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that by using this website, your IQ will rise 20 points. In addition, your income will rise by 30%, which will allow you to buy a lottery ticket and you will win the Loto. If you are a business owner and your business is listed in our Visual Directory, your traffic will increase 20% and your revenues will increase by 15%. If you advertise with us, over a billion people will see your advertisement and you'll be able to retire early from all of the sales the ad will generate. Wheeeuuuu!!! Man does that feel good. You know, a guy could get used to that kind of Rush.

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).

3 comments:

Anónimo

15 de febrero de 2008, 17:05
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dijo...

Ok, this is what I don’t understand. This is a great article; same as other that you and other people have posted in this blog. But do you really need to mention people with “make up names”. You reference the Governor of Puerto Rico as Anibal “Jellyfish” Acevedo Vila rather than just Anibal Acevedo Vila. The question that I ask myself is, why? Do we need to disrespect our leaders? Making up names, in my opinion, is disrespectful. I wouldn’t “make up names” to my parents. Would you? These are people that the majority voted on to represent us. If they represented us, good or bad, they still need to be respected. We put them there, regardless if you voted for them or not but the majority did, and isn’t that what democracy is all about? We will be able to demonstrate how we feel about them at the next election term, but with respect that anybody in that position deserves.

There are other blogs out there that I don’t enjoy reading as much as this and one of the reasons is these articles that are written here are written with respect, very opinioned but with respect.

There was an interested article written in El Nuevo Dia dated February 12, 2008 with title “’Limazo de Chi Chi a los legisladores” which quoted Rodríguez saying:
“Porque el Gobernador de Puerto Rico es gobernador, sea popular, sea independista, algún día, o penepé Son mis gobernadores y no puede venir nadie a faltarle el respeto y meterle un puño a un gobernador mío. Eso lo niño lo ven.”

So do we really need to go there? You expressed very well your opinion, but again was the” name calling” really necessary?

MC Don Dees

16 de febrero de 2008, 04:25
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dijo...

Thanks for the comments and kind words about Dondequiera, fair enough you make some good points and some I don't agree with. Here's what I think...

I write this with a good bit of irreverence, which means to say I try to make it funny, when I can. Using Jellyfish is simply a reference to our good friend's blog Gil The Jenius. As one of the most critical yet funniest writers active in Puerto Rico I was merely borrowing one of his funny nicknames. Hey, but you have to admit, as far as nicknames go it's a pretty good one. Come on, the guy has no back bone.

However, I'm not sure what to think about that he deserves my respect just because he was determined to be Governor by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, not by its voters. Yes, I know that's old news, but I didn't vote for him. Does that still make him deserving of my respect? So where does the fine line between respect and comedy begin? Good one, I'm not really sure. If it is OK to use it here on the blog, does that mean I would use it to his face when he is giving the State of the Commonwealth address? No, I wouldn't. Calling him that to his face I believe would be disrespectful, however if he asked me what I thought of him. Well.....you know what would happen. By the way, I concur 100% with Chi Chi, I think the behavior of our the legislators was deplorable. I think that in this case however, the situation, the environment, the setting demand respect, decorum, and professionalism. But of course, these are things, the don't usually exhibit anyway, so what can we expect?

Lastly, I would encourage you to "sign" your comment by using your name. Speaking your mind loses its conviction when it is done behind a veil of secrecy. Just like the recent politician that said that since he was retiring (sorry I missed his name) he could now speak his mind, (isn't that what he was elected to do?). We are missing people who will speak what they truly feel without risk of reprisal or consequence. Gil is one of the few who does so and I greatly respect that.

Gil C. Schmidt

3 de abril de 2008, 07:44
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dijo...

Jenius here... High-five to the MC "Hammer" for the "Gotcher back!" moment, and the kind words. As for the nicknames, in My case, I started with Myself. Fair enough?

Second, respect is offered up front, but it needs proper behavior to remain worthy of it. Should liars, cheats, scoundrels and criminals be treated with respect just because they have a title or a position? This ain't the Army, "Anonymous" (a nickname, donchaknow), and maybe it should be because they used to execute their bad apples.

And finally, your opinion is as valid as Mine. You don't like nicknames for these people? Don't use them. Don't encourage them, as you have done here. But rather than focus on the name-calling, I'd suggest you re-evaluate your definition of "leader". Like respect, leadership is based on behavior and must be earned. And you'll see that failing at either one means failing at both.