I talk to a lot of Puerto Ricans and they are very pro-American. One Puerto Rican I met says those Puerto Ricans who are anti-American like you @Tainari88 are from the upper class and want to take control of Puerto Rico so that you can go back to robbing and stealing from Puerto Rico as they did before. It's not because they are patriots of Puerto Rico. It's because they want to control Puerto Rico and enrich themselves at the expense of their own people. The U.S. gets in the way of them being able to do that.
That's what one of them said. I believe him too. Plus, Puerto Ricans who live in Puerto Rico, do not pay federal taxes as we do here in the U.S. Hence, why they do not get as many federal benefits. However, when they move to the continental U.S. and pay federal taxes, they get the same benefits as those other Americans who do the same.
Doesn't it seem strange to you that you have to move out from the island to be treated equally?
They did that with Native Americans. Move them out of their land so that they lose the connection to it. To be absorbed into the society that is 330 million and not 3 million. Why? Does that occur to you?
You are a military guy and a Georgian. I am not from the upper crust. The Americans went in there to rob and steal. If they were not interested in that they would have given us equal rights to run the island. Again, there was no statehood party until 1968. If you study why? The Washington DC crowd was afraid of losing control of the island like they did to Castro in the Cuban situation. We are just pawns in some war that the USA wants to win. To be the last nation standing. But if you allow YOUR ELITES to dictate everything and you believe their BULLSHIT and don't do something about it?
Your US citizens won't be voting in any effective way ever again.
You are being incredibly unfair to think for a moment that somehow the Puerto Ricans can't run their own country. Not without the USA. That is what all Empires think Politics. And the history of colonialism doesn't dole out justice. You want independence and freedom for your own nation don't you? Why can't you see that other nations want the same thing?
Because we are Puerto Ricans? You want us to be a state? Lol. You don't even have a USA that agrees about South of the Border Mexican invasions. You are incredibly intolerant group of people with fake shit. Get your act together and start fighting off the Trump people. Because they see us as foreign and they don't want statehood for us. For sure. We could vote and that is problematic with the crowd of fools who think that just leave your nation and your land and you have rights.
How would you feel Politics if they told you that? Leave Georgia, sell off your home, and go and live in a land that you are not familiar with...do that? And you might have some rights? That is not democracy.
It is called colonialism.
Accept that fact. Face the facts. It is not just. It never has been.
I come from poor as hell people. The rich ones he speaks of? Lol. Who are they? AOC? Nydia Velazquez? All of the ones who can vote in the House of Representatives are of Puerto Rican heritage all of them. ARE PRO-INDEPENDENCE. Not one of them is pro-statehood. WHY?
As for your friends. He never showed up for debate. You would be surprised how many Puerto Ricans have no idea about their own history. Kept in the dark because they got to go get shot and die for an Empire that won't let them vote in their own land. Won't let them vote for the president and a congress who sends them to die for the United States. Yet you call yourself a democracy? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED.
Also Politics, the statehood party is called El Partido Nuevo Progresista. Their top representative on the island was little Ricky Rossello. Who was he? The most CORRUPT buffoon of them all. He was ousted and more than one million Puerto Ricans rioted in San Juan asking for his departure. The one that your Puerto Rican buddies say what? Represents them? The Corrupt King of the Entire Statehood Party. Not one PIP (Partido Independentista Puertorriqueno) ever was arrested or forced out of the senate or the congress of Puerto Rico. Not ONE OF US. The whole corruption charge comes from the Puerto Ricans who run around trying to make money by obeying the Massa out in the Plantation House. People who are fighting the problems of corruption on the island, with a lack of vision for making an independent nation (let us face it, people who want statehood but are corrupt and never serve the Puerto Rican people and instead are corrupt and steal in the name of becoming a state won't be convincing anyone, not Washington DC and not the Ricans at home either), but? They are the ones that represent your friends' points of view. But the independence crowd is growing. Not shrinking. I wonder why? Because the US government is not fixing what is wrong. They want our loyalty, our men's blood in battle, our land, and our labor, but they don't want us to have power. How nice is that? It is not nice Politics. It is about again colonialism. The PIPIOLOS are never the ones who are never thrown in the slammer or forced to resign for corruption. Clean as the new-fallen snow we are. The statehooders are not though...
But you don't know that because your claim to knowledge about Puerto Rico is based on some Puerto Rican military men who tell you shit and you believe it and don't study the actual history of the place in question.
I don't want to fight with you Politics. I like you. I always have. You are a good man. And a good person. But I won't ever want what you want guy. I had a different life. And I accept that I will always have a separate opinion.