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The U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico celebrate José Celso Barbosa Day on Friday, a holiday honoring the father of the Puerto Rico Republican Party’s birthday. It’s appropriate that the founder of the island’s Republican Party is also the father of the Puerto Rico statehood movement. It’s also a fitting opportunity to announce a new Republican campaign for statehood: GOP 4 Puerto Rico.
José Celso Barbosa’s legacy remains apparent today. Not only are Puerto Ricans overwhelmingly in favor of statehood, they also remain dedicated to conservative American ideals. They express their belief in traditional American values by consistently electing conservative leaders. In fact, the current Puerto Rico Representative to the U.S. Congress and Lieutenant Governor, as well as the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in the territorial legislature, are all Republicans. Yet their religiously, socially, and fiscally conservative American principles are unparalleled by their dedication to the truest American value: a commitment to serving their nation.
Soldiers - Puerto - Rico - Overseas - Years
Soldiers from Puerto Rico have fought overseas for over 100 years as members of the United States Armed Forces. They fought alongside their fellow American citizens to bring democracy – something that they do not have access to in the U.S. – to foreign lands. More than 1,200 Puerto Ricans have laid down their lives in service to their country and to bring democracy to others. Now, it’s time to reward their sacrifice and bring democracy to Puerto Rico.
Thomas Jefferson said, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Despite overwhelming support for statehood on the island, the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico have been denied the right to participate in the government of their own country, one for which they have fought and died. The single Puerto Rico representative to the U.S...
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