Statehood, Commonwealth or Independence?

Open to everybody, Puertorricans and non - Puertorricans. Explain to me why your choice of status is best. I do not want fairy tales, like "Estadidad Jíbara" (for english speakers, Statehood with a native flavor), "Lo mejor de dos mundos" (the best of both worlds) or "Independencia con ciudadanía americana" (Independence with American citizenship). I want real answers, not diatribes. Do not be pulling strings at my heart regarding Olympic Games, Miss Universe, losing my culture, (I live in the U.S. and I am still as Puertorrican as the ones on the island), blah, blah, blah. I am interested in the welfare of all Puertorricans, not the few lucky ones that get to participate in these events. If nobody answers with a real argument that can hold water, do not expect t********s. Be real serious and honest about it. Puerto Rico has to decide sooner than later what it wants to be for good, so this is your chance to show that you understand the issue of the status of Puerto Rico fully. So, how is the Hispanic culture shoved down somebody's throat? I always thought that it was up to me to accept or reject somebody else's culture. Tell all the networks to stop showing ads for Corona, for example, or to any presidential candidate to stop trying to speak Spanish or dubbed their political ads in Spanish. I am cool with that. Associated Republic is not Commonwealth. It is what the name implies, a republic (thus independent) in association with another country. Commonwealth as defined is the so "touted" bilateral pact that never has existed. No nation will enter in an arrangement with another nation in which mutual consent of dissolving the association is required. International treaties do not function that way. Let us say that the U.S. enters in such a contract with Puerto Rico, since one Congress cannot bind another Congress, the next Congress can definitely undo the whole thing. Now, if the arrangement is in the form of a treaty that can be dissolved by either party, I got no problem with it. Thanks for all the answers. Most of them were quite informative and showed me that for the most part you are interested in the future of Puerto Rico, regardless of your political philosophy and status preference. I will only hope that we could get a resolution on this problem that has afflicted Puerto Rico since 1492. If only our politicians could learn to conduct themselves like most of the answerers of this question, with respect to each other and honesty in their answers. Thanks for answering my question to all of you.

Asked By: William Q - 7/11/2007
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I am a native American of New York State my father is native of Puerto Rico and my mother of various European states. I've been in Puerto Rico since 1977 and a few years in the 60's, so let's see all the alternatives... More
Answered By: short2stuff1922 - 7/13/2007
Additional Answers (10)
I don't think that it should be a state. We don't need more hispanic culture forced down our throats.
Answered By: ViolentAJ - 7/11/2007
Puerto Rico's destiny should be decided by the Puerto Rican people at the polls.
Answered By: Dru - 7/11/2007
That's Not For US Puerto Ricans to decide... Whatever the US decided to do with Puerto Rico..THAT will be it.... If we had a choice and the Power to decide..I will choose Statehood...Puerto Rico can NOt survive without the Federal Goverment subsidies...and WE Have 0 agriculture to sustain Our Needs...
Answered By: shinningstarofthecarribean - 7/12/2007
Well My Friend... More
Answered By: Melissa C - 7/12/2007
Independence or Associated Republic (Commonwealth) is the best option for PR... More
Answered By: RoyL - 7/12/2007
I am also interested in the well-being of the People in Puerto Rico. I am Puertorrican, living in the USA. I truly believe My Country only need a decent political status. I am cool with either Statehood or Independence. Puerto Rico does not need to "qualify" to be a State. It will just take a Congress act, and that up... More
Answered By: Joanna K - 7/12/2007
I think puerto rico should try to become independent. I hate the whole commonweath thing. Puerto Rican culture is slowly disappearing. There's less farming and too many tree and lands being destroyed. I remember when i was little and use to visit Puerto Rico. I loved it because it was so peaceful and the air was so... More
Answered By: EvE - 7/14/2007
When the US Congress decides what options Puerto Ricans can vote on, then I'll defend a position. For now, I am tired of making pro or con arguments when definitely, they won't get me anywhere. I have voted in 2 plebiscites already for what? If the US Congress doesn't make a decision, I am not wasting my time anymore.
Answered By: lasm97 - 7/14/2007
I don't know but I'm tired of the colonial status. The current ELA is ruining our county in the economical and social living. In my time in sailing I learn that motorsailers boats can't work efficiently. A good boat should be a power boat or a sailboat. The same occurs to P. R. the better of the 2 worlds is a fallacy... More
Answered By: Sailcat64 - 7/15/2007
I am a Puerto Rican who was born in the states and I can't believe someone would say our culture was being shoved down their throats. We live in a land made up of foreigners but they force english on us. My mother would only speak english to us at home because she wanted to make sure we fit in but in the process I... More
Answered By: My Three - 7/17/2007
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