Puerto Votes To Become 51st State

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Sunday, 97% percent of voters in Puerto Rico voted in favor of joining the United States as the 51st state. The governor of Puerto Rico will now send two senators and five representatives to request statehood from Congress.

The Hill reports that the Puerto Rican efforts may not be successful as the voter turnout was only 23% and that low turnout was the main argument behind these efforts failing in 2012.

Should the island become the next state in the union, the US would be inheriting their $73 billion national debt. Puerto Rico has had a multitude of economic issues and declared bankruptcy in May.

Supporters of Puerto Rican statehood claim that the United States should allow them to become a state because of these abysmal conditions (of which is attributed to them being a territory of the US), while others claim that they should become their own independent nation in order to have the freedom to fix their own problems and that imposing statehood on a nation that may not want it would be extremely imperialistic.

Unfortunately, for Libertarians there’s no black and white answer to this situation. Imperialism is counter-intuitive to the ideology as it involves stripping natural and property rights from those conquered, but at the same time, adding more to the trillion dollar debt would be a bad idea.

It seems that both sides of the argument agree that this territorial, nearing colonial, agreement between the two countries should end in some fashion.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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