The Governor of Puerto Rico recently filed papers with the United Nations which complain of a “shift” in the US position toward Puerto Rico.
According to Gov. Garcia Padilla, the US, suddenly and without warning, now considers Puerto Rico as its territorial possession…in other words, a colony.
The governor was shocked at this “shift” in US policy. He drafted a highly agitated letter, which was delivered to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
This “shock” by Gov. Garcia Padilla is quite comical.
It reminds us of the moment in Casablanca, when Claude Rains shouts to Humphrey Bogart: “I am shocked…shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
For the more classically inclined, it also reminds us of Hamlet, when Queen Gertrude proclaims: “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
THE LADY DOTH PROTEST
Indeed, the lady doth protest too much.
It is difficult to take Gov. Garcia Padilla’s “shock” very seriously. The US Congress has been treating this governor like an errand boy, since the day he took office.
Wall Street is telling him what to do, when to jump, and how high.
A Financial Control Board – which he himself recommended in his own “economic development plan” – is about to take over his entire government.
Even José Trías Monge – the legal advisor to Luis Muñoz Marín, Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, principal architect of the Commonwealth status, and draftsman of the Puerto Rican constitution – concluded his career with this book:
Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World (Yale University Press, 1997).
Unfortunately for Gov. Garcia Padilla, there has been no “shift” in the US position. From 1898 until today, Puerto Rico has remained an “unincorporated territory” of the United States.
From 1898 until today, the US Congress has retained plenary jurisdiction over the entire government of Puerto Rico: the US can veto or ignore any “law” that Puerto Rico passes, due to the territorial and supremacy clauses of the US constitution.
ARTICLE IV, CLAUSE 3, SECTION 2 (The Territorial Clause):
“Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.”
ARTICLE VI, CLAUSE 2, SECTION 2 (The Supremacy Clause):
“This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land.”
THE U.S. HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSISTENT
In other words, according to the US constitution, Puerto Rico is a territory of the US. It belongs to the US, as a piece of property. The law of the US is the supreme law of Puerto Rico.
The so-called “Commonwealth” never changed any of this.
65 YEARS OF LIES
This “Commonwealth” arrangement was a lie. It enabled Luis Muñoz Marín, and 65 years of corrupt politicians, to get elected over and over in Puerto Rico.
Those corrupt politicians sold a MYTH to Puerto Rico, that only now is beginning to unravel.
For 65 years, the PPD sold a “commonwealth” that never existed.
For 65 years, the PNP sold a “statehood” that never arrived.
And now, after 65 years of selling, the game is finally over.
There has been no “shift” in US policy. That policy is written in black and white, in the US constitution.
It was always there, in plain view, for everyone to read. It has never changed, not one word of it.
Since 1898, Puerto Rico has always been…a US colony.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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