Pres. Trump recently tweeted that the UN is “just a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time.” Trump also stated that “as to the UN, things will be different after January 20th.” Now in early January, a bill was submitted to congress…which would pull the US out of the UN.
This raises two questions: is the US preparing to withdraw from the UN? And what would this mean for Puerto Rico?
THE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY ACT OF 2017
The congressional bill to withdraw from the UN, HR 193, is known as the American Sovereignty Act of 2017.
It is sponsored by a group of southern GOP congressmen from Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Florida.
The bill is nothing new – in fact, this same bill has been submitted to congress every year, for the past 20 years. It has never come close to passage, and it is unlikely to receive enough support in 2017, either.
But that is not the point of this American Sovereignty Act.
The 2017 Sovereignty Act – the mere filing of it – signals a pending US retrenchment from the world community. Trump is creating elbow room, positioning himself and his government as a lone wolf.
This “elbow room” is necessary for the Trump brand.
Donald Trump did not play well with other children…and now as an adult…Trump does not play well with other heads of state. He wants to tell them when to jump and how high. And if they don’t do it, they’re fired.
In other words, chaos is Donald Trump’s friend. Chaos will offer Trump the opportunity to surprise and intimidate other world leaders. And so Trump will create…chaos.
It worked for him throughout his business career. It worked for him as a political candidate. Now he’ll do it as President.
HURRICANE DONALD HITS PUERTO RICO
If Trump continues to ridicule and subordinate the role of the UN, it will place Puerto Rico in a more difficult position, with regard to demanding its independence.
Whether or not the US secedes from the UN will be immaterial…because if Trump refuses to recognize the authority – or even the moral relevance – of the UN, then as President of the US, Trump will simply ignore anything the UN says with respect to Puerto Rico.
Pres. Trump will simply point to the Sanchez Valle and Franklin Trust cases, and invoke the Supremacy and Territorial Clauses of the US constitution.
He will play the “strict constructionist,” even as he violates the First Amendment and Equal Protection rights of half the nation.
In keeping with his America First philosophy, Trump will tell Puerto Rico to “stay in its place.”
He will back the Financial Control Board to the hilt, and after dozens of “Public Private Partnerships” have consumed Puerto Rico…
The island will look like Hurricane Donald blew right through it.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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