Should Puerto Rico Choose Independence?

The idea of the “enhanced commonwealth” is not a valid option for Puerto Rico’s status. The U.S. government has said so repeatedly. However, Puerto Rico could choose independence. Would independence… Read more »

Spanish Speaking States

A Pew Research study last year found that Spanish is the most popular language in the United States after English. The data was from 2011, so the numbers are probably… Read more »

Becoming a State: The First 13

In 1763, the King of England reclaimed unsettled Western lands previously granted to the 13 American colonies, then imposed new taxes and laws limiting the personal and political freedom of… Read more »

Must States Come in Pairs?

Conversations about statehood for Puerto Rico can reveal some surprising misconceptions. For example, Rick Santorum demonstrated that he thought states had to have English as their official language (the U.S…. Read more »