Skip to comments.Forget about Puerto Rico, It's Clear that The Philippines Should Become Our 51st State. Oh Yeah!
Posted on 11/12/2013 5:35:37 PM PST by lee martell
For a couple of decades, there has been speculation and debate on making Puerto Rico into our 51st Amercian state. Puerto Rican citizens have been asked many times in various ways. Usually, the majority says "No". The P.R. voters seem comfortable with the status quo, one that sees Puerto Rico as a kind of hybrid, a Territory of the United States, one that does not have to pay taxes. A very cozy relationship. Some Puerto Ricans are against our form of government anyway, and always will be. These are people who put greater trust in a Government that operates on the Grab and Gobble theory of taking over the main institutions essential to a productive society. In other words, the Hugo Chavez Method of Benevolent Dictatorship. Many Americans would say the USA is already caught in that same sticky web of a pseudo-dictatorship with President Obama, some 'lovin' it' others not so much.
Now we have a historic moment, where the Philippines has been pummeled by one of the worst typhoons ever recorded in the history of the world. I'm glad we are sending the $25. million to help, along with some of our military. I know our military's prime job is not necessarily to behave as a proxy to FEMA, something Clinton used to do to excess. However, in the wake of unprecedented devastation, it is most certainly the right thing to do. More money is likely to be sent in the near future. We need to be prudent as a nation, and take advantage of this situation. I don't mean, I delight over the Philippine's suffering. absolutely not. But there will be suffering and chaos for quite some time ahead. It is inevitable. Their national recovery will be long term and must be spread over the multitudes of archipelagoes and unnamed island clusters.
This is exponentially worse than the nuclear meltdown in Japan, because almost every city and province has had its virtual face ripped off by that Storm of Storms. Why don't we welcome this nation into the fold? Why not indeed. The Philippinos I have met are as a majority hard working, bright, English speaking, very family oriented, largely Christian or Buddhist. Nobody's perfect, meaning of the Asian nations' I think the Philippine people are the most westernized, for better or worse. As Reagan said, "Trust but Verify". Another reason, look at the geography, look how close to Chinese owned islands they are. Keep in mind, this Philippine government is already considering inviting the Americans back to set us businesses, back to provide a strong buffer between them and Greedy China. Another reason, we all know the Dems and some misguided Rinos want the votes and the workers that open door amnesty is supposed to provide. Most thinking people know the Mexicans are probably going to be 80% Dem. I would think many philippinos would be open minded enough to consider both parties. These are ideas the average American President would already be chewing on. No, I don't expect President O to do this, I'm talking about his likely successor; President Fauxcohontas! I don't like her either, but she does crunch her numbers, out loud even.
The Philippines Should Become The 51st State
Can’t we just be friends with them?
I’m pretty sure that Barry and his ‘RATS are planning on Mexico being #51.
Let me be the first to point out this fact: The Philippines are no longer a territory of the USA and haven’t been for a long time now, they are an independent and sovereign country and cannot be granted statehood in the USA. Puerto Rico on the other hand is a territory of the USA and therefore can be made a state if they wish for statehood, they don’t want it and have made that clear many times.
No. If they become a state, its just one less place to go to get away.
Como? No lo tengo las pallabras correcto?
Er, I don’t think so. Besides, I do not really want to move back to central Europe right now.
As someone born in the PI, but American to the core, nothing would make me prouder. Filipinos are great American citizens. I just wish we could turn back the hands of time when this could have been possible.
Thank-you so much considering the possibilities. Filipinos have always greatly admired the USA. They fought bravely in WWII. May of my father’s friends and their sons have continued the tradition of serving in our military. It would be a natural pairing.
I didn’t know that. However, when the pay off potential is high, rules can be re-written or invented where they never existed before, just ask Pres.O, watch him pull another rabbit out of his hat.
Puerto Rico doesn’t pay taxes or otherwise have any obligation to the US but still get all the welfare, benefits, etc. Is that true?
This is probably hands down the dumbest idea I have ever read with my eyes. The only person who would benefit is the guy who makes the EBT cards. If this ever came to pass, I would curse the name of Admiral Dewey to the end of time. I would wail why did you just keep your fleet anchored in Hong Kong. I would rather give it back to Spain.
Texas and California were soveriegn republics that were granted statehood. There is a political party in the Philippines that proposes statehood.
If we’re going to Pal Around with them, might as well make it lucrative for both parties, a quid pro quo situation. Look how China has set up house in Zimbabwe, financing the Zim debt, employing erstwhile unemployables, all the while mining for gold and diamonds and rubies galore! China is playing it smart.
This idea is simply..... insane.
There is no reason to consider adding any states, never mind a country with vast and poor population, on the far side of the Pacific Ocean.
The proposal is incoherent. Separate (1) disaster relief from (2) US long-term interests and goals, and (3) Filipino long-term interests and goals.
Take care of disaster relief as appropriate.
Do not confuse that with thinking that either (2) or (3) would have anything to do with making the Phillipines part of the USA. Even if the Filipinos wanted this (don’t forget they kicked us out of our bases there not so long ago, so they don’t want us) it would mainly be for what they could “get” from us — we do not need any more freeloaders and socialists and voters for the Demagogues!!
“As someone born in the PI, but American to the core, nothing would make me prouder.”
NO !!!. I do not want to move again.
Thank God, it would never happen, anyway.