Democratic and Republican Party Platforms on Puerto Rican Statehood

Residents of the island of Puerto Rico have been American citizens since 1917, but the issue of statehood for the current U.S territory has been in a constant cycle of push and pull between opposing political parties. Over time, the island has developed and organized strong economic, political, social, and cultural relations with the United States, but it’s not a full-fledged state yet. As it currently stands, both parties are in favor of statehood, but with a few conditions on each side.

According to the Democratic national platform:

“If local efforts in Puerto Rico to resolve the status issue do not provide a clear result in the short term, the President should support, and Congress should enact, self-executing legislation that specifies in advance for the people of Puerto Rico a set of clear status options…”

The excerpt goes on to mention milestones reached in the last few years heading towards the statehood of Puerto Rico, including a “historic increase” in Medicaid funding as well as full inclusion in the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act. In essence, the Democratic Party plans to continue improving the economic status of Puerto Rico, but is ultimately leaving the decision and the effort of attaining statehood to the people of Puerto Rico.

Moreover, the Republican Party has also stated that they are in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico, but do not wish to intervene directly until full support is achieved from the Island:

We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state if they freely so determine. We recognize that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Rico to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government by consent and full enfranchisement. As long as Puerto Rico is not a State, however, the will of its people regarding their political status should be ascertained by means of a general right of referendum or specific referenda sponsored by the U.S. government.

The specified referendum took place in November of 2012, with 61% of votes for an alternative form of government being for statehood. As it currently stands, there has been a persistent notion that Puerto Rico will vote democratic in upcoming elections. However Alfonso Aguilar, an executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, has stated that Republicans have dominantly held leadership positions within the territory, and additionally that the majority of Puerto Rico is socially conservative.

Bottom line, it’s essentially up to the Puerto Rican people and government to establish legitimate statehood at this point. The idea has support on both sides and gradually continues to move towards fruition.

This post was originally written in English and may be being auto-translated by Google.

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migliore soundbar

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Luis Arroyo

Wait, didn’t Governor Padilla of the anti statehood self described [ “Popular ]
Democratic Party” convince his sandwich eating buddy Obama to exempt Puerto Rico from Obamacare?

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Luis Arroyo

Republican Party Platform has directly stated support for statehood.
President Ford opposed the commonweath ‘s creation because he knew it was a sham. Ford favored Statehood.
President Nixon favored Statehood.
President Ronald Reagan made clear he preferred statehood and promised to personally draft an admissions act and introduce it in congress!
GH Bush stated his preference for US Statehood.
GW Bush supported statehood.

Only one democratic President in History has endorsed statehood. Harry Truman in 1940. He made sure that the 1940 Democrat Platform endorsed statehood for the US territories of Alaska,Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Democrats opposed the idea claiming they Hawaii ‘s heavy Asian- Polynesian population were “disloyal” to US,Puerto Ricans were alien Spaniards incapable of democracy. Alaskans lived in icy igloos.
Democrats wanted all three as Commonwealths. (As we see in the case of Puerto Rico,it was a trap that would have kept them as territories under a false sense of autonomy. Thankfully Alaskan and Hawaiians knew english and saw the farce for what it was.
Alaska responded with its version of the famed Tennessee Plan.
Hawaii lucked out when Dems &GOP realized one of each territory was leaning toward the Dems and GOP. Both parties rewarded themselves with a state. (Today things are opposite, Alaska is now GOP snd Hawaii Democrat.
Puerto Ricans, denied english instruction by the PDP and Gov L M Marin, fell for the lies of the socialist separatist “popular”(populist) Democrats who lied in spanish calling the Commonwealth a “Free Associated State”. (As if a nation in free Association with US)
The PDP has used the “associated state” myth to create a false belief PR would be “annexed” by statehood. Annexation already happened, IN 1898!!!

EVER SINCE WWII NO DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT HAS ENDORSED STATEHOOD.
NOT CARTER.
NOT KENNEDY.
NOT L B JOHNSON.
NOT CARTER
NOT CLINTON
NOT OBAMA
The Democratic platform and all Presidents share THE SAME TALKING POINT;
“WE WILL SUPPORT PR’S RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION AND WHATEVER THEY CHOOSE.

Funny, Puerto Ricans in 2012 voted to end the territory by 54% (many statehood supporters feared voting “no” against territory believing Puerto Rico would be left independent.)
OF those who answered the second question, 61% chose US statehood.
Nancy Pelosi and Obama had a rubber stamp congress. They rammed Obamacare thru “reconciliation ” wirh less than 51 votes!
Yet they did nothing to admit Puerto Rico,a SUPPOSEDLY DEMOCRAT STATE. A democrat state of PR = Permanent Dem rule the PR statehood opponents say. Yet Dems did nothing. Why?

Puerto Rico’s statehood movement has historically been an island Republican Movement. The GOP/New Progressive Party of statehood has nothing to do with progressive liberalism. Its the GOP in PR.

Go to any statehood rally and you’ll see signs with GOP elephants with “51” within a star

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