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  •  better example Puerto Rico or hawaii (1+ / 0-)
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    if the native population started fighting to divvy off
    the islands, well the US DoD would go

    •  Puerto Rico, prolly not. (0+ / 0-)

      Puerto Rican independence is far less popular there than statehood or "sovereignty-association" (the current state of relations.)  If anything, the Right would not mind losing a large, Spanish-speaking possession and the Left would insist on letting Puerto Ricans do as they please.

      In Hawai'i, chances are that we'd run to the defense of the majority in Hawai'i that prefer statehood.  If you want to draw a parallel with the Crimea, imagine if the United States gave Hawai'i to Japan during the postwar Occupation after deporting most of the native Hawaiians to mainland reservations, then took it back after Japan's Diet becomes a mix of Socialists and Imperialists.  The native Hawaiians left behind fear nothing more than the return of the Americans.  The ethnic Americans fear the Japanese, as carefully taught in English-language media and at church.  The Japanese who moved to Hawaii are somewhat outnumbered by the Americans.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:25:38 AM PST

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