Después de la Revolución
Independence Day in the Republic of Puerto Rico! The Puerto Rican National Army is marching out to El Morro Castle to the tune of La Borinqueña, the national anthem. The newly elected president of the republic is content. It was a long hard battle but he won and the island would be better off for trusting in him.
It had been his logic from the very beginning to prey on the fears of the people. The fear that they would lose their American citizenship if Puerto Rico suddenly became independent. Everyone knew that their citizenship was by writ of Congress and not a guaranteed right. Everyone knew it could be taken away at a whim. And half the population of the island had not wanted to gamble on the future of the new republic. That was fine; actually perfect. Because, overnight, he had solved the housing and unemployment problems that had been plaguing the island for generations by nationalizing all the property that had been abandoned.
His new army was perfect. He assured himself it would never bomb any part of the Island—a thing the Citizens if Vieques were ecstatic about.
He was happy about how easy it was to drive around the island. It reminded him of the days before Operation Bootstrap when the roads were safe and there were no car jackings or road rage. Even his wife had started enjoying driving again!
He was delighted that the war on terrorism was going so badly in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, South Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Tibet, Myanmar, and the United Kingdom. With every country’s armies so busy, no one would be bothering his lovely paradise.
He was also happy that Haliburton had decided to leave Puerto Rico for good. They were too expensive and all they ever did was pollute the natural beauty of the Island. Besides, there was too much overcrowding. He just wanted to destroy the excess housing that he did not need anymore and plant trees.
Finally, he is happy because now he has given a new identity to all those poor souls who have been wandering around the USA and the rest of the world not knowing what a Puerto Rican was. He is proud because he has given his people a home and their identity back.