For the past 63 years, the US claimed that Puerto Rico is a “Commonwealth,” a “self-governing” territory, and a “free associated state” with the US. But a series of events in 2016, have proven that all of this was a lie.
The White House, US Congress, and US Supreme Court – all three branches of the federal government – declared that Puerto Rico is a territorial possession of the US. In other words…a colony.
A CONVENIENT HISTORY
The “Commonwealth” of Puerto Rico was a great political convenience…for the US. In 1953, the US declared that Puerto Rico had achieved “self-determination” and “political sovereignty” through their new Commonwealth relationship with the US. The United Nations then removed Puerto Rico from the list of countries that were overdue for de-colonization.
This was tremendously convenient: because in 1953, during the height of the Cold War, the US could not be the “leader of the Free World” if it owned a classic colony in the Caribbean.
THE TRUTH COMES OUT
In both cases the Obama administration argued, and the US Supreme Court agreed, that Puerto Rico is a territorial possession of the US: with no legislative, juridical, or political sovereignty whatsoever. In the same week that Sanchez Valle was decided, the US Congress passed the PROMESA bill to impose a Financial Control Board over Puerto Rico, and manage its entire economy.
Thus in 2016, all three branches of the US federal government declared that Puerto Rico is a property of the US…a colony.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Given this open declaration from the entire US government, the next governor of Puerto Rico should appear before the UN and invoke Resolution 1514 (XV), which stipulates the right to self-determination of every nation, and the right to reject a colonial relationship.
Every interest group in Puerto Rico – unions, teachers, lawyers, college students – should join in this effort.
Every journalist – on the island and the mainland – can draw attention to it.
Who knows? Maybe even a few “celebrities” could descend from their throne, stop selling records and movies and clothing for a few minutes, and actually do something for the island that fills their pockets.
The “Commonwealth” of Puerto Rico is dead.
What happens next can be greatly determined, by Puerto Ricans themselves.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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