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I guess we just don't learn. No matter how many times we hear politicians make promises and then turn around and break those promises, we still continue to fall over ourselves the next time around. The latest case in point came out today in El Nuevo Dia. Covering the front page today the bold headline "Obama Promete Resolver El Status (Obama promises to resolve the status)". Oh reaaaaaalllly! Just like that he's going to sprinkle a little bit of his "magic" around the island, and we'll finally know how to work together to resolve this status issue. In my opinion, no right thinking leader would make such a promise without having worked hard to fully understand the chaotic complexities of the issue. Well it turns out that Obama didn't really "promise" to resolve the status issue. Neither did he "guarantee" a process of free determination.
It turns out that Obama's support came in the the form of a letter to Governor "Jellyfish" Acevedo Vila. In this letter the words promise and guarantee do not appear. What it does say is
"As President, I will work closely with the Puerto Rican government ... to create a genuine and transparent process for self-determination..."My friends that is not a promise to resolve, that is a promise to work. And it is most definitely not as Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez a contract with Puerto Rico. In my opinion, this is a misuse of creative journalism to portray this letter as something more than an attempt to win delegates. I'll agree that the Senator's language is forthright and addresses the issues head on. But what I'm afraid of is that people will believe (from these headlines) that he is going to be responsible for solving our problems. He will not, because he can not. We have to solve our problems, but we can not, because we choose not. In my opinion, just the same way that we can not govern ourselves, we can not self determine how to resolve the status.
Note: Just in case I've never stated it before, in my opinion, there are only two options to permanently resolve our status: Independence or Statehood. Without a constitutional amendment, there are no other valid options (as the Senator puts it).