If you do attend, Gov. Sila Calderon will be greeting you at the door. Her Commonwealth Government is footing the bill. Shes promising great entertainment but shes keeping it a big secret. Shes got scores of island bureaucrats searching for funny hats and noisemakers so that you can be ready when the fun begins. Shes already put a check for $600,000 into their hands and theres more in the kitty if they need it. She has also put the touch on some high rollers in the business community who are putting smiles on their faces and goodies on the table anything to keep the party going. Unfortunately, there are some ugly rumors going round about this "hoedown." Some are saying that this is all about sanctifying the Commonwealth status and glorifying the Governors political party.
DONT YOU BELIEVE IT!
She says it isnt so.
Dont worry if youre not going to be in San Juan on party day (year). This is a "movable feast." Its island-wide and the revelry will expand to mainland cities with large Puerto Rican populations. This "shindig" will come to you, wherever you happen to be. Also dont concern yourself about the cost. You deserve a little fun. With the higher taxes youre now paying, with the islands deficit growing and with so many folks out of work, a few laughs will do everyone good.
So "loosen up." Pretend that this party is really about honoring the Puerto Rico Constitution and the system of local government that it fostered. Pretend that its to recognize the accomplishments of Puerto Ricans who brought honor to their heritage and pride to the nation of their citizenship over the past half century. Banish words like "territory" and "colony" from your lips. Try to believe that it is an attempt to bring harmony and unity to the Puerto Rican population. Do you remember the tune, "Its The Best of Both Worlds?" You get it started and well all sing along.
And, well see you at the party!
By the way, what do you think?
Should Government Funds Be Spent On The Commonwealth Celebration?