This week on my regular blog at the Pan Am Post I released a ‘Petition and Declaration of Independence for Puerto Rico.’ The petition which can be signed here in Spanish and here in English; seeks the signatures of two hundred thousand people. Upon acquiring those signatures we will go to Congress and ask for independence. The petition has a deadline of July 25, 2016 to get the signatures.
Two hundred thousand is by no means a majority, however; it is what I see as political critical mass. This attempt to get independence is more focused on Liberty and personal responsibility than past efforts. In the past, the Puerto Rico independence movement has been led by socialists and the far left. However, it actually started under the Spanish as a center right movement seeking basic liberties.
The idea has always been about Puerto Rico choosing its own destiny. And the time is now. The United States faces a terrible financial crisis of biblical proportions which can lead to a massive economic collapse. Getting Puerto Rico on the road to independence isn’t just about liberty, it is about practicality. If Puerto Rico is tied to the United States when the collapse happens, it will be virtually impossible for the island to recover.
I urge my friends on the political right and center from both the New Progressive Party and the Popular Democratic Party to consider my proposal and open the door to a vision of independence based on free markets and personal freedom.