To the Editor:
On Monday, Dec. 2, the Tampa Tribune published an article entitled: “Puerto Ricans want equality”. It features a recently arrived PR attorney now living in Orlando like so many other countrymen and women.
Attorney Iara Rodriguez moved to Florida purportedly because in PR she could not vote for her hero, Barack Obama, in spite of being a faithful Democrat. Welcome to the flock, Iara.
Perhaps it may interest you to know that your Democrat Party has been instrumental in obstructing PR’s attempts to become a state. Republican presidents from Eisenhower to this date have pronounced themselves promoters of Puerto Rican statehood. George H. W. Bush even called for statehood in his first State of the Union speech.
Obama spoke in favor of statehood when he went to PR for less than a day while on a donation-seeking trip. Once back home, he promptly forgot about PR. One of his main supporters in the House, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) is PR statehood’s worst enemy.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) is the second worse. So, why is Rodriguez so frustrated because the island’s voters cannot vote for the US President. No, my fellow Puerto Rican, that’s not the way it works.
You want presidential vote? Consider becoming Republican. We have a record of favoring statehood in the island and stateside since 1900!. Democrat activists in the island hate the thought of being American. If you don’t believe me, just take a course in Puerto Rican politics, 1900 to this date.
Luis S. Miranda, MD
The writer is the former member of the Puerto Rican Statehood Republican Party