especially when you seem to lack a deep understanding on your own country - of which Puerto Rico is a part of. This doesn't matter - many territories met similarresistance too and had enemies with similar opinions. Soon, when we achieve thenecessary votes to knock on Congress' doors demanding full equality - well, then I'msure you'll head will explode. Me? I'll be there waving my new 51 star American flag.E Pluribus Unum. God bless my country and all its people, no matter how differentthey are racially or culturally - and God bless even you Mr. Krikorian.Julio Figueroa NunezUSAF VeteranCayey, Puerto Rico
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Mark is totally correct. Puerto Rico is a nation that is occupied by the US since 1898,first as a colonial regime and since 1952 under a neo colonial status called FreeAssociated State (a self governing unincorporated 'territory' that is not sovereign).Puerto Ricans have over 500 years of history and have been victims of colonialism(just like Ireland and India)because the US decided that the island was going to be amilitary outpost, the US gave Cuba allowed Cuba and Cubans to be free but deniedthis to Cuba's sister island: Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. If you read Puerto Rico'shistory (which is ignored by the majority of Americans) from 1898 until the 1950's isa history of resistance, of cultural and political resistance against colonialdomination, this resistance lead to the nationalist revolution in the 1930's and1940's: Puerto Ricans refused to learn english, refused to have their culture andidentity destroyed and challenged american domination of their homeland. The USgave up, the annexation plan was a failure and Puerto Rico was not going to becomeHawaii part 2. So what happened? The US needed a military outpost and was notgoing to let Puerto Rico go: they invented the Free Associated State, self governingwith it's own constitution (ratified by the people of Puerto Rico in 1952), Puerto Ricowas taken out of the Non-self governing nations at the United Nations (1953). PuertoRico has it's own national flag (same as the Cuban flag but inverted colors, showsthat both islands are sister islands), a national anthem called 'La Borinquena' andhave their own national olympic team and international representation as a nation(Puerto Rico defeated the US basketball dream team during 2004 Olympics inAthens).The US gov. also recognizes that Puerto Ricans are a different nationality that have astatutory US citizenship.So yes, Mark is correct and knows very well what he is talking about, the Puerto Ricoambassador in the US congress (Resident Commisioner)belongs to the pro USstatehood party which is trying to sell the statehood option to the Republican andDemocrat party by cheaply denying Puerto Rico's national identity and history (which is the biggest roadblock for the US statehood movement in Congress, thefunny thing is that this same ambassador when talks to puerto ricans in Puerto Ricotalks about the island as the 'patria' which means fatherland in spanish. It is all toofunny and sad at the same time.
03/02/11 16:18LinkReport Abuse
And yes I understand what is meant by the term. I emphatically reject the objectiveof it's subtle implication, i.e. uncritical immigration policy.
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The United States is not now, nor has it ever been a nation of immigrants. Since thefounding, most of the people in this country have been native born.
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During the time that the Philippines was a territory of the U.S. it was not a foreignnation. Its governance - even to the extent it had "self-governance" - was solely aproduct of US law. We didn't make The Philippines a state not because it was a"nation" (we can readily admit a "nation" as a state - ask any Texan or Vermonter) -but because we didn't want to. (Plenty of reasons why we didn't want to but if we'dwanted to - and had been willing to put down a likely second insurrection - we couldhave.)Puerto Rico - like all other current and former US territories and the District of Columbia - is exactly the same. Congress could constitutionally enact a law
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