Rick Santorum to Puerto Rico, Speak English if You Want Statehood

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Rick Santorum to Puerto Rico, Speak English if You Want Statehood

Rick Santorum is alienating yet another group, Hispanics, by saying if Puerto Rico wants statehood the residents should speak English. Um, Puerto Rico has been a Spanish-speaking island for eons, so they should change because a white, right wing evangelical says so? Puerto Rico was possessed by Spain for more than 400 years, what other language did this idiot expect them to speak?

Rick Santorum is feeling like He-Man, since he won two big primaries in historically racist states — Alabama and Mississippi (which are at the bottom of the barrel educationally speaking, with 29% of Mississippians frowning on interracial marriage). He insists that Puerto Rico should only gain statehood if it makes English its main language.

“As in any other state, you have to comply with this and any federal law. And that is that English has to be the main language,” Santorum told San Juan newspaper El Vocero on Wednesday.

“There are other states with more than one language as is the case in Hawaii, but to be a state in the United States, English has to be the main language,” he added. Source

In other words, Puerto Rico isn’t all that important. You see, there is no oil in Puerto Rico and tourism isn’t such a big deal in his eyes. Had this been, say Kuwait, he wouldn’t give a sh*t if English was their main language or not. Rick Santorum went to Puerto Rico to pander for votes, while insulting the residents at the same time.  He is trying to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, which  does not designate an official language. He is either oblivious or implying that Puerto Ricans are stupid to the fact that there is no requirement that a territory adopt English as its primary language in order to become a state in our Constitution.

Here’s my advice to Republicans and Independents, vote for Rick Santorum to set America back decades, where we had to fight for civil rights and women’s rights.  Rick Santorum seems to think the right wing evangelicals and the blue-collar voters who don’t want a better life for their kids are enough to hand him the nomination and the U.S. presidency. That couldn’t be further from the truth. He has alienated blacks, women and now Hispanics with his holier-than-thou attitude. He  could alienate the 4.2 million Puerto Ricans who live on the U.S. mainland, including nearly 1 million in presidential swing-state Florida.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • JAT

    Everybody in Puerto Rico speaks Spanish and English. English ans Spanish are both Puerto Rico’s official languages.