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.
WOW! Thanks for the history lesson. Hong Kong is another small island that has been economically successful. They import significant resources but people are a resource too. I'd look to them as an example.