I read a most interesting post this morning right here on WordPress regarding the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and its eventual demise. Here is a short excerpt:
Thoughts from a disappointed nationalist…
The results of the 2008 election in Puerto Rico may have officially signaled the demise of the Puerto Rican independence movement. The Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) garnered a mere 2.0% of the vote. It was the worst showing ever for Puerto Rico’s major independence party. In the 13 general elections and 3 political status plebiscites held since 1960, the independence movement has never surpassed the 6% mark and has averaged a pitiful 3.3% in the three elections held this century.
It goes on to point out some of the reasons the party has failed and how it never achieved the success of movements in Europe and elsewhere. The most striking entry however is the final sentence:
It may be time to finally realize that Puerto Rican independence may be nothing more than a melancholic dream of years past. After nearly a century and half of efforts against Spain and the United States, it may be time to just simply cede to the inevitable, pack up our things and sadly go home. The question is; Where exactly is home now?
An excellent question:
Where exactly is home now?
We may very well be asking this question in the near future if the PNP has its way!
We have only to look around at the various changes that have been taking place on our island, changes that point towards state side models and ask who are these changes for; the benefit of the islanders or for the throngs of state hooders the new administration expects to usher in?
You have only to look at those $400,000.00 homes that seem to be going up like wild grass wherever you look. And what’s with the tons of bronze used on all those new statues that seem to be popping up in the various towns. Isn’t it odd that there was no money to revamp many housing projects yet there was money for statues! Hundreds of residents were moved from local Caserio’s because there were no funds for their repairs yet there certainly were ton’s of money to make new parks for trotters and cyclist. Those who live in Bayamón and Carolina as well as San Juan know what I am talking about. What about that TV commercial pointing our young towards a career in golf? I don’t know but the last time I looked golf was not exactly a local sport! In fact the majority of the people could not even begin to be able to afford getting into the sport. Who’s trying to brainwash who?
I don’t kid myself, I know that Puerto Rico could not exist as an Independent Nation. It would follow the same fate of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, a crushing poverty that can only be equaled by African countries or be swallowed up by some other nation. I won’t even get into the overwhelming corruption there would be ( as if we didn’t have enough already ) both politically and corporate. Anyone that has lived in Puerto Rico any degree of time knows this to be true. What gets me is this, we have a perfect model of what to expect if we become a state by way of Hawaii the 50th state that entered the union in 1959 and has paid the cost dearly ever since. Ask around, how many real Hawaiians, Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) are left? Do the Hawaiians really control their own island or is it stateside interest?
Here is a quick summary:
The entire present population of Hawai’i is approximately 1.2 million. The U.S. and local censuses have recorded a total of 1,108,229 population in the 1990 reports. 64.5% of the population is on the Island of O`ahu (including the city of Honolulu), 13.4% on Hawai`i, 12.8% on Maui, and 6.3% on Kaua`i. We also have residents on Ni`ihau, Moloka`i and Lana`i.  The Island of Kaho`olawe is inhabited part time for restoration, recovery and future rehabitation.
The population of Hawai`i comprises one of the most diverse ethnic mixtures in the world, with many races of people having gathered and lived relatively harmoniously for over a century. Along with their Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) hosts, Caucasian, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Pacific Island peoples are all well-represented. Unfortunately, the Kanaka Maoli have benefitted the least and suffered the most of all populations in Hawai`i from the island’s forced incorporation with the United States and the current system of economics, politics, and land administration. Kanaka Maoli suffer the most negative statistics across the board in indicators of economic and social wellbeing, including mortality rate, suicide rate, disease, unemployment, poverty, undereducation, illiteracy, houselessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc. Addressing these realities and providing for the betterment of the lives of the original people of Hawai`i is an immediate essential priority for the Nation of Hawai`i, and will result in the betterment of the society as a whole.
Here is a little more on Hawaii:
Restoring Hawai’i’s independence is clearly legal, justified, and possible. It is obvious that the existing political and economic systems of the State of Hawaii, aside from being illegal, are not responsible to the just and timely advancement of peoples’ rights and livelihoods, nor the sustainability of our environment. In fact, the existing government by and large represents the interests of entities which destroy our future without regard for the eventual costs to our children. Discontent with the government is at an all time high. If we keep going in the same direction, we’ll certainly end up where we’re headed, which would be most unfortunate. This is not a specific critique of individuals in office; it is a call to awaken responsible and ethical participation in the inevitable transition of governing authority in Hawai`i.
You will note:
In fact, the existing government by and large represents the interests of entities which destroy our future without regard for the eventual costs to our children.
Is this what we are to expect from the statehood ticket? We have only to look at a place like the Plaza Las Americas Mall or the New San Juan to get an idea as to the sort of people that will dominate Puerto Rico in the future.
Don’t take my word for it, just take a stroll through either place and tell me how many Islanders do you really see. For the most part what you will see are a lot of Imports, true there are Hispanics some are even Puerto Ricans but imports non the less. Not only that but I am willing to bet the majority are Pro-statehood. Oh yes there are a lot of the Old Guard, the Old Money from P.R. as well which, from what I have seen tend to be Pro-statehood as well with merchant backgrounds that explain the Old Money.
Our Puerto Rico is fast becoming a thing of the past. I would not be a bit surprised if in the future roadside vendors of Bacalaitos, Viandas, Mavi and all similar island goodies are banned to make way for fast food franchises, more malls and of course more $400,000.00 homes which incidentally most islanders cannot afford anyway!
So I return to the original question that got all of this started from that other blog:
Where exactly is home now?
Where will it be in the future?
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