miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012

My point of view as to whether the U.S. should intervene in Puerto Rico

Aside from the fact that since 1898 the United States has constantly intervened in Puerto Rico and keeps us as a territory, has destroyed the independence option through persecution and increased the anexationists in the Island, there is a more recent intervention that should be remembered.

The US Department of Justice intervened in Puerto Rico in the past elections and is responsible for the present chaos that prevails in the Island.
By persecuting, accusing and processing the former Governor (no era Santo de mi devoción tampoco) right before the elections, the Federal (US) Court in Puerto Rico made him unelectable. Thus a huge majority voted for Luis Fortuño, the first truly Republican,(in the worst manner) governor in our history (Ferré was Republican in the mainland but not in Puerto Rico). Fortuño is so Republican that members of that party in the mainland were hoping he is chosen as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate. (That would be the best intervention that the USA can do right now!!) By winning with such a majority the Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), which is pro-statehood, controls the Legislature, the Courts and the Executive in almost a totalitarian manner. They act with total impunity.

As a true Republican Governor Fortuño has provoked chaos, violence and despair since January 2009 by:

  • Firing almost 30,000 government workers because of the “fiscal crisis” he encountered even though he had promised to fire only the former governor (the first of many lies)
  • The domino effect of such action has been catastrophic for the economy (we have a huge debt and the bankrupcies have tripled) and has increased social unrest of all kinds: crime, theft, violence and a huge emigration
  • Naming members of his PNP party in new positions
  • Spending millions in contracts for his friends
  • Favoring the rich over the middle class which has gotten poorer (the philosophy has been named "Such is life")
  • Dismantling public education and favoring private entities
  • Privatizing everything: from the airport to the roads and the prisons
  • Openly favoring religious groups, of the extreme right, virtually eliminating separation between Church and State
  • Spending millions in advertising for all government agencies
  • Dealing violently through the police with a student strike at the University of Puerto Rico (his main assistant said publicly that “heads should be broken”)
  • Distabilizing our public university most probably to turn it into a private enterprise
  • Dismantling(or trying to) the Colegio de Abogados
  • Distabilizing the Supreme Court: increasing the judges who belong to his party, called by some "the gang of six"
  • Dismantling the electoral system making us lose faith in it for the first time in decades
  • Distabilizing the prison system by permitting three gangs to rule so as to make sure that the prisoners will all vote for him en November
  • Imposing English as first language in public schools in the name of "bilingualism" when we all know it is a ploy to convince the US that we can be a state of the Union
  • Saying that Standard & Poor (which has just pronounced Puerto Rico's credit as negative) has told him they favor his reelection (proving, if true, that he answers to our creditors and not to us)
  • Last but not least, submitting a budget this week which his own legislators are finding hard to balance, where the only items that have increased enormously are donations (no mention given of who is going to benefit but we all know that the millions thus allocated will be used during these four months for the electoral campaign).
  • A long etc..
Next question?

11 comentarios:

Prometeo dijo...

Tremendo análisis y resumen de la situación en Puerto Rico y de nuestro ultra republicano gobernador, Luis Fortuño. ¿Cuando aprenderemos?

Adelante y éxito.

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

Prometeo: Gracias por tu comentario. Decidí escribirlo en inglés para que ALLA lo lean y sepan lo que nos ha hecho Fortuño. (La última vez que viajé a los EU me tocó una gringa al lado y cuando le dije de dónde era me comentó que le gustaba mucho nuestro Gobernador. Te podrás imaginar mi reacción.)

David dijo...

El problema es que llevan ya mucho tiempo en Puerto Rico y la población se ha acostumbrado a ir en muletas que se han tornado cadenas. La gente espera que los EEUU arreglen algo que ha degenerado en parte por la misma dejadez que provoca el tener a la metrópoli para salvarnos de nuestros propios problemas. La metrópoli no salva ni a los suyos. En Puerto Rico no saben aún lo que es esta combinación de neoliberales corruptos que se llaman republicanos criollos.

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

David: Tienes razón y las palabras que usas "cadenas", "degenerado", "dejadez" lo dicen todo. Yo creo que no sabrán lo que son pero saben lo que han hecho y uno siente esa rabia alrededor, la misma que uno tiene.
Tiene que ocurrir una catástrofe para que Fortuño logre ganar de nuevo.

Anónimo dijo...

I hope he wins again!

Anónimo dijo...

Hola Ivonne: Tengo problemas con la compu y no puedo colgar mi comentario directamente, te pido, por favor, que lo hagas por mí.

Querida Ivonne: Me ha gustado tanto la síntesis que has hecho de la hecatombe que vivimos en Puerto Rico que he traducido tu escrito y lo he colgado en mi blog: http://www.clientelafuriosa.blogspot.com Espero que encuentres bien la traducción y que llegue a más gente así. Perdona el atrevimiento!
Un abrazo, enfogoná

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

Gracias mil enfogoná. Luego he ido añadiendo mentalmente muchas cosas más que se me quedaron en esa lista. Podemos hacerla entre todos y publicarla como anuncio para las elecciones. A lo mejor podemos colgarla en YouTube con imágenes y música tétrica de fondo..

Kofla Olivieri dijo...

Excelente la idea de escribir en Ingles para que los americanos se enteren de la realidad.

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

Kofla: Esa era la intención, espero lo lean.

antigonum cajan dijo...

Escribo en ingles para despegarme, alejarme, desconectarme del entorno, la cultura del yo, asi ocasionalmente obtengo la vision necesaria para expresar en forma pertinente asuntos en los que a veces interfiere el sentimiento.

Escribir en ingles solo me ofrece, eso. No creo creo que nadie lea nada en uno u otro idioma por estar en ese u otro idioma.

Todo bloguero serio save que hay traductores disponibles en cualquier idioma aunque semanticamente no sean adecuados.

Asi que discrepo con todo lo expresado aqui.

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

antigonum: derecho tiene a discrepar pero no entiendo a qué: a mi uso del inglés para comentarle al Huffington Post o a la retahila de barbaridades que ha hecho Fortuño en el poder. Si le molesta en inglés mi amiga lo tradujo en su blog Clientela furiosa. Si no me considera bloguera seria por eso...too bad.