In a passionate and fiery speech this week, Rep. Luis Gutierrez accused the Republican-controlled congress of acting “exactly like King George III” in their treatment of Puerto Rico.
Gutierrez stood on the congressional floor beside a four-foot portrait of King George III, and referred to him continually as the model for the current-day US congress. Here is a video of Rep. Gutierrez’s entire speech…
Gutierrez drew direct comparisons between the British Empire, their abuse of the 13 colonies, and the treatment of Puerto Rico today. He signaled the looming Financial Control Board as “a new level of colonial rule” on behalf of a Wall Street elite. “The fat cats know that their Maseratis and yachts are safe…even if Puerto Rican school buses, hospitals and roads fall further into disrepair.”
King George III would be proud, says Rep. Gutierrez
Gutierrez called upon his congressional colleagues to reject the Financial Control Board, and to pursue a more comprehensive solution: one which allows the development of an indigenous, and sustainable, private sector economy in Puerto Rico.
“It’s all about jobs,” said the congressman.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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