Originally Posted by pr_capone
My biggest problem with PR becoming a state is not political but cultural. Take Hawaii as an example of what imposed US rule will do to the heritage and history of a country.
This next part is copy pasta but well stated. This is the exact message I received as a child growing up in PR.
Historically speaking, and a point to my Stockholm Syndrome reference earlier, the US has quelled numerous attempts to overthrow US rule in PR since invading the island in 1898. Over time, Puerto Ricans realized that we obviously couldn't do anything about the occupation (US is so big and strong and we are a tiny island nation) so the populous decided to just make the best of it by approving commonwealth status in the 50's. Eventually that lead to a dependence on the US that has lead the population to believe that we simply could not stand on our own without the US.
The thought that the US magnanimously granted Puerto Ricans, conditional, citizenship via the Jones act of 1917 in order to help a poor and downtrodden people is ridiculous. The Jones act allowed for Puerto Ricans, despite their inability to elect a president, to be drafted. 20k Puerto Rican soldiers were immediately conscripted and sent to fight a war on behalf of a nation that only 20 years earlier had invaded their home land.
If you support independence, thats at least more sane than the people who support the status quo.
Right now, Puerto Rico basically is a colony, because they have no meaningful representation at the federal level. An island with this many people in this day and age really should not be a colony at all, and the US rightfully gets crap for it from the UN.
By voting for the present status over statehood, those people are basically just saying no to a hell of a lot of federal funding and roughly 7 or 8 people in the house and senate, in exchange for not paying income taxes, which many of them would not owe anyway.
Long-term, the present status for PR is unacceptable, which is why I really am not concerned about the blank votes.