 04/29/2018 6:44:30 AM PDT by MGunny
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To: MGunny
Hear, hear. The only reason why theyou want statehood is because they are a failed, totally corrupt and bankrupt state and they want American taxpayers to financially bail them out, rebuild the hell hole they have made out of the place and go on welfare, all at OUR EXPENSE.

Sorry, we're all out of money and sympathy.

34 posted on 04/29/2018 6:51:08 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord God Almighty, deliver us from this evil in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.)
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To: Iron Munro

We should give them back to Spain. “Sorry, that whole war thing was a big misunderstanding, have your island back!”

35 posted on 04/29/2018 6:53:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Put more simply, independent P.R. would be quickly glommed by the Cubans, not unwelcome to most PR’s who regard communist Cuba as a counter to U.S. influence in the Caribbean.

Let the PR’s enjoy the wonderful socialist lifestyle of the Castro bro’s paradise. Cut ‘em loose!

36 posted on 04/29/2018 6:56:06 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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To: C19fan

Independence ... what possible benefit would there be in making it the 51st state.

37 posted on 04/29/2018 6:56:38 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (#DeplorableMe #BitterClinger #HillNO! #cishet #MyPresident #MAGA #Winning #covfefe)
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To: C19fan

Another reason holding PR back is over-reliance on digital currency and electronic systems in general. If people had cash and precious metals, we would have seen more money velocity which means more economic activity for reconstruction.

38 posted on 04/29/2018 7:38:08 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Abolish administrative law. It's regressive, medieval and unconstitutional!)
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To: Yorlik803

This. I really don’t give a rat’s patootie about PR. Kick them loose and let them try and survive on their own. At this point they’re just a welfare state that we can no longer afford.

39 posted on 04/29/2018 7:49:05 AM PDT by sheana
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To: C19fan

We don’t need a 51st state. Gotta split up California and New York first.

40 posted on 04/29/2018 8:12:38 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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