How many know that when we took over Puerto Rico we changed the name of the place to Porto Rico? We put it under the command of the Army whose leaders found the new name easier to spell. That was during the Spanish-American War when we liberated Cuba and gave it to the Cubans to run. We’ve seen how they eventually found a warm embrace with Russia. I don’t suppose we would have been happy if Puerto Rico was another Russian ally.
I also assume you know that during that war we took over the Philippines using as a military tactic concentration camps and ethnic cleansing even though you were not taught that in school as something Americans did. We were particularly interested in the Philippines because it was a good base for our ships doing business in the Asian area then called the Far East but also we believed we could enlightened the benighted Filipinos to the great benefit of Christianity since at the time they were all Papists.
I wasn’t originally in the camp that was critical of the response to the Puerto Rico disaster caused by the hurricane. I knew we had two other recent weather caused disasters and a third would not be handled as if it wa the only one. But as days passed and the help to that island seemed to be deficient I began to wonder.
Clearly we did not do any way near what we should have done to help these American citizens in their moment of need. I see there are shipping containers full of goods from big bag companies who have been paid for them sitting in the port area and the shippers who brought them there have been paid. Why then do they sit rather than being dispersed to the people? No one should be paid until the goods are delivered.
Isn’t one of the core functions of our military the ability to get supplies out to the troops in the field? They do it under enemy fire. Why isn’t it doing this for our fellow American citizens. As you see my point is that we should have put our military on full alert to alleviate the suffering there. It was not done. The question is why. The military was not used in the two previous disasters so it was fully available.
As I see it Trump is a business man. That’s who the people wanted to govern the country. A business man looks upon disasters as an opportunity for profit, that is events from which to make a ton of money. Using the military enriches no one; figuring out how to use private enterprise to enrich the owners takes time. So the Puerto Ricans suffer while the business man works to find a way to best help his friends profit from the disaster.
Which brings me back to he reason I spoke about the Spanish-American war. First, the Puerto Ricans have the right to vote to be independent of the United States. Do we want this? If not we better show them that they are equal to all other Americans and render our full aid to them. Otherwise as an independent nation it might fall sway to the Putin inducements. He’d want nothing more than to have Russian bases on that island.
The anti-Catholic prejudice that made us subject the Filipinos to our whims that we saw back in 1900 may also be at work in not giving the Puerto Ricans their due. Then, of course, there is the racism which I will talk more about next week when I write a rant about the NFL. Then there is the funny language they speak that now seems to be invading our country which many find offensive.
The “I like to Be in America” is from West Side story. It is a delightful song as relevant today as it was in the 1950s. Puerto Ricans are good, loyal American citizens. Many would do much better in the states but prefer their homeland. If their island is not quickly made inhabitable they will flock to the mainland hurting their island even more. Those that remain will be angry at America.
The Puerto Ricans deserve better. They are entitled to what you would want were your neighborhood destroyed. If our country can invade other countries and quickly subdue them then we should quickly invade Puerto Rico and put it back on its feet. The delay is inexcusable.
(Daniel inspired this)