Last week at the UN, dictator Raul Castro repeated the regime’s usual meme that we Puerto Ricans are slaves to the U.S.’s “colonial rule.”
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo writes, Cubans Freer than Puerto Ricans? Castro Must Think We’re Idiots. UN Sycophants Show Their True Colors, Lap Up “General” Raúl’s Lies. OLPL asks,
Does the Cuban general have his own plans for a Puerto Rico separated from US democracy? How can he speak so arrogantly about a nation capable of removing Yankee military outposts from its territory, while in Cuba, the people have never come together to protest the legal limbo of Guantanamo?
Does Raúl Castro allow Cubans who are residents or citizens of the United States, or any other country, to reside permanently in their home country of Cuba? Of course not. On the other hand, Puerto Ricans have always been able to live in Puerto Rico.
Does Raúl Castro allow Cubans residing on the island to invest in the national economy? Once again, the answer is “no.” Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans have always been able to invest in their own country or wherever else they please.
How many political parties enjoy legal status in Cuba? How many media outlets are not state owned? How many Cuban schools teach something other than communism, the ideology of hate towards difference and dissent? Are Cubans able to use the internet freely, from their mobile devices or their homes?
OLPL is barely getting started, so you must read his article in full, but I must emphasize a few rights Puerto Ricans can exercise which Cubans in the island-prison can not:
1. First and foremost, all Puerto Ricans can own assets anywhere in the free world in their own names individually or as part of a private enterprise, and can freely buy/lease/mortgage/dispose of those assets at they best see fit.
2. Puerto Ricans choose where they want to live, without the government’s permission. Members of my extended family live in Puerto Rico, the continental United States, and in foreign countries in Europe and South America. They may (and do) own properties in those locations, and in Puerto Rico (see 1 above).
3. Puerto Ricans are free to travel. Some even vacation in Cuba.
4. Puerto Ricans can freely access worldwide media, from electronic devices they can buy with their own money, anytime, anywhere.
And add these three,
5. Puerto Ricans deal directly with their employers, and get paid directly without the government handling/impounding the funds as part of the transaction.
6. Puerto Rican routinely mock the politicians and ruling class mercilessly and don’t get dragged off to a dungeon.
7. Puerto Ricans, such as myself, are bored of propagandist tyrants of failed states mouthing off at the UN on Puerto Rico’s “status” for their own mercenary purposes.