Puerto Rico can hardly be equated to the Philippines! Enhanced Commonwealth is so blatantly unconstitutional that it is a waste of time to even discuss such a 'phantom.'<quoted text>
I don't. I've seen the neighboring islands, and while they're fun to visit, I have no reason to want to live in them.
I'm personally for a major reclassification of our status, that does not involve statehood or independence.
IME, Statehood has done quite a bit of bad for Hawaii, as they are subject to federal economic policies that are designed to benefit the lower 48. Hence, the large pro-independence movement in Hawaii (even larger than PR's).
Independence is equally bad. Look at the Philippines.
A reclassification of PR's colonial status is in order. One that allows PR representation on Federal affairs and presidential vote in return for paying federal income tax.
Or perhaps my racist friends don't want a state full of mulattos **ROLLEYES**
In my lifetime the US Congress will never give statehood to Puerto Rico. One simple reason. The legal system in Puerto Rico is based on Spanish codified law and conducted in Spanish. No state has a legal system that is officially conducted in any language but English.
The lawyers in Puerto Rico conduct their business in Spanish. As a retired lawyer from the US I can tell you that one's acumen with language is VERY important in the practice of law. The lawyers will do ANYTHING possible to keep the system from being switched to English.
The US Congress will NEVER allow a state that does not guarantee that all legal proceedings are officially recorded in English.
Puerto Rico deserves independence. After 500 years they have never been anything but a colonial step-child to the two countries that claimed them. They deserve the right to show they can survive as an independent nation.
Only the US Congress can change the status of Puerto Rico. 1000 plebiscites and referendums in Puerto Rico cannot change this fact. Call and write YOUR congressional representative and Senators to free the island. We don't HAVE voting representatives in Congress, just official voyeurs.