A Sad Day for Puerto Rico

Nov.5, 2008

I think that this is a sad day indeed after having watched the results of our local elections. I had expected that something like this would take place as the island was faced with the on-going disgrace of the governor facing charges of corruption by the federal system. Obviously the people did not want him back and were left with the choice of bringing in the PNP. The other two parties would never be able to bring in the needed votes to put them in power and hence we are stuck with the PNP! However, their victory will be a hollow one since the Democrats are now in power in the U.S. as well as in the White House.
It is sad to see that the people here have not learned the dangers of a republican government as has the U.S. which has been under their rule for the past eight years during which the economy has been devastated, not to mention the thousands of lost jobs, homes, pensions, 401 k’s, etc., etc. Well, tighten your belts people because that devastation is what awaits us! If you think that the incoming administration is going to bring prosperity to this island then you are dead wrong and we may well be on the verge of a Caribbean style Freudian Nightmare.
While I celebrate the victory of the 44th President Barack Obama I feel saddened for what is to come for the island with this new Republican administration that has been voted in here on the island.
This is a sad day indeed for Puerto Rico. As for those who are in doubt you have but to see the results in Hawaiian History.

To Be Continued…

What Can We Expect?

Nov.6, 2008

We must bear in mind that this is the party responsible for the oppression of the Independence Party and movement here on the island. Remember that it was under their rule under Governor Carlos Romero Barcelo that the infamous Cerro Maravilla Murders took place. The incident and subsequent events have become one of the most controversial moments in Puerto Rico’s political history. The event is often referred to by local independence activists as an example of political oppression against the Puerto Rican independence movement. To this date, most public figures, including those which were not involved in the case, rarely comment on the incident. Although reluctant, the Governor of Puerto Rico at the time Carlos Romero Barceló ordered the local Justice Department to launch various investigations, and asked the FBI and the US Justice Department to aid in such investigations, which concluded that there was no wrongdoing on the officer’s part. Make a note of that:

The FBI and the US Justice Department aided in the investigations, and concluded that there was no wrongdoing on the officer’s part.

If that was the case then why was it that the local opposing political party launched its own inquiries, new evidence and witness testimonies uncovered gross negligence and murder on the officers’ part, as well as the possibility of a local and federal cover-up. Local trials were held, and a total of 10 officers were convicted of various crimes. Right away that makes you wonder as to the role of the FBI and the Justice Department and their connection with the ruling party which was the PNP! What took place between them and the Governor? It took a local trial to bring the truth to light. You can read more about the incident here:The Cerro Maravilla Incident

Through its return to power we will again be faced with a revised oppression of this party and any others who do not agree with its ideology who’s ultimate goal is turning Puerto Rico into the 51 state which is something that not everyone wants contrary to what they ( PNP ) might say. Bear in mind that what we are talking of is the islands Right Wing which, if it wanted, can prevail on the FBI, Justice Department, the NSA and the CIA for their services. We have only to look at the history of the latter, the CIA in Latin American affairs to see what they did and are capable of. Here are just a few:

1969
Uruguay
— The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice. “The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect,” is his motto. The torture techniques he teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis’. He eventually becomes so feared that revolutionaries will kidnap and murder him a year later.
1971
Bolivia
— After half a decade of CIA-inspired political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist President Juan Torres. In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over 2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and executed.
Haiti — “Papa Doc” Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son “Baby Doc” Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.

1973
Chile
— The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader. The problems begin when Allende nationalizes American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million for a coup (reportedly refused). The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.

These are but a handful of examples showing their involvement in Latin Affairs. For a more detailed list go here: CIA Timeline

To Be Continued…

The PNP take-over

Nov. 12, 2008
I recently read an article in the Claridad where they speak of the increase in the registered voters in the PNP, the New Progressive Party ( Republican ) which has been reflected in the recent elections for governor this past Nov. 4, 2008 where Luis Fortuño won.
The reason for this is that there has been an increased influx of stateside born Puerto Ricans, many of which were born and raised there and have little if any connection with their own culture. Ask yourself this, “ Why are they leaving the states?” Many will speak of the racism that exist there. Many will say they are looking for better jobs. Why they would think that better jobs exist here is beyond me. Many will site purchasing a home. That is one of the true statements that I can identify with. Many would not have been able to purchase a home back in the states, at least not in a nice neighborhood and that is due to the prevailing racism, that to this day still exist. I know that in these times many will point to the election of the first black president in U.S. history but don’t be fooled by that. Barack Obama won because he was the last hope of the real people, the workers, who have been abused by the last eight years of Republican rule under the Bush administration.
This is why there has been an increase in the local right wing Republican party ( PNP ). Many of these individuals felt they can have their island and keep it Puerto Rican in every respect when in fact that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Does anyone really think that the Puerto Ricans will be left to govern themselves should the island become a state? BY NO MEANS is the answer. Oh they will maintain some sort of puppet government to appease the people and skeptics but the true seat of power will be in the states and eventually they will slip into their seats of power here and make the final transitional take-over.
You have only to look at the history of Hawaii to see what awaits us. Anyone that has lived there knows that the Hawaiian culture is rapidly disappearing and the ones that govern are the stateside representatives with a few Hawaiians as figure heads.
Anyone who has studied political science or history can see what is happening here. That is one of the disadvantages that the local people have, they are not properly informed as to the consequences of statehood. You might want to look at the battle that still persist to this day in Alaska where they had a similar decision confront them. The Alaskan Independence Party’s goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four choices:

  1. Remain a Territory.
  2. Become a separate and Independent Nation.
  3. Accept Commonwealth status.
  4. Become a State.

Party Sound familiar?
In their case I believe that statehood prevailed at that time because of big business interest and influence especially in regards to oil.

As I had mentioned above the local people are not truly aware of the struggles that are currently going on against statehood in other parts such as Hawaii. You can check this out: Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement.
Hawaiian culture has suffered greatly because of statehood. There are in fact very few indigenous Hawaiians left. Throughout the decades Hawaii has been taken over by stateside commercial interest. Many of the Hawaiians that still exist live in impoverished conditions and have little if any say in their own government. So much for the benefits of statehood!
There are literally hundreds of arguments that are still raging as to the pros and cons of statehood and I dare say they will continue under the issue is decided one way or another.
One thought that I will close with is this, you never appreciate what you have until you lose it! Bear that in mind!

Nov.14,2008

What caused the recession in Puerto Rico?

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4 Responses to “A Sad Day for Puerto Rico”

  1. Rand Says:

    Wow, what a sad and hopeless post. Hopefully we will not have politicians as pessimistic.

  2. elbohemio Says:

    Pessimistic! Have you checked out Puerto Rican politics for the past few decades? I can’t say its exactly the Jewel of the Caribbean!!! I believe there are only two other Caribbean islands that out rank it in corruption, The Dominican Republic and Haiti.
    Being from Dallas in a republican state I don’t expect you to understand. In fact I don’t expect any republican to understand the plight of the island.
    El Bohemio

  3. Anito Says:

    I feel for you. The Philippines has long been an independent NATION. But USA has never ceased to exert power over our land. ALLIANCE MEANS FRIENDSHIP NOT MASTER-SERVANT-RELATIONSHIP… nevertheless USA has continued to force its usually unfair policies to its so called “alliance” in expense of the natives.

    Take for example the visiting forces agreement. GOD, WE CANT EVEN JAIL A CONVICTED RAPIST-slash-AMERICAN SOLDIER IN OUR OWN SOIL.

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