Trump and Puerto Rico: robbery and chaos

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“When rich speculators prosper 
While farmers lose their land;
when government officials spend money
on weapons instead of cures;
when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.
It is not in keeping with the Tao. Tao Te Ching, Chapter 53

The hostile occupier of the White House tweeted on Oct. 12, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Meanwhile, more than a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the death toll from the storm has risen to 51, according to Puerto Rico's Department of Public Safety.

The latest two victims died from leptospirosis, an infection that can spread after floods through contaminated water. Deaths will continue to rise. The EPA warns the water contains chemicals that cause liver damage and an increased risk of cancer.

While about a third of Puerto Rico still lacks clean drinking water, more than 80 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity.

We have often seen San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz working waist deep in water fighting back tears in a desperate but heroic effort to serve her people. Given Trump's calloused and dismissive actions toward Puerto Rico she has conferred upon him the appropriate title of the “hater-in-chief.”

Mr. Trump's tweet about us not being able to keep our military etc. in Puerto Rico “forever” immediately brings Korea to mind for me. We have had our military there for at least 67 years.

What's the difference between Puerto Rico and Korea?

Why is it fine and yankee doodle dandy to keep a military presence in Korea indefinitely and have hair trigger exit syndrome regarding Puerto Rico? Not to mention that Puerto Ricans are American citizens!

The straight line to the truth is that Korea is a military cash and propaganda cow for us and we still treat Puerto Rico like a colony whose resources and citizens we can exploit.

Congress member Luis Gutiérrez makes it plain. “Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. They want to own it. They want to make Puerto Rico not part of the United States, but owned by the United States.”

The ancient Tao is more relevant than the latest twitter storm - “When government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures;
when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.”

Robbery and chaos has been our policy toward Puerto Rico long before Trump. He just cuts through the deceptive mirage that we have any human empathy for them.

The Tao brings it home with understated clarity.
“The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths...Be aware when things are out of balance. Robbery and chaos...is not in keeping with the Tao.”

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