07 November 2012

Republicans for the 51st state?

In one of yesterday's less publicized elections, the people of Puerto Rico voted on a non-binding resolution for statehood. Approval would require the consent of Congress.

In the wake of last night's presidential defeat for the Republicans, I can assume that you're looking for political motives in me making this statement. The Republican Party ought to champion the cause of Puerto Ricans, not because it might generate good will (although it certainly could), not to begin repairing relations among the Latino and Hispanic communities (although it might), and even in the face of likely holding less seats in Congress (because they probably would), but because it's the right thing to do. Period.

Puerto Ricans are already United States citizens, and they have expressed their desire to become a state. So let's do it.
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