what point do mainstream politicians and media commentators face the
fact that we have a deranged occupant of the White House?
what point will they stop acting as if he is simply odd or even
ego-centric and admit that there is something deeply wrong with the
responses to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz have been nothing short
of deplorable, and I use that word quite consciously. His words, in
the face of the almost indescribable devastation of Puerto Rico, are
beyond callous. They are beyond insensitive. They display a
complete lack of being in touch with reality and a mean-spiritedness
unlike anything that I have seen displayed by a President in recent
the Mayor of San Juan suggests that Puerto Rico is facing genocide,
she is clearly not using that term loosely. How does one explain the
complete lack of planning on the part of the US government with
regard to disaster recovery? How does one explain the failure to
have sufficient truck drivers to deploy to move supplies when there
is the US military available? How does one explain the relative
silence in Congress in the face of a disaster facing millions? How
can one rationalize an administration congratulating itself on a job
well done when Puerto Rico resembles the aftermath of carpet-bombing?
it as simple as Puerto Rico being an island of black and brown people
who cannot vote in Presidential elections? Is it that Puerto Rico’s
relevance to US capitalism and to the US war against Cuba is no
longer a priority?
Mayor Yulin Cruz cried ‘genocide’ it resonated in my
soul. I felt and knew that the Trump administration along with the
Congressional majority, could not give a damn about Puerto Rico. They
will not permit it independence NOR real equality, but would rather
string it along, paying as little attention as they can.
while the cavalier approach of Trump is demented, the larger problem
facing Puerto Rico is beyond that of one, arrogant individual.
Puerto Rico has been strangled economically for years through
policies of austerity. It is now being driven to the brink in the
aftermath of the incompetent and insensitive response by the US
government to Hurricane Maria.
are Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean to expect when the next
hurricane arrives? Trump seems to suggest an answer when he blasts
Puerto Ricans for not doing enough: fend for themselves!