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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