When I heard the news that a vote on Puerto Rican Statehood was set to take place tomorrow, my heart stopped. I couldn’t process the fact that this rather transformational news did not reach my ears until the day before it was to be voted on. It reminded me of that awful dream where you realize that you signed up for an important college class and forgot about it until the day of the final exam-only this is worse because it’s real.
The addition of Puerto Rico as a state will cause problems similar to those that led to the start of the Civil war. Before the outbreak of the war, political debate was raging about the addition of new states. Free and Slave states fought over the addition of new states. Each new state brought representative votes that could tip the scales of power between those states who supported slavery and those who stood in opposition.
The addition of Puerto Rico as a state will cause a similar tip. The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico is behind the push for statehood. If admitted into the Union, Puerto Rico will demand that their Representatives be seated in Congress. If successful, socialist, progressive representatives from Puerto Rico will deliver the additional votes desperately needed by the Obama Administration to further their agenda.
First, the legislation sets up a voting process rigged for success. The legislation sets up a preliminary vote and the voters are given two options. If a majority of Puerto Ricans vote in favor of changing the status of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to “a different political status,” then a second vote would be scheduled to poll voters on the following three options:
1. “Independence: Puerto Rico should become fully independent from the United States;”
2. “Sovereignty in Association with the United States: Puerto Rico and the United States should form a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the United States Constitution;” and,
3. “Statehood: Puerto Rico should be admitted as a State of the Union.” Heritage Foundation
Our nation is at a crossroads. Will we be a socialist nation that enslaves it’s citizens to oppressive, draconian laws, regulations and taxes? Or will we reach back to the days of our founding and a belief that all men should be free? Unlike the Civil War, we are battling with principles and ideas rather than guns and cannon fire. Let’s hope that the Civil War did indeed end slavery in this nation and that the Union as envisioned by our nation’s founders will survive.