Thirty-five years ago Rubén Berríos, the president of the Independence Party of Puerto Rico (PIP) shocked a lot of people. He declared that the two major parties in Puerto Rico (PPD and PNP) were a complete fraud…because all their campaigns, and all their candidates, were based on whether or not Puerto Rico should be the 51st state of the United States.
But both parties knew that statehood was a practical impossibility…in other words, both the PPD and PNP were lying to the Puerto Rican people, with a fake issue, in order to get elected.
In the words of La Lupe, it was all “Puro Teatro.”
Rubén Berríos was right.
The “statehood question” is often used by people with no qualifications, political program or personal ethics, in order to get elected and put their entire family on the government payroll.
This is part of the reason that Puerto Rico has 78 mayors, and a $73 billion public debt.
Here is that original speech from Rubén Berríos, as given in 1980:
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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Ua es tiempo de que los que tienen la pesadilla de la estadidad, despierten de esa y se den cuenta que ya Puerto Rico en nada le vale a los EU. En el pasado nos utilizaron para enriquecerse y nos tomaron como un punto politico estrategico y por medio de esos puntos se llenaban el bolsillo entrenando a paises de America Latina para que lucharan encontra de sus propios gobierno y le facturaban sobre 50 millones.
Como siempre e mencionado…se mueren y no veran nunca la dichosa mentira de la estadidad.
We are finally on the precipice where we drown or take the leap of faith. Boriken should belong to us and only us. The people, not the corporate powers, should determine our destiny. I am in favor of an Independent Island. if the majority would favor sovereignty, we would not just gain back our dignity but, be free to determine our cultural and economic destiny.
Puerto Rico Fifty First State.. No pride what so ever is it that. I have said it years ago but why be considered if allowed to be a Governor! no be powerful that being presidential.It sounds great the President of Puerto Rico.The time has come let us be Hispanic be definitive his panic!
the u.s are bullys liars culture stealers bigots raciast and the most evil country on planet earth. In God We Trust. is one of the worse sins that the white race has committed.because the sick the poor and black and brown are suffering because of it. and many many lives were taking because of it. the u.s is being punished by lord for being evil and hateful . america claims that they are christians . but let me say this no one who lets the sick children and poor suffer are no people of god. religon is a fraud. is was created by white slave masters to poison the slaves into thinking that God made them superior to none . but as you can see america is fading . white america know that now they must answer to the King . there scared ther paranoyd they wanna carry guns. i thought this was the home of the brave. america is in panic mode. and called in fear of a black and brown planet.
Us puertoricans need only research Hawaii, …before and after statehood. All in all Puerto Rico, Hawaii and, others places like Guam and Alaska, are just secured overseas sale-points or closed markets, see Jones Act of 1917, with some make-believe U.S. Congress-made market laws to “promote” the poor islands economy like Section 936 no longer existent and without it, …made U.S. Corporations fade away from Puerto Rico. With no opportunity for Puerto Rico to participate with the rest of the Global markets and jet loads of entire professional families forced to move to the Mainland to seek their lost professions in the island of Puerto Rico in any other of the 50 states. Interestingly, …117 years later the statehood lie is falling off. Puerto Rico is just a forced-and-closed market for the U.S., … too sad they (U.S.) won’t let Puerto Rico be its own. Meanwhile, the rest of the World have evolutioned beyond the Jones Act, and the misused term “Commonwealth”. Commonwealth is starting to sound like ” old communism”. Jones Act -https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Marine_Act_of_1920, Section 936 – http://pmrb.net/blog/2010/06/15/¿quien-asesino-a-la-seccion-936/
my portion of wisdom ….without political stands
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“But both parties knew that statehood was a practical impossibility…in other words, both the PPD and PNP were lying to the Puerto Rican people, with a fake issue, in order to get elected.” … and, to this day, the continue to lie!!! SMH ….
Ruben was so right! From the very beginning it was clear that the USA sought to expand its territory during its empire building period. Puerto Rico, along with many other non-Anglo-Saxon island territories, both populated and unpopulated, were taken over, bought or stolen as a result of reparations of war. They became possessions of the United States but not part of the United States, that is, non-incorporated territories! It is sad to say but these territories are prized possessions just like jewelry you may own. It belongs to you but it is not part of you. Some would view Puerto Rico as a sacred cow that could be milked dry and now it looks like it is ready for slaughter.
It was clear from the beginning that the US didn’t want to give these territories the wrong notion that they would become incorporated states of the United States of America. Granting citizenship en masse to the Puerto Ricans was highly debated and members of the US congress were afraid that this would send the wrong message to the people of Puerto Rico (that this was a step toward statehood). As of today, Puerto Rico remains an unincorporated territory of the United States with all the plenary powers in the hands of the US Congress. Any and all local laws passed by the Puerto Rican legislature are subject to review, approval, or repeal by the Congress of the United States.
Jose Trias Monge, in his book Puerto Rico: The trials of the oldest colony in the world, cites from the US Congressional Record back in 1917 the comments of Senator Fall: The trouble with the great United States today is that we have among our numbers alien citizens, not true American citizens. You say we are a melting pot for all nations of the earth. Yes sir, and we have had an overdose of it. We have not been able to digest it. Monge adds that Senator Vardamann from Mississppi added: I really had rather they would not become citizens of the United States. I think we have enough of that element in the body politic already to menace the Nation with mongrelization.
It is ironic that now our island country may become the Achilles heel of the American empire because of the current debt crisis. All of the other populated non-incorporated island territories are waiting in the wings to see how our island country is treated. If we are granted something better than we have now, they’ll be asking for more as well.
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NUNCA SEREMOS ESTADO…NUNCA!!!! Cuando vamos a entender. Como quieren que se los digan!!!!!!@
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Ruben Berrios stated in one of his hearing in D.C., that this is nothing but Hocus Pocus, you know as well as l know that these hearings are going no where. You should stop wasting your time as well as my time. But thank you very much for finally letting an Independista express himself vocally.
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