Sharks Versus Jets Redux

This is a strange rant from Mark Krikorian:

I’m at a hearing of the immigration subcommittee, and the pseudo-congressman from Puerto Rico is going on about how “we” are a nation of immigrants. “We”? Puerto Rico is a foreign country that became a colony of the United States in 1898, no different from the French colony of Togo or the British colony of Uganda (or the U.S. colony of the Philippines). Congress granted residents of the island U.S. citizenship during World War I, but Puerto Ricans remain a distinct people, a distinct nation, with their own (foreign) language, their own history, their own culture. Like other remnants of late-colonialism (like Belize, Djibouti, Comoros, etc.), most Puerto Ricans don’t want independence at this point, because it would end the gravy train. But that’s not our problem -- we need to end this unnatural situation and give the nation of Puerto Rico an independent state as soon as practicable.

When an official from a former colonial possession says "we,"  – when the constituency he represents sends soldiers to fight in American wars – that's a good thing. And the "foreign" language spoken on the island is the same one that was used in California when the United States took possession of it. In some ways, Puerto Rico became our problem when the United States government decided military necessity demanded a presence in the Carribean. And there is nothing "natural" or "unnatural" about the present political relationship.