As was true in the 1970s, when the National Security Council gave its since-forgotten recommendation, is still true today: Puerto Rican decolonization and sovereignty are in the national, geopolitical, economic, and diplomatic interests of both Puerto Rico and the United States.
For the GOP, everything revolves around getting revenge and owning the libs, which is why, for many Republicans, exploiting human beings and using them as political pawns is no big deal.
Even now that another hurricane has torn through the island, leaving its people in the dark and underwater, the “winners” of Puerto Rico still insist that the U.S. colony is better off begging for statehood than declaring its independence.
One of Reagan’s “accomplishments” was the introduction of trickle-down economics, which holds that tax cuts for the wealthy pay for themselves by expanding the economy, thus increasing government revenues. But 40 years of research have proven that this has never worked.
The popular image of political violence is that of a downtrodden revolutionary taking up arms against an oppressive government. But oftentimes the instigators of violent conflict are groups that were once in charge but have lost their power and status.
The fact that so many Americans, including liberals, support a pardon for Trump is further evidence that a lot of Americans aren’t interested in justice, unity, or “healing”—they’re just afraid.
Machismo has a lot to do with why some Latinos vote Republican, as research shows that men who are insecure about their manhood tend to vote conservative. But recent attacks on abortion rights threaten to lose the GOP even more Latino voters.
If the people of Puerto Rico want to retake control of their energy system, ensure their future, and keep the lights on, they need to kick out LUMA Energy and the PNP colonial governor, Pedro Pierluisi. Future generations will thank them.