Argument: Democrats want Puerto Rican statehood to gain votes
- Debate: Puerto Rico statehood in America - con argument.
"Puerto Rico, the 51st State?" Wall Street Journal. May 13th, 2010: "Puerto Rico, a self-governing commonwealth whose residents are U.S. citizens, has already voted three times (1967, 1993 and 1998) against becoming the 51st U.S. state. But Congressional Democrats, hoping to add to their numbers in Congress, keep pushing for statehood. Late last month, the House voted 223 to 169 to begin yet another attempt to have the island join the union. [...] This kind of blatant rigging of the political system provoked opposition from several Puerto Ricans serving in Congress, but the Democratic leadership under Nancy Pelosi rammed it through anyway. With statehood would come two new U.S. Senators and perhaps half a dozen new House members. In a closely divided nation, Puerto Rican statehood is clearly seen by Democrats as an insurance policy to protect their long-term control of Congress."
Hans A. von Spakovsky. "Rigging an Election in Puerto Rico." National Review Online. April 28th, 2010: "Now those same citizens are faced with a manipulative bill that political observers will recognize as designed to create millions of new votes at a time when certain political actors fear their election prospects are diminishing. This is nothing more than a transparent attempt to rig election rules to favor the outcome they want."
"Puerto Rico Statehood - A Bad Idea at a Terrible Time." English First: "In my last letter to you, I described what appears to be an effort on the part of the elitists in Washington to replace American voters with tens of millions of non–English speaking new citizens.
Their plan is to pass a massive amnesty for 30-40 million illegal aliens while, at the very same time, invite the Commonwealth of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico to become a state.
Their scheme is to replace us with people who have little knowledge of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, or what it means to live in a nation where all citizens are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
They are convinced that all of the new “citizens” they bring in will be grateful to them for being given the gift of U.S. citizenship, and more easily manipulated than Americans like you and me.
These politicians are well aware that the American people are preparing to throw many of them out of office at the next election. But rather than bend to the will of the American people, these arrogant Congressmen and Senators have decided to replace us with more pliable voters."