Go Back   Matt-Hughes.com Official Forums > General Discussions > Politics

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 11-08-2012, 06:58 PM
Tyburn's Avatar
Tyburn Tyburn is offline
Angry @ Injustice!
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: England
Posts: 17,097
Default Puerto Ricans wish to be 51st State!

The Puerto Ricans have had a referendum on joining the Federal Union of American States....they are currently a Commonwealth which is self Governing..in essence they are a territory of America...they have all the advantages of being US citzens, but can not vote in General Ellections for Continental America, only their own little Provincial Government.

The Referendum was to be an opinion poll, rather then a legal edict for the Government, and the choice was given to remain a US Territory as Present...to Ask for Independance from the United States entirely...or, to gain full membership as a State of the Union.

Sixty-one percent want to actually assert themselves as an American State, which would be the Fifty First to join the Union. The American Union has not accepted membership since 1959 when another Island Community, The Hawaiian Islands were permitted full membership following political changes in 1955, after having been a Territory since the collapse of its Republic in the late 1800s

However...Its not up to the Government of the outpost to declaire itself a member of the union, any more then it can declaire itself independant. Those Decisions can only be made by the US Congress, which has the power to consider, deliberate, and pronounce judgement on matters concerning the Unions intake.

President Barack Obama appeared to be supportive of the referendum, but thats no guarentee that an already cash strapped Union is going to want to include an entire new country into its midst
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.