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Puerto Rico Sets stage to become 51 state of the United States.

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The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Official results
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STATEHOOD
802,179 61.15%
SOVEREIGN FREE ASSOCIATED STATE
436,997 33.31%
INDEPENDENCE
72,551 5.53%

So what happens now: Congress and Obama have to okay it. Obama has already pledge to do so. Now that leaves the House and the Senate.

Fingers crossed, we could have another island state.

Fun fact: this is the fifth time this has come up for vote. this is the only time it's passed.
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:iconavskyggene:
AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Let's just trade Texas for them.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
when does mexico get to become a state??
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:iconouroboroscobra:
OuroborosCobra Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Mexico became the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, and parts of a few others.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
yep, we whipped their ass and made them like it
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:iconchakatblackstar:
ChakatBlackstar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I hope not...I'll have to replace all my flags. Come to think of it, what would a 51 star flag even look like?
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DawnsBreak Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
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Here's a possible.
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:iconalphamale1980:
alphamale1980 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I suggest an additional requirement for statehood. Puerto Rico must provide every citizen within the US with a Pernil (roast pork shoulder) dinner.
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:icondkalban:
Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What if we're Jewish?
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:iconalphamale1980:
alphamale1980 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Then you should donate your delicious pork dinner to me :)
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
and added grease for Alpha
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:icondkalban:
Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cant they just make me a brisket or something?
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:iconalphamale1980:
alphamale1980 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Sorry, dude, they're world famous for roast pork... and rice and beans.
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:icondkalban:
Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
cant they apply what they do to the brisket? Its still meat you have to roast
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:iconalphamale1980:
alphamale1980 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Pork is not merely meat, it is the most wonderful and perfect food. It is the zenith of meat. I honestly have to say I could not be faithful to a religion that forbade bacon.
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:icondkalban:
Dkalban Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We make do.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
pueto rican women are the hottest in bed of any women in the universe
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:iconalphamale1980:
alphamale1980 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Look at him pretendin he's ever been with a woman... so cute.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
well, Im waiting for prez Oblamewhitey to send me some of those free rubbers
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julieanne714226 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
would be great. im hoping more places become states as well
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder if the Dems will take the opportunity to try to turn DC into a state while they're at it? PR is mostly poor (advantage Blue 1) and consists of Latinos (advantage Blue 2), making it likely to be a blue state and even harder for Republicans to gain national power. Adding ultra-blue DC to the mix would give Dems a nearly-impossible-to-falter base in terms of Electoral Votes and Senators/Congressmen. Every future election would be an uphill battle for conservatives, and only moderates would have even a hope of a prayer at the presidency.

I don't think the Dems have the power to make it happen at the moment, but with PR's statehood, the issue is likely to gain popularity. It's only a matter of time before someone seriously attempts to get the DC ball rolling.
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dc is a different, it's separate from Virginia and has a vote.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
DC went about 93 percent for Obama...need more proof black people are racist as fuck?
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:iconlovely-words:
Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of curiosity, why is it considered racist if black people vote for Obama, but not if white people vote for Romney?
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
it just appears that black people voted solely on color which makes them racist
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:iconlovely-words:
Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, what about all the white people throwing around racist slurs and say that they should "Put the white back in White House" or all the tweets calling Obama a nigger? How could it not be that the people who voted for Obama voted for him because their views lined up with him or because they didn't want Romney in power because of his classist, racist attitude (such as tanning himself in order to try and win over Latino voters) or because of his blatant comments about how he doesn't care about 47% of Americans?
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meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
look I dont' mind black people being racist...this is the uSA...its ok to be whatever you want to be, if they want to blame white people for their failure...so what, it doesn't shave no hair off my American Indian ass

He never said he didnt' care about anyone...but its a fact 47 percent pay no taxes so keep to the facts
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>47 percent pay no taxes.
Are you fucking stupid?
47 pay no INCOME TAX. do you make 250,000k a year?
you don't either. You pay other taxes.
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Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But that doesn't answer my question as to why you don't believe that white people are being racist when they voted for Romney. Why is it that you don't consider them racist before voting for a white guy, but you do consider a black person voting for a black guy to be racist?
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I understand that, but there's been recent discussion amongst the Dems of pushing for DC statehood. No one's had the balls to put a plan in motion yet.

Officially, it's for fairness to give them representation (right now, DC has 3 electoral votes but no congressional representation - they do have a House delegate but s/he is a non-voting delegate and not remotely the same as a House Representative).

The actual agenda is to extend the Democratic power base since, as one of the nation's strongest Democratic districts at D+40ish, DC is guaranteed to send 2 Democrat Senators and a Democrat House Rep to Congress at each election.

Dems will used the "no taxation without representation" slogan to justify DC statehood since they're being taxed with no voice of their own within the branch that makes tax law. But make no mistake - the real reason is going to be for a power grab.
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:iconpoopgoblyn:
Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I for one am extremely excited and happy to welcome aboard a 51st state!

Welcome to the Party, Puerto Rico!
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:iconanaliasunknown:
AnAliasUnknown Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Hmm, if that's the case, it'll be interesting to see what happens on our end.
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Senate and Obama both okayed the idea, it's the house everybody's wondering about.
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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Considering that Obama just got 70% of the Latino vote, $10 says that Congressional Republicans will fight tooth and nail to prevent Puerto Rico becoming a state.

Never the less, I'm glad to see Puerto Ricans moving toward a resolution of their status and deciding their future.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
yeah, 57 percent of all Latino households are on welfare....they def are democrats
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Kinda hypocritical seeing as Romney wanted to make Puerto Rico a state too. >.<;
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:iconkessy-athena:
kessy-athena Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL We're talking about politics - hypocrisy is practically required.
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TortelliniPen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I'm all for a new flag, but it does good to remember that the resolution is non-binding, and it may partly depend on who the governor of PR is. On that subject, pro-statehood incumbent Governor Fortuno was defeated by his challenger Padilla, who favors PR remaining a territory.
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true. it'd be interesting to see if he bends to the will of people.
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:iconjeweledscarab:
JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The flag is going to look wonky as fuck I'd they decide to go through with it.
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:iconrockstar1009:
rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I used to think that, too, until I saw this render: [link]

It actually doesn't look too terribly abnormal.
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:iconanaliasunknown:
AnAliasUnknown Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Oh, that doesn't look too bad, IMO.
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:iconjeweledscarab:
JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That render actually annoys me the most. It's off just enough to bother the fuck out of me.

If Puerto Rico wants to be a state, they need to put its star in the middle of the flag and make their state motto "Deal with it."
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well it's about time.

doesn't every president in recent history say they support PR?
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
From what I recall, yes. Bush Jr said he would have supported statehood if it was put on there, as did Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

However those're the only ones I know of.
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:iconthelightswentoutin99:
TheLightsWentOutIn99 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Writer
Bienvenidos, Puerto Rico.
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:iconcreamstar:
Creamstar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Congress has to approve them first and foremost, but there seems to be no reason that they would not.
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A republican controlled house that just lost a major election and control of the senate to democrats and independents says otherwise. Vengeance tactics.
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:iconpoopgoblyn:
Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Why would they take it out on Puerto Rico?
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:iconthe-unicorn-lord:
The-Unicorn-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would they take it out on the US but rewriting a health care law and making it so hard to understand it's now mocked?

To push their agenda.
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:iconpoopgoblyn:
Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
And what the hell does Puerto Rico have to do with their Agenda?

They don't like the health care law primarily because they are against the mandatory fact that the Government can now force you to purchase a particular product or service and "tax" you if you fail to do so.

Not to mention they are against a socialized system of health care, that's their opinion. And for what it's worth it's a legit position to have; the joke however is that we already HAVE free health care in this country and we've had for decades. You just had to be 65+ to get it.
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